Oregon Coast Parks
Ecola: Access is on the north end of Cannon Beach. A windy, two-lane road cuts through Sitka and Hemlock for roughly 2 miles, before opening up at the top. This park boasts some of the most breathtaking views on the Oregon coast. A year-round fee of $3.00 applies for day use. Tour busses and RV’s are not recommended.
Fort Stevens: Once a primary defense installation, Fort Stevens now offers camping, beach combing, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, an historic shipwreck and an historic military area. A network of nine miles of bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails allow you to explore the park through spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine.
Nehalem Bay: Imagine waking up to the song of the seagull, spending your afternoon on a kayak trip around Nehalem Bay, then taking a short walk over the dunes to the beach. There you’ll sit with a blanket and watch the sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain. Finally, snuggle down for the night while the ocean waves sing you a lullaby. This is Nehalem Bay State Park.
Oswald West: Located 10 miles south of Cannon Beach off Highway 10Visitors must park in one of two parking lots, and walk through the forest for 3/4 of a mile to reach the beach called Short Sands. This is also a popular destination for surfers.
Saddle Mountain: Two and a half miles. That’s all it is from the parking lot (elev. 1,650′) to the summit of Saddle Mountain (elev. 3,283′). Be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume of natural beauty packed onto the mountain, from a mature forest setting to fields of wildflowers to an open rocky summit. The view from the top of the mountain is one that cannot be described … it must be experienced.
Sunset Beach: Sunset Beach State Recreation Site marks the west trailhead of the historic Fort-to-Sea Trail – a 6.5 mile route that recreates the experience Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery encountered as they traveled between Fort Clatsop and the Pacific Ocean during the famous winter of 1805-6. Sunset Beach provides visitors with direct access to the Pacific Ocean with expansive views from Cape Disappointment to the north and Ecola State Park to the south.
Cannon Beach City Parks: There are also great parks right in Cannon Beach that include beach access, tennis courts, playgrounds, boat ramp, picnic tables and barbeques to add to your enjoyment of the Oregon coast.