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Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site. Phone: 503-368-3575; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.846666; -123.961111.
Located 1 mile south of Cannon Beach off the highway, Arcadia State Recreation Site is a wonderful place to spend time at the beach. Here you can surf, watch tide pools or have a picnic. This beach stretches between 2 headlands, Humbug Point to the north and Lion Rock to the south. Low tide allows you to to pass both headlands.
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. Phone: 503-842-3182; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.469878; -123.968901.
Part of the Three Capes Scenic Route, this scenic viewpoint features an 1890's Cape Meares lighthouse that you can tour, hiking and walking trails through old growth spruce trees including the "Octopus Tree". Viewing migrating whales is possible in the winter and spring.
Del Ray Beach State Recreation Site. Phone: 503-861-3170 ext. 21; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 46.04444444,-123.923611.
Located 2 miles north of Gearhart off Highway 101, Del Rey is a wonderful place to enjoy the ocean and beach activities including kite flying and building sand castles. Enjoy beautiful sunsets.
Ecola State Park. Phone: 503-436-2844; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.923055,-123.96777.
Ecola Park is located between Seaside and Cannon Beach stretching the coastline for 9 miles. This day use park offers a walk through a Sitka spruce forest that opens to a grassy bluff with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Hiking trails provide cliff side viewpoints of secluded coves, forested promontories and an abandoned lighthouse. This is a popular place for surfing and wildlife viewing where you may spot gray whales migrating in the winter and spring.
Hug Point State Recreation Site. Phone: 503-368-3575; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.825325; -123.961106.
Located 5 miles south of Cannon Beach, Hug Point offers forested picnic areas and a short walk to the beach. Discover a seasonal waterfall, caves carved into sandstone cliffs and tide pools by walking a short distance to the north.
Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site. Phone: 503-368-5943; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.6430555, -123.940277.
Located off Highway 101 north of Rockaway, Manhattan Beach is a relaxing place for picnic and provides access to the beach.
Nehalem Bay State Park. Phone: 503-368-5154; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.70948; -123.936526.
Nehalem Bay Park is situated between the bay and the ocean on a 4 mile long sand spot. Walk over the sand dunes for your beach activities such as flying a kite and beach combing where you may find shells and agates. A bike path almost 2 miles long provides a stunning view of the bay. Other recreational opportunities include kayaking, crabbing, clamming, fishing and wildlife viewing. Pet friendly facility.
Oswald West State Park. Phone: 503-368-3575; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.775274; -123.945556.
Oswald has a secluded sandy beach and miles of hiking trails including 13 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail. Cape Falcon and Neah-kah-nie Mountain are two headlands offering more hikes. Surfing is a popular activity here.
Saddle Mountain State Natural Area. Phone: 503-368-5943; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.90623; -123.745565.
Located 8 miles northeast of Necanicum Junction off Highway 26, Saddle Mountain is best known for hiking trails where you can discover wildflowers, stunning scenery and a panoramic view from the summit of Saddle Mountain. For a shorter hike, take the 10 minute hike to the viewpoint on Humbug Mountain.
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site. Phone: 503-861-3170 ext. 21; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 46.0991; -123.9391.
Sunset Beach offers access to the ocean with a wide range of views from Cape Disappointment to the north and Ecola State Park to the south. There is an ADA accessible boardwalk leading to the beach.
Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. 1 mile south of Cannon Beach, Highway 101. GPS: 45.873611 N; -123.96111 W.
Located 1 mile south of Cannon Beach off Highway 101, Tolovana Beach offers a beautiful beach for all your favorite activities as well as views of Haystack Rock.
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Insiders' Guide to the Oregon Coast, 4th by Lizann Dunegan. This guide offers the most comprehensive information on what's happening along the more stretch of shoreline that comprises the Oregon Coast. From fishing villages to charming resort towns, discover the region's natural beauty, outdoor recreation and cultural attractions. Order now...
Day Hiking: Oregon Coast, 2nd edition by Bonnie Henderson. Mountaineer Books. It includes six new hikes in a completely revamped format including a quick guide to the hikes and lists outings by features such as walks/hikes to hidden beaches, along bay spits, lakes, or across sand dunes. Sidebars explore the natural history, flora and fauna, and geology of the area. Order now...
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