Cape Meares State Park, Oregon

Cape Meares State Park
Cape Meares State Park

Pictured here is the beach of Cape Meares State Park.

If you like to hunt agates and other earth treasures this beach is for you. There is plenty of space to walk, listen to the waves and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Be sure to walk south towards the basalt face of Cape Meares and get a closer view of this geologic wonder.

From the beach, a short drive south on the main road will allow you a close view of the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Cape Meares State Park is located about 15 miles west of Tillamook, OR.

Ecola State Park, Oregon

Rest on a bench while watching Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Rest on a bench while watching Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, Ecola State Park

Ecola State Park is a very popular spot to visit, especially if you live near Portland, OR. Almost a straight shot west from Portland on Highway 26 Ecola State Park offers a wide variety of activities.

  • Turn left just after entering the park for Crescent Beach access. Here you will find a nice spot to picnic and enjoy breathtaking views.
  • Turn right for easier beach access at Indian Beach. Hiking trails up the coastal bluffs give you better views of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.
Sea Lion Rock - home of many different species of wildlife, Ecola State Park Oregon
Sea Lion Rock – home of many different species of wildlife, Ecola State Park Oregon

Crescent Beach

There are lots of picnic tables but on the weekends things can be a bit crowded so bring a blanket on which to sit.

A short walk from the parking lot, a well paved trail, will take you out the viewpoint where the picture of Sea Lion Rock was taken. This is a prime spot for whale watching. If you forget your own binoculars the park has provided some coin (quarter) activated viewers.

Trails lead from the parking area down to the sandy beaches below. The trails can be steep and footing unsure on loose rocky ground.

Indian Beach

A short one mile drive from the park entrance, on a narrow winding road, is Indian Beach. Here you will find easy beach access a few yards from the parking area. Lots of water addicts come here to swim, surf and just plain enjoy the sun.

If hiking is your thing you can hike north along the coastal bluffs for less than a mile and look STRAIGHT down to the ocean and beaches below. There are several looping points, or if a long hike is what you’re looking for, the full six miles to Seaside, OR., will give you a great workout. This six mile trail was thought to have been originally hiked by Louis and Clark while locating Native American tribes to trade with for supplies.


Ecola State Park is located just north of Cannon Beach, OR. Highway 101 will give you your easiest access to the Cannon Beach. A slow but short drive through a villa of tourist traps winds through town on your way to the park.

Cape Kiwanda State Park, Oregon

Beach at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon
Beach at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

Pictured here is the beach at Cape Kiwanda. The beach is a wonderful fine sand, ideal for building a sandcastle. Surfers and windsurfers alike flock to this park because of the sheltered cove offered by Cape Kiwanda. Just to the left of this picture you will find Haystack Rock.

Cape Kiwanda State Park is located near Pacific City, OR.