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If you are looking for a picturesque place to relax, enjoy outrageous coast beauty, inhale fresh coastal air and feel the stress melt away with the coastal wind, Ecola State Park is the right site to visit.

Located off Highway 101, just North of Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park offers some of the most breathtaking and exquisite views to be found on the spectacular Oregon Coast. Offering year-round recreation for all types of modern day explorers, Ecola State Park is perfect for hiking, biking, surfing and other outdoor fun. It offers adventurers many miles of trails in a stunningly beautiful setting. Surfers ride the waves at Indian Beach and tide pools await your discovery. Keep a watchful eye open for the many species of wildlife and birds that call Ecola home. Spot migrating gray whales during winter and spring.

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The main section of the park is Ecola Point, where numerous viewpoints offer you picturesque views of Ecola State Park and Crescent Beach, Haystack Rock and the lighthouse. It’s also a popular site for whale watching during the twice-yearly migrations. To the South lies Cannon Beach and its landmark Haystack Rock. Here the mists and fog rival with the sun to create an ever-changing vista, with the surf changing from low white foam to crashing swells, from cobalt blue to sea green, to the myriad shades of grey in a storm. You will never see the same scene twice!

In the days passed, one of the first attractions of Ecola State Park was a beached whale. In 1806, Captain William Clark and twelve members of the Corps of Discovery mounted the rocky headlands and fought their way through thick shrubs and dense forest of old growth Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock to get to the whale in what is now Ecola State Park.

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Today, a paved road leading from Cannon Beach will make your trek to the park much easier. Winding your way through towering Sitka spruce, you suddenly emerge upon a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to have your camera ready. If you are an adventurer in the soul, at Indian Beach you can start your own expedition on The Clatsop Loop Trail, a new interpretive trail that gives you the chance to walk in the footsteps of Captain Clark and his men.

The beaches in Ecola State Park are ideal for beach walking. Overnight camping is not permitted, although there is a hike-in camp 1.5 miles from the Indian Beach trailhead. Ecola State Park features several picnic areas with barbecues and restrooms. Dogs are allowed on a leash, but horses are not allowed.

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From the parking lot, trails lead to several viewing points within the park. Take the trail up around the point for an excellent view of "Terrible Tilly", Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. This mysterious beauty lies about a mile and a half offshore and during its lifetime it claimed many lives, especially during its construction. Storms frequently wrecked the lighthouse, sometimes sending great boulders crashing into it. It is rumored that those who occupied it in shifts lasting several months sometimes went a little koo koo because of the solitude. These days, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse serves as a wildlife refuge and a place that holds urns of ashes of the deceased.

The six mile Tillamook Head Trail runs from Cannon Beach to Seaside. The trail is the same one followed by Lewis and Clark. There is also a two mile horseshoe trail to Indian Beach and Indian Creek. From Indian Creek, the Trail leads up to Indian Point offering more stunning views, including an excellent view of Terrible Tilly, past an old camp and bunker. Bring your binoculars! Twice a year whales can be seen during their migration.

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Located 2 miles South of Crescent City, long and sandy Crescent Beach is very popular among beachcombers, surfers and surf fishermen. Crescent Beach overlook serves as a great whale-watching outpost during the Southern migration in December and January and return migration in March and April.

Ideal for boating, fishing, golfing, swimming, hiking, and whitewater paddling, Crescent Beach offers a delightful view and a plethora of outdoor opportunities. Chapman Point is in the vicinity of Crescent Beach and is a good place to explore, and Fort Clatsop National Memorial is a perfect site to visit. Enjoy a round of golf at Highlands Golf Course not far from Crescent Beach, and what would a site like Crescent Beach be without exciting nearby features like Sea Lion Rock Arch. While you are at Crescent Beach you can play some golf at Seaside Golf Course and visit Hug Point State Park. Ecola Point is not far from Crescent Beach at all, and there are plenty of people from Astoria here. You will wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the entertainments at Crescent Beach.

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This is a beautiful, rugged area, with Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock in the distance. Haystack Rock is the big recognizable landmark of Cannon Beach, and one of the most photographed beach spots in the state of Oregon. It is actually the third largest monolith in the world. The main seastack is called Haystack Rock and the two accompanying rocks are called the "needles".

At low tide, Haystack is quite accessible and is a nice place for tide pool viewing. It’s famous for its plentiful marine gardens. The main part of the rock is a bird refuge, so make sure you pay attention to the signs telling where not to go.