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Ecola State Park


Wrapping around Tillamook Head, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park stretches along 9 miles of coastline and offers outstanding sightseeing and recreation opportunities combined with a storied past. Though the scenic and hiking opportunities may be the main allure, the diversity of outdoor recreation including picnicking, tidepooling, surfing and wildlife observation make Ecola State park a destination year round.

Sightseeing opportunities begin the moment you enter the park. The entrance road meanders through a lush Sitka spruce forest, eventually opening up to a grassy bluff offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. You may recognize the viewpoint south, a scene from many published photographs. Sea stacks punctuate the long sweep of shoreline south, backed by the town of Cannon Beach and ridge of coastal mountains above.

Ecola's trails offer cliff side viewpoints of secluded coves, forested promontories and even a long abandoned lighthouse. The park's network of trails include an 8 mile segment of the Oregon Coast Trail, and a 2 1/2 mile historical interpretive route called the Clatsop Loop Trail. Part of the Clatsop Loop Trail and the trail over Tillamook Head follow in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery. Captain William Clark and 12 members of the Corps of Discovery traveled through what is now the park in 1806 in search of a beached whale near present-day Cannon Beach. After scaling the north slope of Tillamook Head and reaching one of its viewpoints, Clarke described the vista as "the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed"

Stop for a picnic before taking to the many miles of trails. Visit Indian Beach, a secluded sandy beach, popular with surfers and beach goers, offering tide pools and scenic splendor. Keep a watchful eye open for the park's wildlife, such as deer, elk or eagles soaring overhead. You may even spot migrating gray whales throughout winter and spring.


Stan Sivachev

Monday, May 28, 2018
Nice park nice view points, clean and well maintained. Has tables for small and large groups, but not many. 4 out of 5 because they don't want to spend the time and money to restore the main view point after some damage from bad weather. Its blocked off. A nice park to spend a day in overall. Recommended.

Jenna Schaser

Saturday, May 5, 2018
$5 for Parking. Several different hiking paths. The main lookout path is stroller friendly. Bathrooms available. We spent all day here. We saw whales from the lookout. We also saw Elk on our way down to the Indian beach. Definitely recommend stopping here. Love that it’s so close to town as well.

Debbie Cranberryfries

Friday, May 25, 2018
Delightful views! Even the drive in to the couple of look out spots was serene and enjoyable. We went early in the morning and we were able to have part of it to ourselves for quite a while. The birds, the waves, the breeze, so great. Definitely worth the time and the small fee ($5 a car) to enter.

David Rodenbaugh

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Very nice park! Lots to see and do here. Very nice hiking trails as well as a great staff to work here, very knowledgeable and helpful. The 5$fee to get into the park is nothing compared to what you'll get inside. Amazing views all the way around the place!!!

Leila Nattagh

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
We are so glad we stopped here after Cannon beach. Beautiful viewpoint just off the parking area. $5 entry per vehicle. There is a trail attached which is just breathtaking. When we got back from the trail, we were witness to 8 Elk just hanging out and eating grass.

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