Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Pacific City

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Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
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. Put Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area at the forefront of your travel plans using our Pacific City trip planner.
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  • Beautiful tidepools. If you time your visit just right with the tides going out, sea anemones and starfish are washed up in tidebooks and on the rocks. It is a lovely place to park and to climb up.....  more »
  • As a person with disabilities and mobility limitations, this was totally worth the 10 bucks to park! the boat ramp made it easier for me to get down to the beach with my walker and the sand was...  more »
  • Beautiful, foggy, nice long walk
  • Cape Kiwanda is one of my favorite beaches in Oregon with its fun dune, tide pools, crabs, and rock formations. There was once a large arch on the north side of the dune that collapsed years ago. We used to go out the farthest point and whale watch but they have a big fence across the access to it now. The dune is still fun to climb though and run down. The views are incredible from the top. The coves are fun and offer more solitude at low tide.

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