Fun Things to Do at Cannon Beach this Summer

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Located about 10 miles south of the city of Cannon Beach, Oswald West State Park is part of the state park system of the U.S. state of Oregon.

The park covers 2,448 acres, with many miles of hiking trails both inside the park grounds and linking to other parks and landmarks beyond.

Find Neahkahnie Mountain, Short Sand Beach, Short Sand Creek, Necarney Creek, Cape Falcon, and Smugglers Cove and the Oregon Coast Trail inside the park.

Surf at the cove and unravel the urban legend of a pirate treasure buried nearby!

Let's explore this amazing place with Tripboba!



Oswald West State Park is a scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped land. The park is ideal for a variety of outdoor recreation including surfing, kayaking, bird watching, hiking and camping. Try out many of their hiking trails which weave their ways through the entire parks, some leading to the coastline.
Have a beautiful walk through old growth forest over to the cove/shore. Feast upon a stunning view from multiple vantages in the cove where one large creek and several smaller ones empty into the cove. There’s even a waterfall inside the park.


Discovering the beauty of Oswald West State Park in a day seems impossible, but if you’ve got a very limited time in hands, make sure to visit the Smugglers Cove. Urban legend claims pirate treasure is buried near Smugglers Cove but has never been found.
A popular beach that’s alive with activity on any weekend or summer day, Short Sand Beach lies sheltered in a cove blanketed by forests and edged with volcanic basalt and sandstone cliffs characteristic of the Oregon coastline. The path to the beach is easy to find and a relatively short walk. The trail down is very picturesque, tree covered with lush vegetation and creeks along side as well as a small suspension bridge to cross. This quiet beach is perfect for surfing or having picnic.
Oswald West State Park offers miles of hiking trails in this 2,484 acre park. You can always explore the ones most convenient for you: lots of the great hikes in this park that are good for all levels of fitness, ranging from flat and easy to steep and twisty. However, make sure you don’t miss a nice hike through a forest filled with huge spruce trees toward the Cape Falcon.

Cape Falcon Trailhead

A beautiful place for hiking with tremendous views.

Recomend packing a little snack to enjoy at the top.

Totally worth the hike.

Address : Arch Cape, OR 97102, USA

Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park

Short Sand is a popular surf beach and very welcoming to families with small children.

What a fantastic find along the highway.

Easy hike through magik old growth forests, waterfall, river, tide pools, cliffs, waves, sand.

Address : Arch Cape, OR 97102, USA


If you love spending your night outdoor, we’re afraid to inform you that Oswald West State Park doesn’t offer camping. However, there are other amenities and features you can enjoy instead such as hiking trails, picnicking, viewpoint, restrooms flush, beach access, and fishing.


Oswald West State Park is open for day-use with reduced services amid the pandemic spreads. Currently, there’s limitation in parking, so be prepared to turn around if lot is full.
During the pandemic spreads, please don’t forget to wear face masks, maintain six-foot social distancing, and keep your hands clean by washing them regularly with soap or hand sanitizer.


People do day-trips all the time, especially during the winter and spring when the surf is kicking up.


Arch Cape Inn and Retreat is one among the best hotels and resorts around Oswald West State Park. Experience a picturesque castle-like hotel, offering naturally romantic chateau and unique guest rooms. The hotel features 10 well-appointed rooms, as well as a gracious Common Room, outdoor terrace, manicured gardens, and we are a short walk from 2.5 miles of secluded Oregon coastline. Pst, it’s also a pet-friendly lodging!

Arch Cape Inn and Retreat

If you are looking for a romantic get away this is it!

With your own sauna in the room and an open floor plan with rain down shower, king bed, and fire place, love is definitely in the air.

Sounds of the surf and views from the rooms at this price-point are divine.

Daily breakfast is delightfully crafted with tempting flavor palates and locally roasted coffee.

This place has so many accommodations, it makes every penny definitely worth it.

Address : 31970 E Ocean Ln, Arch Cape, OR 97102, USA


Head south to Manzanita City and you’ll find many restaurants spread across the coastal area. Make sure to try out the best baked goods offered by Bread and Ocean Bakery. Have a pleasant breakfast or lunch there. People love their cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, granolas, polentas, soups, and not to mention the coffee.
If you’re looking for a whiskey bar with great selections of drinks and food, pay a visit to MacGregor’s. The site is small but well organized and popular with the locals as well which says a lot.

MacGregor's Whiskey Bar

Great spot for catching up with friends and family.

A wonderful selection of liquor, great service and food.

Great service and an awesome whiskey collection with nicely assembled flights.

The outdoor seating area is lovely, and the staff really knows their stuff.

Address : 387 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130, USA

Bread and Ocean Bakery

Fantastic breakfast place with lots of space for the kids.

The menu is mostly burgers, pizzas and sandwiches.

Food is great and the bagels especially good.

Address : 414 N Prom, Seaside, OR 97138, USA


Unfortunately, there’s no visitor's center or gift shops at Oswald West State Park. However, if you want to go the extra mile, you can head to Mo’s Restaurant and shop in their gift shop selling some stuffed animals and ocean souvenirs.

Mo's Restaurant

Amazing food! Amazing food that exceeded my expectations! Some non spicy choices. We had vegetable casserole, daughter had Caribbean creole chicken. Thanks for a great sit down dinner.

Excellent! Creole sauce beans and rice with veggies....omg...delicious. My favorite meal down here so far. Key Lime pie...yum!

Best food in key west Mo's was the best food we're had in the Keys. Very good authentic Caribbean food. I had the shrimp creole dish that was amazing, fresh and completely from scratch. We were greeted, seated order taken and...

Address : 1116 White St, Key West, FL 33040-3327