Oswald West State Park Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 32 photos

Oswald West was Oregon's governor from 1911 to 1915. He built a weekend/vacation cabin just above the beach near Haystack Rock in what is now Cannon Beach in 1911. As a part-time Coastal resident, West was well aware that the beaches were used as a main road in the pre-auto era. In 1913, he recognized that fact officially and declared that all wet sand areas - the inter-tidal zone - to be a part of the public domain. This action was later backed up by the Legislature and would become the basis for later environmental actions in the mid 1960's which would enlarge upon West's protective actions. To remember the actions of Governor West, the State has named this gorgeous Park after him. The Park protects the headlands of Neahkanie Mountain and Cape Falcon - two rugged areas which served to isolate the Nehalem and Tillamook Valleys to the south from the Clatsop Plains and beaches to the north. The heart of the Park is the Short Sand Beach in Smuggler's Cove - reached by a .75 mile trail dropping down through primeval rain forest. Beaches, tidal pools, rain forests and splendid hikes all await the visitor to this fine example of what the Oregon Coast was once before the vacation home sprawl expansion of recent years.

  • Last visit to Oswald West State Park: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Jul 31, 2008
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