Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

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  • View of the Cape Kiwanda headland from Pacific City.- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Cape Kiwanda headland and Haystack Rock.- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Cape Kiwanda headland.- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Non-native American beachgrass (Ammophila breviligulata).- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Cape Kiwanda headland.- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Looking south from the Cape Kiwanda headland.- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Ochre star (Pisaster ochraceus).- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Waves rolling into Cape Kiwanda- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Cape Kiwanda shoreline looking north- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Cape Kiwanda Sunset- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • Cape Kiwanda at dusk- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • If the conditions are right, waves can crash high up onto the westernmost point of the cape.- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
  • If the conditions are right, waves can crash high up onto the westernmost point of the cape.- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Open sandy beach. Unique sandstone landform.
Cons: 
Vehicles driving and parked on beach.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Cape Kiwanda is the southern headland of the Three Capes Scenic Route, which also includes Cape Lookout and Cape Meares.  It is an extremely popular day-use area, and the unfortunate policy that keeps the beach open to vehicles only adds to the congestion of this natural area. However, a short haul up the cape's dunes will quickly put you in a setting that is far more serene.  From atop the cape you’ll get the best views of the eroded yellow sandstone headland, the area's birdlife, Haystack Rock to the southwest, Nestucca Bay to the south, and Cape Lookout to the north.

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