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Beautiful! Go to Short Sands Beach

We stopped at a few viewpoints as we drove through the park and we walked to Short Sands Beach... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Laguna Niguel, California
It is horrible, stay away! :)

What a gorgeous beach. Starting with the hike down the trail, along the creek, and through the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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“cape falcon”(23 reviews)
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.
Cannon Beach, OR 97130
+1 800-551-6949
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped at a few viewpoints as we drove through the park and we walked to Short Sands Beach (Smugglers Cove) which was absolutely beautiful! So cool to hike .5 miles through a lush forest and end up at a beautiful beach. I would highly...More

Thank hayleypl
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a gorgeous beach. Starting with the hike down the trail, along the creek, and through the forest. Eventually, opening up to a gorgeous cove. Nice, wide beach. Cold water, as always. Everyone is super cool. One of my faves. Don't miss the waterfall at...More

Thank Anywhere_on_the_road
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best part of Oswald West State Park isn't visible without a commitment to a hike. For a beautiful and moderately easy short hike through heavy forest vegetation, take the Cape Falcon Trail down to Short Sands Beach (highly recommended). Or you can take the...More

1  Thank ColoradoJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We headed down the trail toward the beach but then took the old growth trail to the creek. Wonderful walk through old growth forest. The beach was great too. Ended up making a loop. Don’t miss this easy hike. Got some gorgeous pictures. Even better...More

Thank RgCgTexas
Reviewed 10 October 2018

So beautiful, so romantic, so peaceful, so quiet and gentle there. I loved this gorgeous beach. I highly recommend it.

Thank Penney B
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Oswald West State Park is a true gem. The trails through the temperate rainforest are truly magical as they lead you to cliff views of the Pacific.

Thank chrisnilsson2015
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Pull over! Get out. Go look at this gorgeous scenery and view. Take it all in. You won't want to leave.

Thank JoanRoams
Reviewed 30 September 2018

There are many viewpoints on this hike where you can stop and enjoy and turn back if the hike is too long. It took us about an hour each way on this hike and we spent considerable time at the top

Thank Judy M
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

I was lucky enough to visit Short Sands Beach with the Cordilleran Tours coastal encounter. It was one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever visited but more importantly, the forest! Huge old growth Sitka spruces and amazing old root balls. Watching the surfers was...More

Thank TrailBlazer776072
Reviewed 25 August 2018

We hiked the Neahkahnie Trail hoping to have great views of the ocean. The trail is good climb, about 1400' to the viewpoint. About 10-15 other people were also hiking up. Unfortunately due to smoke there were no views. I definitely recommend it on a...More

Thank njg191
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1 June 2016|
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Response from Cougar11 | Reviewed this property |
In dry conditions a good athletic shoe should be fine; if wet, I would recommend hiking boots. Also dress in layers as temps vary along the trails and be sure to bring drinking water for each hiker.
Lindsay C
23 May 2016|
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Response from Cougar11 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a wide asphalt gradual pathway that goes to the beach. You access this trail from the parking lot on the east side of 101
22 December 2015|
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Response from detaildiva | Reviewed this property |
Just google transportation from Portland to Cannon Beach. There are some bus lines that go there regularly. Once there you would still need to get to the park, ( 15 -20 min. down the coast ). The Cannon Beach Chamber might... More