Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco

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Cape Disappointment State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located southwest of Ilwaco, Washington, on the bottom end of Long Beach Peninsula, the northern headlands where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The state park's encompass a diverse landscape of old-growth forest, freshwater lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, and oceanside tidelands. Sights in the park include the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, of ocean beach, the North Head Lighthouse, and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.
Cape Disappointment is one of several state parks and sites in Washington and Oregon that make up the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks.
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  • This park such a quiet and peaceful place for a hike in May. We didn't stay long, but enjoyed seeing the cliffs and light house.  more »
  • We went fairly early on a very warm March morning - it was so quiet we felt we had the whole park to ourselves at one point. Get out of your car and walk to the lookouts and the lighthouses. All are e...  more »
  • Thought this was really neat, awesome for dog walks. Really secluded and perfect for photos and family fun. Even a great place just to escape alone and read a book. Close by is a hipster town full of shops and restaurants worth checking out. Enjoy!
  • Lots of fun here. Spend days here hiking and exploring the history, wildlife and views. Must go if you like light houses. 2 of them in the park. Camps are walking distance to the beach. This beach is a favorite for gold miners on the beach. They set mine slues boxes. Neat to watch.

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