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Oswald West State Park

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • Short Sand Beach.- Oswald West State Park
  • View out toward Short Sand Beach.- Oswald West State Park
  • Giant Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis).- Oswald West State Park
  • Surfers in Smugglers Cove.- Oswald West State Park
  • View from Cape Falcon toward Neahkahnie Mountain (1,680').- Oswald West State Park
  • Columbia lily (Lilium columbianum).- Oswald West State Park
  • View from Cape Falcon.- Oswald West State Park
  • View out toward the Pacific near the Devil's Cauldron overlook.- Oswald West State Park
  • View from the Devil's Cauldron overlook.- Oswald West State Park
  • The park's old-growth tree canopy.- Oswald West State Park
  • Toughleaf iris (Iris tenax).- Oswald West State Park
  • Forest on the trail up to the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain.- Oswald West State Park
  • Neahkahnie Mountain (1,680').- Oswald West State Park
  • View looking southeast from the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain.- Oswald West State Park
  • View looking south from the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain.- Oswald West State Park
  • Non-native foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) on the trail up to Neahkahnie Mountain.- Oswald West State Park
  • Basalt sea cliffs on the lower north side of Cape Falcon.- Oswald West State Park
  • View to the north toward Arch Cape from high upon the bluff.- Oswald West State Park
  • A sheltered cove north of Cape Falcon.- Oswald West State Park
  • The trail tunnels through an old-growth Sitka spruce tree.- Oswald West State Park
  • View to the south from Cape Falcon.- Oswald West State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Sitka spruce old-growth forest. Numerous hikes. Surfing. Short Sand Beach.
Cons: 
Peak summer crowds.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Located just 10 miles south of Cannon Beach, Oswald West State Park is one of Oregon’s finest wilderness recreation sites.  Smugglers Cove is home to one of the state’s best surf destinations, Short Sand Beach, but the park also offers day-use picnic areas, an incredible old-growth coastal forest featuring some of the state’s largest Sitka spruces, and many miles of trails, including hikes to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain, Cape Falcon and Arch Cape.  A walk-in campground with 30 sites functioned until 2009, when it was closed due to abundant tree falling hazards.  The park is named for Oswald West, Oregon’s 14th Governor (1911-1915) and the chief advocate for protecting the public's right to access and use the state’s beaches.

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