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“Unique beach”

Oswald West State Park
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Owner description: Scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped land, which is ideal for a variety of outdoor recreation including surfing, kayaking, bird watching, hiking and camping.
Tampa, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unique beach”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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Austin
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good scenic hikes”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We got a recommendation from a local to avoid the crowds at Cannon Beach and instead check out the beach and hiking trails at Oswald West State Park. They were right, since the beach and trails weren't too crowded on a nice August day. The 1/2 walk to the beach from the parking lot is shaded and follows a small creek which flows into the ocean. The beach area is small, but there was plenty enough space to lay out or swim/surf. If you hike the Cape Falcon trail from the beach, it's a pretty easy 2 mile hike to a point where you get a nice view of the coast. This was great for an afternoon of hiking and relaxing on the beach.

Visited August 2013
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Sarasota
Level 6 Contributor
307 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Excellent both for hiking and scenery”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

A good friend recommended Oswald to us, and it would be difficult to find a more beautiful place to discover what the Oregon coast has to offer. Beautiful walk downhill from the parking area to the Pacific. Not too strenuous up or down. Lovely old trees, beautiful beach, tidal pools. Bring a jacket or sweater - it can be quite windy and cold.

Visited August 2013
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Elyria, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Had an enjoyable walk at Oswald State Park. Do your feet a favor and wear hiking boots or shoes. Also, it would be a good idea to bring a sweater (even in the summer).

Visited August 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Awesome hike & waterfall”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Loved the hike to the point at Oswald West. Take sunscreen for the beach. The surfing looked really lovely, relaxing & open to amateurs which is always nice.

Visited July 2013
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