Oswald West State Park - Hike and Swim near Arch Cape, Oregon
Oswald West State Park, Arch Cape, OR 97102, USA,Arch Cape,Oregon
45.76536749142834, -123.97923231124878
3.7 miles S of Arch Cape, Oregon
Address: Oswald West State Park, Arch Cape, OR 97102, USA
GPS: 45°45'55.3"N 123°58'45.2"W
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State: Oregon

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This 2,484-acre state park is located just two hours west of Portland and provides numerous hiking and surfing opportunities. It's also home to one of the better beaches along the Oregon Coast with a secluded sandy beach. It's called Short Sands beach but the locals call it "Shorty's". There are miles and miles of trails through the amazing rainforest that is Oswald West State Park. These trails offer gorgeous scenery of the forest and the Pacific Ocean. If you want a break from hiking, walk down to the beach and explore the amazing tide pools where you'll find neat little sea creatures hiding.This is a great place for anyone young or old to explore!

If hiking isn't your thing, surfing is a common activity many locals and visitors enjoy. Although this part of the coast isn't as well-known like other areas, it is still teeming with activity and can be quite busy during the summer and especially on weekends. This beach has exposed beach break and reliable and consistent waves any time of the year making this an ideal surfing destination. You will likely see many people in wetsuits carrying their surfboards down to the beach to catch the next big wave.

NOTE: Watch out for dangerous rip tides and make sure you know how to spot them.

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Arch Cape, Oregon

  1. Head south on US-101 S toward Cedar Ln (2.6 mi)
  2. Turn right onto Falcon Cove Rd (0.4 mi)
  3. Turn left onto Elk Flat Rd (0.6 mi)
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