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State Parks

Cannon Beach is surrounded by some of the most spectacular State Parks in the Northwest. From exploring old-growth forests to whale watching, be sure to bring your camera and prepare to get lost in the beauty of the Oregon coast.

Ecola State Park

Website: www.oregonstateparks.org/park_188.php

Located two miles north of Cannon Beach, this park boasts some of the most breathtaking views on the Oregon Coast. Surfers ride the waves at Indian Beach and tide pools await your discovery. Keep a watchful eye open for the many species of wildlife and birds that call Ecola state park home. Take a 1.5 mile hike from Indian Beach trail head. Watch for migrating gray whales during winter and spring.

Oswald West State Park

Website: www.oregonstateparks.org/park_195.php

Located ten miles south of Cannon Beach off Highway 101, enjoy the amazing old growth forest with a quarter mile walk from any of the parking areas to the beach. This locals’ favorite has several different trails which lead to the beach, the Cape Falcon overlook, or to the Oregon Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park.

Nehalem Bay State Park

Website: www.oregonstateparks.org/park_201.php

Located twelve miles south of Cannon Beach off Highway 101, this park offers beautiful views of Nehalem bay and Neah-Kah-Nie mountain. Spend an afternoon on a kayak trip around Nehalem Bay, then taking a short walk over the dunes to the beach.

Fort Stevens State Park

Website: www.oregonstateparks.org/park_179.php

Located twenty miles north of Cannon Beach, this 3700 acre park offers exploration of history, nature, and recreational opportunities. Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation at the mouth of the Columbia River. The fort served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 3,700 acre park offering exploration of history, nature, and recreational opportunities.