Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oswald West State Park - Oregon Coast Actitivies #4 from 101 Things to Do On The Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast Activity - #4 Oswald West State Park

Oswald West State Park
Named after Oregon's 14th Governor Oswald West, Oswald West State Park has a bit of everything. Verdant old growth forests, wooden bridges, a sandy beach, spectacular views, hiking trails and even folk lore. It's been rumored that pirates hid gold somewhere near Smuggler's Cove.

Cape Falcoln Trail:
This easy hike is 5 miles and takes approx. 2 1/2 hours.
From the parking lot, head west to access the trailhead. After winding for approximately half a mile beneath towering Douglas fir and western red cedars, the trail splits to allow access to Short Sand Beach. Keep to the right. Just before crossing a wooden footbridge at the two-mile mark, explorers can view tiny Blumenthal Falls as it dribbles into the Pacific. After another half mile, hikers must do battle with a tangle of shrubbery, but once past it they’ll be rewarded with stunning seaward vistas. Return the same way.
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Smuggler's Cove

Footbridge over Short Sand Creek

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 Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast Activities #4 from 101 Things to Do on the Oregon Coast
Easy day trips from our Pacific City, Tillamook, Oceanside hotel alternative, Sandlake Country Inn

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