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Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach

Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Ecola State Park and many more Cannon Beach attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cannon Beach day trip planning website.
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  • How much coastline can you see? Never enough. The elevated views from the park are about as good as it gets. Make sure you make the drive to the Indian Beach Area as well.  more »
  • Park and pay your $5...what a deal! Amazing views, especially at low tide. Two stops, one is a beach experience and one offers a height advantage to see the great scenery from many directions.  more »
  • I live in the woods in WA State, and even I was impressed with the beauty of driving through the forest to the ocean. It offers multiple hikes along the ocean. We spent time on the beach and then...  more »
  • Tide Pools, Surfers, Life in the sea salt air! What I liked: The tide pools where we found Sea Anemones and other sea life. Watching the crabs hide between the rocks. What I didn't like: Watch your step on the last stair down to the shore the ground is uneven and pitted which could make for a short lived time here. Someone should post a sign. We arrived about 9:30 Am the air thick with sea salt on an amazingly sunny day. The drive to the beach is down a narrow yet well maintained beautiful road that takes you through a gorgeous old growth forest, where the shadows are so deep you'll need your headlights. My usually unimpressed teens set down their devices to take in how magical and beautiful the forest was. The view is only topped by the moment you walk out onto the initially Rocky beach of Ecola to witness the waves crashing upon distant rocks. We took the time to walk the whole beach to the Rocky out crop where the crabs dart between the shadows of the stones. From here you can take in the view of the island light house to the Northwest. On the walk back we watched surfers and played a bit in the warm sand. There is a reason Ecola is renowned, you won't be disappointed by your visit.
  • To be honest We didn’t do much homework before going on the hike, my husband and I ended up doing the lighthouse trail as many people did. The scenery along the trail was nice but the end of the trail for lighthouse was slightly disappointing. I swear there were better views of it along the way! But it was still a nice hike but if you want a view of the beach.. just stay at the beach.
  • I didn't get to spend much time here but there are some really fun outdoor activities to be done in the park outside of spending time on the beach. I can't wait to come back. Park entry is 5 dollars and well worth it. On both sides of the beach there is good rock climbing (just don't disturb the bird nesting areas), and the lighthouse trail loop is a beautiful hike. At low tide you can find sea anemones and starfish all along the rocks!
  • This was another place we went to to see where the Goonies was filmed, but that section on Indian Beach was closed. Boo, but we made the best of it!! Its a great place to have a family picnic, hike, swim, surf, which brings me to the fact that Point Break and The Twilight movies were filmed. I was able to take a pic of the scene where the pirate ship came out from! I recommend this BEAUTIFUL PARK!!
  • Lovely place to visit. The sea and coastline is awesome and you're so close. Not a place for sunbathing or swimming though. Great place to walk the dogs and loved ones. In May we were comfortable with light jackets.

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