Scenic Wonders

Scenic Wonders abound in Cannon Beach and surrounding areas! * Oswald State Park * Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail at Indian Beach * Tide pools at Haystack Rock

Neahkahnie Mountain

Neahkahnie Mountain

On a clear day, a hike up the mountain is highly recommended. The view is stunning beyond description. The hike is 3 miles round trip, with a 900 foot elevation gain.The trail is located off Highway 101 just south of Oswald West State Park on the east side of the highway. Look for the brown sign with a picture of hikers (between mileposts 41 and 42) and turn east onto the gravel road. The trail starts at the gray post to the left of the parking area. Difficulty: A moderate but steep 3-mile climb to the summit, gaining 900 feet of elevation. Add 2.1 miles and plan for a shuttle car if you continue to the campground. Open all year. Hiking Tips: The trail starts at a gray post on the left. Steep switchbacks lead up through meadows 0.9 mile to a ridgetop junction. Continue straight on a path that contours 0.6 mile around the wooded back of the mountain before emerging at the summit meadow viewpoint. This is the recommended turnaround point, although the trail does continue, dropping for 2 miles to a Highway 101 crossing and then ambling along sea bluffs 1.6 more miles to the Oswald West State Park campground parking lot.
Location: Mileposts 41-42 Highway 101 Oregon
Oswald West State Park

Oswald West State Park

The park, named after past Governor Oswald West, offers camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, fishing, beach access, hiking trails, old growth forest, marine life and restrooms. In the short, quarter-mile from the parking areas through the park to the beach you`ll feel like you`ve stepped into another time where everyday life is far away. There are several trails that lead to the beach, as well as a trail to the Cape Falcon overlook. You can also hook up with the Pacific Coast Trail. Maps are available at the beginning of the trails. The cove which contains the beach offers unusual privacy. It is popular with surfers, windsurfers and boogie boarders. All trails lead through a mature, old growth forest. Nurse logs abound - Spruce trees growing from the decaying trunks of downed trees.
Location: Nehalem, OR 97102
Phone: (503) 368-3575
The Astoria Column

The Astoria Column

The Astoria Column has served for over 80 years as a beacon on the Pacific Northwest Coast. It sits in a wooded area 600 feet above sea level on Coxcomb Hill, Astoria’s highest point. Majestic views of the countryside surrounding Astoria are the great Pacific Ocean to the west and the mighty Columbia River to the north. The Snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range rise to the east and Saddle Mountain reaches to the sky on the southern horizon.
Location: Coxcomb Dr. Astoria OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2963
Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock - a dedicated, protected Marine Garden - rises 235 feet out of the sand and the sea at the low tide line in Cannon Beach Oregon. Haystack Rock and the area around it are abundant with sea life. Care must be taken to avoid trampling this delicate life. The Rock is also home to many birds, including tufted puffins, gulls, and cormorants. Volunteer interpreters and protectors of the Rock and the life that it supports are on the beach during morning low tides during the summer.
Location: Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Phone: 503-436-2623
Ecola State Park

Ecola State Park

Ecola State Park offers year-round recreation for all types of modern day explorers. Stop for a picnic to feed your hungry adventurers before taking to the many miles of trails. At Indian Beach you can begin your own expedition on The Clatsop Loop Trail, a new interpretive trail you that gives you the chance to walk in the footsteps of Capt. Clark and his men. There`s more to the park than this rich history. 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 home. Spot migrating gray whales during winter and spring. $5 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $30 or a 24-month permit for $50. These 1- and 2-year permits are good at all state park day-use areas. Call (503) 436-2844 or (800) 551-6949 for information. Services Primitive Group shelter Reservable group shelter Fishing Beach access Hiking trail Forest Marine Beach Restrooms
Location: Ecola Park Rd. Cannon Beach OR 97110
Phone: (503) 436-2844
Nehalem Bay State Park

Nehalem Bay State Park

Crabbing and fishing on Nehalem Bay are popular. For a breathtaking view of the bay, fitness and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the 1.75 mile bike trail that circles the park airplane landing strip. Interpretive Programs & Events Offered Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend. Programs are open to the public and include: Junior Ranger programs for kids ages 6-12 Evening Programs featuring nature and/or history talks Guided Hikes & Special Events Junior Ranger programs take place at 10:30 am everyday and are located in back of the Amphitheater at the picnic table area. Amphitheater is located before loop D. Services Camping Accessible camping Electric Yurts, cabins, tepees Showers Dump station Horse camp Reservations Hiker/Biker Playgrounds Picnicking Boating Fishing Beach access Horse trail Hiking trail Bicycle trail Beach Interpretation Evening programs ADA restroom Year-round Restrooms
Location: 9500 Sandpiper Ln Nehalem OR 97131
Phone: (503) 986-0707