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Ecola State Park

In the Chinook language, Ecola means “whale” – a suitable name for this beautiful state park because both Gray Whales and Orcas make annual migrations in the waters below the tall, rocky cliffs. But the park actually received its name from a famous discovery made here by The Corps of Discovery. The park has some of the best views on the North Coast. Looking south, you can see the famous “Haystack Rock” off Cannon Beach with Neahkahnie Mountain rising in the distance. Looking out to sea, you can often catch sight of sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks offshore or watch Turkey Vultures float effortlessly on the strong coastal breezes.

  • “Terrible Tilly”

    Category: Landmark Place

    Though considered an engineering marvel, the lonely and now abandoned Tillamook Rock Lighthouse has a fearsome reputation.

  • Hiking The Clatsop Loop Trail

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    Take a photo tour over Tillamook Head and down to Indian Beach along the Clatsop Loop Trail in Ecola State Park.

  • Indian Beach

    Category: General Article

    Remote and picturesque, Indian Beach is a little more difficult to reach than most beaches along the Oregon Coast – but it's worth it. Popular with surfers, hikers and beachcombers, this small strip of land has plenty to offer.

  • Orca Reporting

    Category: General Article

    Scientists are trying to learn more about Orcas who reside in Oregon waters. Learn how you can help spot these coastal predators and aid with the research.

  • The Bunker

    Category: Way Find It

    This challenge will have you scrabbling through a coastal rainforest looking for a World War II era relic. Can you find it?

  • Tillamook Head

    Category: General Article

    Rising over 1,000 feet (304 m), this wedge of forested land is popular with hikers and photographers for its amazing views of both Ecola State Park and Cannon Beach.