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Located 86 miles west of Portland along the north Oregon Coast, Nehalem Bay State Park features a campground, two day-use areas and a variety of activities for the whole family.
Situated among a sea of shore pines, the campground borders rolling dunes that separate the campground from the beach. A walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach building sand castles, flying a kite or relaxing to the sound of the ocean. Beach-combing can produce special rewards – treasures that include agates, shells, and occasionally glass floats.
A forested 1.8 mile long bike path provides a breathtaking view of the bay for recreation and wildlife enthusiasts. Along this route, and in the campground, you may see deer grazing, a herd of elk, a coyote crossing the road and a variety of birds. Kayaking, crabbing, fishing, and clamming are also popular past times.
Set on the southern border of Manzanita is Nehalem Bay State Park. Head down to the beach and take the 5.2-mile loop on the picturesque sandy shores of the beach.
Oswald West State Park is north of Manzanita and with almost 2,500 acres of lush forest, you could easily hit a different trail a day and still have untouched trails for your next trip. Take a mile-long trail down to Short Sands Beach for a quick jaunt to a beautiful sandy cove, or follow the well-marked trail to the top of Cape Falcon for some gorgeous views of the waves crashing below.