Ecola State Park

Oregon's beautiful coastline at Ecola State Park

A Gem on the Oregon Coast

The stunning beauty of the Oregon Coast lies directly at your feet when visiting Ecola State Park.

Nestled along the rugged coastline of Oregon, Ecola State Park beckons visitors with its stunning vistas, pristine beaches, and lush coastal forests.

Ecola State Park boasts several picturesque beaches that invite you to explore and relax. Especially Indian Beach, with its sandy shores and crashing waves, is a popular spot for surfers and beachgoers.

Hiking in Ecola State Park

Ecola State Park is a paradise for hikers and outdoor adventurers. So lace up your best hiking boots and embark on the park’s many scenic trails, winding through old-growth forests of Sitka spruce and western hemlock.

The Clatsop Loop Trail takes you on a journey through lush coastal rainforest, while the Tillamook Head Trail offers a challenging trek to rewarding viewpoints overlooking the vast ocean expanse.

On your trip, make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife encounters, including bald eagles soaring above and Roosevelt elk grazing in the distance.

The park offers plenty vantage points along its trails, including Indian Beach and Ecola Point. These offer unparalleled opportunities for capturing stunning photographs and immersing yourself in the raw power and beauty of the Oregon coast.

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

One of the most iconic landmarks along the Oregon Coast is the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

At the time it was built, the lighthouse was the most expensive of its kind on the entire west coast, certainly also because the workers involved had to travel to work more difficult due to the difficult weather conditions. Today it’s all part of the myth that surrounds Terrible Tilly and still fascinates people.

Over the centuries, the aforementioned weather mentioned has left visible marks on both the lighthouse itself, as well as on the rock on which it stands. In 1934, a 109-mile storm destroyed important parts of the lighthouse when it was struck by flying rocks. After an expensive repair, it was completely eventually decommissioned in 1957 and has changed owning hands regularly since then.

Terrible Tilly remains one of the most iconic landmarks along the Oregon Coast, but is unfortunately very difficult to reach and therefore not open to curious tourists. However, it can be admired from the coasts of Ecola State Park, as well as Seaside and Cannon Beach.

Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

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