Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco

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Cape Disappointment State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located southwest of Ilwaco, Washington, on the bottom end of Long Beach Peninsula, the northern headlands where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The state park's encompass a diverse landscape of old-growth forest, freshwater lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, and oceanside tidelands. Sights in the park include the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, of ocean beach, the North Head Lighthouse, and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.Cape Disappointment is one of several state parks and sites in Washington and Oregon that make up the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks.
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  • Did a couple of hikes and met porcupine, deer, and many birds. Some of the sites don't have much privacy but overall the place is well kept. Had wanted to see the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center b...  more »
  • Great place for a day out and some exploring. Nice hiking trails, lighthouse and the Lewis and Clark interpretive center, part of the Lewis and Clark NHP makes this a very interesting place.  more »
  • Our main destination was the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which had a lot of interesting exhibits and a short movie. Along the way we were treated to views of trees, rocks, beaches and lightho...  more »
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  • Wound up crashing here after a failed attempt at a private park. Park ranger was super helpful after a deer on the road kept us around long enough to have the conversation. Pretty sure we had the same deer munching on grass a couple hours after we got in. A couple racoons tried to mooch something after (had the food put away, so not sure what), and saw more stars in the sky than we've seen in a long while. Yes, it's Waikiki Beach, Washington; not Hawaii. Still totally worth the visit! Happy trails, friends!
  • What an amazing adventure. I walked from the parking lot down to the beach and got my first look at the lighthouse. It was around 5:00am so I could see the light making it's rounds off in the distance. Mist covered the entire mountain side for an absolutely stunning view. I was sooo excited for what was to come. The trail leading through the forest was still damp and the salmon berries seemed to go on forever. There is a small lagoon just past the Coast Guard station that is so peaceful it makes you want to set up camp. One could sit here and ponder or reflect on life for many days without leaving. The forest surrounding lighthouse is a perfect example of how wonderfully soothing nature is to our Soul. The lighthouse itself is something to behold. So majestic and statuesque, a silent and romantic symbol of the past. I recommend this vision of beauty to anyone who loves the ocean and forest. You will be delighted you made the trip and you will leave with a smile on your face.
  • Great diversity of camping sites. Great landmarks, trails, beaches, and other activities. Lots of driftwood. There is a shipwreck you can hike to, as well as a plane crash site. There are abandoned army fort structures, and two lighthouses. Clean bathrooms, and showers. Cabins,and yurts are availsble. Definitely worth the drive!
  • Good place for all camping events. Make sure to book sites with hookups if you're in a trailer. The beach is walking distance away depending on the site you book. There are two light houses that are very close. North Head and Cape "D" staff is nice, and the raccoons are friendly so pack your Food!
  • Beautiful location with lots of fun outdoor variety for the whole family. Close enough to town to get anything you need. Kids loved playing at the beach and hiking to the lighthouse. We will definitely be back.
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