We were driving southbound on 101 and pulled into a parking area that had a sign for Oswald West State Park. We followed a trail through a lovely wooded area and eventually came to the beach. This beach has a large sandy area and seemed to be very popular with surfers. There were also several families with children. The children were not swimming but seemed to be enjoying themselves playing in the sand and around the tidal pools. Some groups were sitting on logs and enjoying fires made from driftwood. We turned to the right and walked toward a small waterfall I had read about. There wasn't much to it being that this is the dry season for Oregon. As we approached it we noticed two caves. One was about 15 feet deep and was easy to walk in. They may get water in them at high tide. On the way back to our car we decided to take the trail that the surfers were using to get to the beach. This one was next to a stream and was shorter than the first one we took to get down to the beach. When we reached 101 our car was just a short walk to the north. If you are looking for a nice hike and an uncrowded beach, this place is for you.
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