Ecola State Park


Ecola State Park, just off U.S. Highway 101, has two beautiful beaches. Crescent Beach is a half-mile long and sandy; it offers picnic shelters and restrooms. Indian Beach is about the same length and has both sandy and rocky sections (though amenities include only pit toilets). Kayakers, surfers, and swimmers like the waters here, but no lifeguards are on duty. There a couple of great hikes here. One leads to a spot overlooking the 19th-century Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, also known as Terrible Tilly because of its hard-to-access location and the difficulties encountered while building it.

Although decommissioned in 1957, there have since been reports of a mysterious glow emanating from this lighthouse. Through the years, old-time lighthouse keepers---some of whom supposedly haunt the place themselves---reported hearing disembodied shouts from below and seeing phantom vessels. Be on the lookout for more than just ghost ships; in spring and fall, you might spot migrating gray whales. The viewpoint is just off the 2.5-mile Clatsop Loop Trail, which takes you through forests of giant Sitka spruce in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. There’s a campsite near both the viewpoint and the trailhead of a 4-mile route that loops you back.


Off Hwy. 101
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110


45.88975000, -123.96287400
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(503) 436-2844

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