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Ecola State Park

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  • View south toward Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park's southern day-use area.- Ecola State Park
  • View of Sea Lion Rocks. - Ecola State Park
  • Ecola State Park's southern day-use area.- Ecola State Park
  • Viewpoint and picnic area at Ecola State Park.- Ecola State Park
  • Ecola State Park's Indian Beach.- Ecola State Park
  • Ecola State Park.- Ecola State Park
  • Unidentified carrot/parsley species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Ecola State Park
  • View looking out into the Pacific Ocean from Ecola State Park's southern day-use area.- Ecola State Park
  • Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis nubigena).- Ecola State Park
  • Picnic shelter at Ecola State Park's southern day-use area.- Ecola State Park
  • View above Chapman Point and the distant Haystack Rock from the trail at the south end of the park.- Ecola State Park
  • Close-up of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse at sunset as seen from Indian Beach.- Ecola State Park
  • View to the south from Indian Beach at twilight.- Ecola State Park
  • Vibrant sunset over Indian Beach.- Ecola State Park
  • View above Chapman Point and the distant Haystack Rock from the trail at the south end of the park.- Ecola State Park
  • Bluff view of Ecola Point.- Ecola State Park
  • Classic Panorama view to the south toward Chapman Point and the distant Haystack Rock from the main day use area.- Ecola State Park
  • Tillamook Rock Lighthouse in the distance from Indian Beach at sunset.- Ecola State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Hiking on Tillamook Head. Great views of Cannon Beach. Indian Beach.
Cons: 
Crowded in the summer.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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It is easy to miss Ecola State Park if you are headed to Cannon Beach for a day at the coast.  The road to the park is a subtle turn just after the Cannon Beach exit, but this unassuming road leads to some of the best views, trails and beach access on the northern Oregon coast.

The drive toward the park’s entrance winds through stands of Sitka spruce and western hemlock that create a green canopy that completely envelops the road. Once through the entrance, green gives way to blue as views of the Pacific stretch south past Cannon Beach, north toward Seaside, and west as far as the eye can see. Have a picnic and take a stroll here, or if you are interested in more activity, hike the Tillamook Head Trail or the Clatsop Loop Trail interpretive route. The trails lead to dramatic ocean viewpoints, including views of the decommissioned lighthouse.  In its day, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was nicknamed “Terrible Tilly” for severe weather conditions and the dangerous commute that keepers and suppliers negotiated to maintain the lighthouse. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Watch for migrating gray whales from the higher ocean vantage points, and watch for Roosevelt elk and deer on the hiking trail. If you are interested in sea life, spend some time at the tide pools on Indian Beach, which is also a popular destination for surfers. The Crescent Beach Trail also accesses a less-trafficked nearby beach.

Ecola State Park stretches for 9 miles between Seaside and Cannon Beach, and you may choose to explore just a sliver of its terrain.  However you choose to experience it, you are sure to appreciate an area Captain William Clark believed to be “…the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes every surveyed…”

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