Oswald West State Park is located about 10 miles south of the city of Cannon Beach, it covers 2,484 acres of land between Arch Cape all the way down to the town of Manzanita. Only 2 hours drive from Portland, this natural treasure is popular with hikers, surfers and beachgoers. The park stretches across 4 miles along the Oregon coastline and hides heaps of natural beauty, many miles of trails and stunning views of the Pacific ocean.
Once known only as Short Sand Beach State Park, the park now owes its name to a former Oregon Governor Oswald West, whose efforts helped set 400 miles of Oregon's beaches for public use. The park is yet another monument to the relentless land acquisition by park's superintendent Sam Boardman, who also believed that coastal lands should be in public ownership. He helped acquire the principal lands between 1931 and 1950.
The park prides itself in having one of the best-preserved coastal rainforests in Oregon and an ecosystem that can only be found in the Northwest. You will find yourself walking amongst low-growing ferns, salal and salmonberry all the while being surrounded by massive western red cedar, western hemlock and Sitka spruce trees. While hiking in the Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain in the springtime, look out for the wildflowers of Oregon iris, harsh paintbrush or the nodding onion. The coastline is made up of volcanic basalt, a grey-black rock, and layered sandstone of pink and beige, reminiscent of the canyons in the Southwest.