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The name Ecola State Park is actually a bit of a misnomer since the area is now included as part of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Park. Clark designated the native word, "ikoli" meaning "whale". It is pronounced "E-co-lah", with a long "o". Situated a little more than two miles north of downtown Cannon Beach, the Park is accessed via the main road. The paved road heads out through a dense forest of old-growth Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock. A fee of $5.00 per car, per day is charged year round for day use. Visitors may park in either of two parking lots: one near the entrance, or at Indian Beach, which is near the north end of the Park. Whether you enjoy nature, photography, surfing, tide pooling, or simply a relaxing picnic at the beach, Ecola State Park has something for everyone.
The Park's parking areas and several hiking trails afford breathtaking views of the dramatic Ocean coastline. The trail around the point gives you the closest and excellent view of "Terrible Tilly", Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. During winter and summer migrations, whales can be seen from several viewpoints. Turn your eyes inland, and you may discover a resident elk herd grazing on a hillside meadow. Whatever your interests, this is a place where you will want to take that camera out of the car.
Indian Beach, a secluded, crescent-moon shaped stretch of sand and cobbles, is a favorite of surfers and kayakers alike. Regardless of the time of year, you are likely to see them braving the cold Pacific waters. Indian Beach is also a nice place for a picnic and to explore tide pools at the base of nearby rocks. The areas near both the main entrance parking lot and Indian Beach have numerous picnic tables scattered about, as well as covered areas with barbecues for when the weather is not accommodating. The Park provides restrooms. Ecola State Park is a great way to spend some time when visiting the Oregon Coast while enjoying panoramic views from one of the most photographed portions of the Oregon coastline.
Interesting rock formations can be seen at Ecola State Park
Scenery at Ecola from the lower trails with a view of Haystack Rock
Gorgeous views from the hiking trails
Indian Beach as seen from a trail in Ecola State Park
Relax on a bench while enjoying the gorgeous views at Ecola State Park