Short Sand Beach, also known as "Short Sands" or "Shorty's," has become one of Oregon's most popular surfing and boogie boarding destinations. Smugglers Cove remains protected from heavy weather, and the breaks are relatively consistent. And even if you don't surf, the beach is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. In fact, the entire park was named for the beach when it was created in 1931, and it wasn't until 1958 that it was renamed after Governor Oswald West. The popularity of the beach is especially apparent in the peak summer months; try weekdays or winter for more solitude. To access the beach, take a short walk on the trail from the Oswald West State Park's main parking lot through an old-growth forest of Sitka Spruce alongside Short Sand Creek.
From Short Sand Beach you can access the moderate hike to the end of Cape Falcon, or even the more robust, 6.6-mile there-and-back hike to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain. Enjoy!
A profound concept originally envisioned by governor Oswald West, in 1967 the Oregon legislature ultimately realized his vision of making the entire Oregon Coast forever open to the public in a piece of landmark legislation titled the Oregon Beach Bill, officially making all 363 miles public land. "The People's Coast" is truly a one-of-a-kind coastline, a unique blend of mountains and rocky stacks, towering old growth forests, marine sanctuaries, tide pools and kelp forests, charming towns, historic fishing communities, world-class golfing, breweries, and simply jaw-dropping scenic beaches. We encourage you to plan your next trip at visittheoregoncoast.com or by calling (541) 574-2679.