Cannon Beach's Neahkanie Trail, originating from the Oswald West State Park, was recognized by the native Americans as a viewpoint fit for gods, and originally named it Ne Ekahni, or “place of supreme deity.” Treasure seekers sift the beach at the mountain’s base for gold buried by sailors from a shipwrecked Spanish galleon. The discovery of a strangely inscribed block of beeswax had added to people's imagination and has caused much speculation on what else may be hidden.
When you grow weary of running on the beach, stop in at the Cannon Beach Cafe to enjoy a bowl of soup, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, among other choices. Enjoy your meal with Fido at the outside tables. Warren House Pub Food and Beer welcomes you and your pooch to dine at the back picnic tables. Sweet Basil's Cafe serves vegetarian fare and provides a covered dog-friendly courtyard to dine in comfort.
For pups, the Seaside Pet Clinic is your experienced partner in pet health care in Cannon Beach. Stay at the Surf Sand Resort which welcomes two pets for an additional fee. Your pups will be welcomed with their own basket of linens, bowls, and beds for their stay, and free doggie biscuits are always in the lobby. Enjoy the natural beauty of Cannon Beach with your pup.
Pets are welcome on-leash, or under voice control, at dog-friendly Cannon Beach near the quaint Cannon Beach town center loaded with shops and cafes year-round. The nearby Ecola State Park offers a more secluded stroll on the miles of beautiful trails in the park, following the steps of Lewis and Clark to the unforgettable scenic overlooks. Leashed dogs are welcomed throughout the park. Haystack Rock is a gorgeous designated bird and marine sanctuary rising above the sand and sea. Although dogs are permitted to be off leash on the beach, they must be leashed around Haystack Rock due to its status as a bird and marine sanctuary.
Nehalem Bay State Park, set between the ocean and the bay, is situated on a 4-mile long spit and features a campground and two day-use areas. Your dog will be thrilled with a sniff-tastic hike through the dunes to the beach for a long walk on the beach or the surf. Watch for treasures, such as agates, shells, and occasionally glass floats along your way. The campground is set among a stand of shore pine for other pawsome leashed excursions. The 1.8 bike path provides breathtaking views of the bay and you'll want to watch for deer and elk, and an occasional coyote, as your stroll along.
Cartwright Park in South Seaside is just 9 miles from Cannon Beach, and is a beautiful family park only 4 blocks from the beach. After your walk in the park or your trek down the beach, stop in at the Bell Buoy of Seaside for fresh, fast seafood. Your pup is welcome to join you in the outdoor seating next to the little river. Stay at the Shilo Inn and Suites Seaside with up to two pets of any size for an additional fee. Or, you and your pup may enjoy a quiet rest at the Coast River Inn which welcomes up to two pets of any size for an additional fee.
Rockaway Beach, just 26 miles from Cannon Beach, welcomes you and your pooch to seven miles of sandy coastline for a walk in the surf, kite flying, beachcombing, whale watching, or just relaxing in the sun. After enjoying the beach, try these dog-friendly restaurants for lunch or dinner. The Sand Dollar Restaurant & Lounge buys most ingredients locally for their menu of comfort food for travelers. Order a bowl of clam chowder while dining at the Old Oregon Smokehouse with your pup in the outdoor seating. The Beach Bakeshop has four outdoor tables with leash hooks just waiting for you to enjoy freshly baked pastries or lunchboxes in the fresh sea air.