Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Pacific City

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Featuring a giant sand dune and some sandstone cliffs, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, hang gliding, bird and whale watching. Hike to the top of the dune for encompassing views of the bay and Haystack Rock, a sea stack southwest of the cape. Take off your shoes to feel the soft sand on your feet as you wade through the cool surf. In low tide, look for sand dollars and explore tide pools with purple starfish, gentle anemones, and big red crabs. The beach gets quite busy in the summer and during holidays. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area by using our Pacific City trip planner.
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  • Saturday but its fall time so wasnt super crowded but definitely a busy place. You cam drive and park on the beach if you want in designated areas. We didnt do that or a bonfire but just enjoyed...  more »
  • Bustling and yet relaxing. Making our way down the coast, we drove over to the Pacific City Beach access, which had happy people on a sprawling beach, an intriguing rock formation jutting out into...  more »

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