Oswald West State Park
Along Oregon’s northern stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway between Manzanita and Cannon Beach sits one of Oregon’s natural gems: Oswald West State Park. Named for a former governor of Oregon, this park is marked by hiking trails to stunning vistas and to a delightful beach. Since 1931 the park has been a destination for locals and tourists alike.
If you are looking for views, consider the Cape Falcon Trail, a 2.3 mile hike to an overlook where one can see for miles to the North or South. More experienced hikers may consider the longer Oregon Coast Trail which runs through the park. For the less experienced hiker, a variety short hikes (under a mile) exist that allow most individuals to experience the splendor of the old growth Sitka Spruce forests in the park. Short Sands Beach is popular destination for surfers and boogie boarders as well as a great location to observe sea creatures in tidepools at low tide.
Oswald West is currently day use only. Pets are allowed if leashed, though visitors must dispose of any pet waste properly.