Nehalem is a tiny town tucked away on the banks of the Nehalem River. Located in Tillamook County, it is also near the Nehalem Bay. Like many towns in the area, it was once a logging community. With the river flowing through the middle of the valley, it was also a prime spot for farming and dairy production. Today, it is a quaint village surrounded by mountains, forests, and riverfront scenery. This puptastic place even has its own veterinary clinic.
When in Nehalem, your pooch has the option to explore a couple puptastic parks. Neil M. Walker’s Veteran’s Park is a nice patch of green space situated right next to the Nehalem River. Stop by this park so your pup can roam around the open lawn while enjoying some river scenery. Be sure to check out the memorials that are scattered throughout the property.
Nehalem City Park is another furrific park in the area. It’s surrounded by beautiful groves of trees and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Playgrounds, picnic tables, and barbecues are available so bring the whole pack for a pawsome pawty!
Amazing views, access to outdoor adventure, and warm hospitality make Nehalem a pupperific place to raise a four legged family member!
When in the area, a visit to the Nehalem Bay State Park is a must. Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and Nehalem Bay, this park primarily sits on a on a four mile long sand spit. If your pup is just happy to play in the waves or dig in the sand, find a spot on the beach and set up for the day. To do some exploring, follow the Nehalem Bay Jetty Trail through open beach, dunes, and Sitka spruce forest. It’s about a four mile loop, so your adventurous pup will get plenty of exercise. Since the beaches are home to nesting Snowy Plovers, be sure to follow all posted restrictions. The park also has a campground with pet friendly RV and tent sites, as well as yurts.
If your pup needs a break from the sandy beaches, head over to Coal Creek Trail for a pawsome forested hike. It’s not too far from civilization, yet it’s usually not crowded, so your dog can enjoy a quiet hike in nature. Let your pooch be the guide as you follow the trail through spruce and hemlock. After a mile, the trail meets up with the Coal Creek Ridge. Outback Trail is also nearby. This one is pupular with mountain bikers, so watch for cyclists zooming down the trail. Since this area is also home to a variety of critters like deer, beaver, and birds, you may catch a glimpse of some wildlife.
Is your dog an avid hiker? Then try the trails to Neahkahnie Mountain. Rising 1600 feet above sea level, this peak is one of the highest points on the west coast. There are two ways to reach the summit ridge viewpoint. The southern trailhead is an easier approach. This route clocks in at 3 miles and gains about 800 feet in elevation. It winds up some switchbacks and passes by colorful displays of wildflowers. If your pup is craving a challenge, take the northern trail. It’s about five miles and gains 1450 feet in elevation. No matter which way you go, once you reach the top, you and your pooch will be treated to spectacular views of the bay, coast, and surrounding towns.
Neahkahnie Beach is a small seaside community about five minutes from Nehalem. This pawsome place is home to a white sand beach where you and your four legged BFF can soak in the sun. Not only will your pal have plenty of room to romp and roam, but you both can enjoy fabulous views of the towering Neahkahnie Mountain. The Mystery of Beeswax Wreck haunts this beach and has been told for generations. Your dog may even sniff out a rare chunk of beeswax washed ashore from an ancient shipwreck, or at least have a ball running around in the waves.
Treat your dog to a day out in the nearby village of Manzanita. Just five minutes west of Nehalem, it has plenty of pupperific things to see and do. Start with a walk in Manzanita City Park. Your pooch will appreciate a stroll around the open lawn or a walk through the groves of trees. The park features a playground, sport courts, a horseshoe pit, and picnic facilities. If your pup prefers the beach, you’ll find plenty of access to the sandy surf to chase the waves or meander down the coast. Either way, your beach dog will be in paradise. Finish you day off at Left Coast Siesta, a laid back Mexican restaurant. Chow down on a burrito or enchilada while relaxing on the patio with your pup.