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Oswald West State Park is part of the state park system of the U.S. state of Oregonmarker. It is located about south of the city of Cannon Beachmarker, on the Pacific Oceanmarker. Oswald West has unique walk-in access, with wheelbarrows provided by the parks system for transporting gear from the parking area to the 30 primitive camping sites, which are one third of a mile from the ocean. The campsites are situated in stands of old growth Sitka Spruce. The park covers , with many miles of hiking trails both inside the park grounds and linking to other parks and landmarks beyond.

The state park also contains Neahkahnie Mountainmarker, Short Sand Beach, Short Sand Creek, Necarney Creek, Cape Falcon, Smugglers Cove and the Oregon Coast Trail. The cove is a popular surf destination and is known as "Short Sands". Urban legend claims pirate treasure is buried near Smugglers Cove but has never been found.


The park was named after Oswald West, the 14th Governor of Oregon and the man who led preserving Oregon's beaches for public use. A memorial marker for Matt Kramer, a journalist whose articles helped shift public opinion to preserve the beaches, sits at the trail divide between Short Sands beach and Cape Falcon.


Oswald West has a 30 walk-in tent site with picnic tables and fire rings at all sites with water and flush toilets nearby, located ΒΌ mile from the parking lot between the Short Sand Creek and the Necarney Creek. The campsite is surrounded by giant old-growth Sitka spruce, Douglas-fir, western hemlock and western red cedar trees, as well as smaller brush including red huckleberry, salmonberry and salal bushes.

During the Summer of 2008, a large Sitka Spruce fell with no warning within the campground. The state immediately conducted a survey of other trees in the park and determined there were several other trees that could fall at any moment. Subsequently, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department decided to close the campgrounds indefinitely citing public safety. Although camping is currently not permitted, the park is still open with full access.


Image:Smugglers Cove, Oregon.jpg|Rock formations at Smuggler CoveImage:OswaldWestShortSandsOregon.JPG|Beach goers and surfers at Short SandsImage:OswaldWestOregon.jpg|The footbridge over Short Sand Creek

See also


  1. Surf Spots for the North Coast

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