OSWALD WEST STATE PARK
Step out of your vehicle and into a place with natural beauty that truly inspires. Just a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the beach and lead you to the Cape Falcon overlook or to the Pacific Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park. All of the trails to the beach are through a mature forest; one trail follows the winding path of the Short Sands creek. This trail gives way to the spectacular view of the ocean and the creek meeting. This is your first glimpse of the ocean and Short Sands beach.
The beach is nestled in a cove that provides you with a feeling of total privacy. Popular with windsurfers and boogie boarders, the beach is always alive with activity. Surrounded by the mountains, the beach at Oswald West gives you a sense of being transported away from the trials of everyday life. Lose yourself; find Oswald West State Park.
Located on the northern Oregon coast, this 2,484-acre expanse of land was named after Oswald West, who served as Governor from 1911 to 1915. The park's history is deeply intertwined with that of its namesake.
Oswald West had a profound love for nature and during his tenure as governor he worked tirelessly to preserve public access to beaches in Oregon. His efforts led him being known as the "father" of these publicly owned areas along the coastline.
The area now bearing his name became part of state ownership in two phases: first through purchase between 1931-1948 and then by donation from Tillamook County in1954. It officially opened under its current title around mid-century but it wasn't until later years when more amenities were added including campgrounds which have since been removed due to environmental concerns.
This coastal haven has seen many changes over time; however one thing remains constant -its dedication towards preserving natural beauty while providing recreational opportunities for visitors such hiking trails or surfing spots at Short Sand Beach also referred locally Smuggler's Cove because legend says pirates used hide their treasure there centuries ago!
In recent times though erosion issues caused closure some parts like Devil's Cauldron trailhead yet despite challenges continues be popular destination both locals tourists alike thanks rich biodiversity stunning landscapes offer unique experience every visitor regardless season they choose visit!