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Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach

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Stretching 14 km (9 mi) along the Pacific, Ecola State Park features lush forests, open ocean views, wildlife, nature trails, and picnic spots. Hiking through the forest, you'll come across cliff-side viewpoints, offering views of secluded coves, forested promontories, and an abandoned lighthouse. Wear good hiking boots and be ready for deer, elk, eagle, and whale encounters. There may be surfers and beach goers on some of the shores, as well as groups of people gathered to watch marine life that has adapted to living on the rocks in the shallow ocean pools. Before you head to Cannon Beach, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cannon Beach trip generator, to make sure you see all that Cannon Beach has to offer, including Ecola State Park.
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  • Great views of Haystack Rock and a lighthouse (the name escapes me). Plenty of parking and restrooms available. I didn't see any place to eat so you might want to bring a lunch. Cannon Beach is not fa...  more »
  • The bad is that so much of the trail system was shut down due to slides. Trail closures led us to take the Crescent Beach Trail. The trail was in decent shape if you're in shape! There's pretty good g...  more »
  • Nice drive back to the park from highway 101. On a clear day the views looking South down the coast are wonderful. Don't miss this gem!  more »
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  • Great short hiking in the woods and views, connected to miles of beach that is on the edge of Cannon Beach (including Goonie's Rock). Cannon Beach has a lot of restaurants and shops including a really upscale grocery mart with a good section of mid and high priced wines. If you are heading north up the coast,consider stopping at Fort Stevens State Park that has weekly bird tours, daily kayak tours, junior ranger sessions in the summer, bike rentals, clamming, beaching, hiking... Connected to Fort Stevens State Park is Historic Fort Stevens museum and gift shop. Although moderate sized, both are very nice. The museum also hosts ticketed truck (army personnel carrier) tours of the military installations.
  • It was fun to watch the surfboarders working on the waves and some were learning. Really there were quite a few people there, but most were packing up to head home. Love it and will go back as soon as I can.
  • The forest is beautiful. The beaches are nicely persevered. There are a few nice trails. Overall, it's a nice place to visit, but you can get a similar experience at an adjacent beach.
  • Beautiful old growth Douglas fir and spectacular coastline views. Unfortunately some of the hikes are closed due to landslides, however it is still worth the visit. Drive in can be a bit harrying with the narrow road and switchbacks. Drive slowly and do not bring up an RV or trailer.
  • Check out Indian Beach. Cannon is worth the visit as well, but Indian is off the beaten path and a great spot to revel in nature's beauty while also checking some filming location visits off your least (see the final scenes of Goonies & Point Break, both filmed at Indian Beach). Do beware of the great white sharks though. There was a surfer attacked in 2016 who was lucky to survive and a big ol' shark sighted just off the north side rocks when we visited over Memorial Day Weekend 2017.