There is so much to see and do during your visit to Cannon Beach. National Geographic Magazine named Cannon Beach “one of The World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places”.
Old growth Rainforest in Ecola State Park
No visit to Cannon Beach would be complete without an adventure to Ecola State Park. Just minutes from Inga’s Cottage is the entrance to the park. Ecola Park Road winds through old growth rainforest before emerging at one of the Oregon Coast’s most famous views, overlooking numerous rock formations and the capes and headlands miles to the south.
Ecola Park has many trails. Some lead down to the sandy beach with driftwood and interesting rock formations. An upper trail offers scenic views, whale watching in winter and spring, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, native plants and windblown spruce. Another trail meanders north to Indian Beach. Indian Beach is a long section of beach with sand, boulders, cobble, aquatic animals, tidepools and driftwood.
At Ecola State Park and Indian Beach, you can clearly see Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, once known as “Terrible Tilly” due to the severe winter storms which battered the rock with enormous waves. On September 1, 1957, Keeper Oswald Allick, who had served twenty years at the station, turned off the light.
The ghostly looking lighthouse, now with perhaps more than it’s own story to tell, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tillamook Lighthouse: Photo Courtesy of U.S. Coastguard
BEAUTIFUL INDIAN BEACH AND ECOLA STATE PARK
Video: Flyworx Productions
Another hiking option in another one of the best preserved coastal rainforests during your stay at Inga’s Cottage is at Oswald West State Park, located about 10 miles south of Cannon Beach. A 13-mile stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail weaves its way through this 2484 acre park, starting at the community of Arch Cape and extending south towards the town of Manzanita. Two prominent headlands, Cape Falcon and Neah-kah-nie Mountain are included in the park and offer great hikes. Low-growing ferns, salal and salmonberry are shaded by massive western red cedar, western hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees that form the basis of the temperate coastal rainforest ecosystem of the Northwest.