Gem of the North Coast

Ecola State Park

Wrapping around Tillamook Head, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park stretches along nine miles of coastline and offers outstanding sightseeing and recreation opportunities.

Two people explore tidepools under a blue sky

Ecola State Park: The View From Here

You know those iconic images of Cannon Beach, the ones used by travel sites everywhere? Most of those were taken from viewpoints in Ecola State Park. In fact, Ecola is full of stunning views. How stunning? Well, Captain William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame) described the views from the north slope of Tillamook Head as:

“… the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed.”

And when you visit this park, funded in part by the Oregon Lottery, it’s easy to understand Captain Clark’s enthusiasm.

The road and trails wend their way through lush, old growth rain forest filled with ferns and moss. Wander Indian Beach for tide pools or surfing. While picnicking or hiking, keep an eye on the sky. It’s not uncommon to spot bald eagles sailing overhead. As you hike past meadows, watch for herds of elk – especially common in the morning. And, if you’re particularly lucky, as you look out from the beach, you might spot some whales. Wherever you go in Ecola State Park, you’ll want your camera ready; the views are outstanding!

Visiting Ecola Locals

Elk Watching

Although their calendar is less predictable than the whales’, elk are a frequent enough presence in Ecola State Park that visitors often incorporate Elk watching in their itineraries. And why not? They roam everywhere from the open beaches to the park’s lush, hidden pockets of forest. But like any wild animal, they can be unpredictable and occasionally even aggressive. Best to appreciate them from a respectful distance. Please, no selfies with the “Roosevelts”!

Oregon Coast Small-Town Charm

Dining room at Mo's in Cannon Beach

Visit Cannon Beach

If you want to incorporate restaurants, art galleries and close-up views of iconic Haystack Rock into your visit, Cannon Beach is a great option. The town, which some describe as Oregon’s best beach town, lies just ten minutes south of Ecola State Park. Don’t miss it!



Photo by Loren Kerns, CC by 2.0

Two children and a man hike on a trail overlooking the ocean

More From Tillamook County

Ecola State Park is just one of Tillamook County’s coastal playgrounds. Consider visiting Oswald West State Park, the Cape Meares Lighthouse, or learn more about Cape Lookout State Park and the difference Lottery dollars are making there.

Cape Lookout State Park