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Neskowin is an unincorporated city in Tillamook County. Nestled right on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, this coastal community may be on the smaller side, but it is brimming with charm. Two golf courses, a general store, beach access, and several seaside cottages make this a perfect place for a weekend getaway with your pup. If she happens to need veterinary care while visiting, the nearest clinic can be found 20 minutes away in Lincoln City.
The Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site is full of wonder
and amazement. One of the first things your dog will notice during low tide is
the Neskowin Ghost Forest, or a bunch of 2,000 year old Sitka spruce stumps scattered
across the beach. Unearthed a couple decades ago, they add character to the
already beautiful beach. Your pup will also love frolicking in the waves and
feeling the sand beneath her paws. This beach is also the home of Proposal
Rock, a giant seastack that can be reached when the tide is out. Climbing to
the top is possible. If you decided to attempt the climb, be prepared for steep
slopes and plenty of mud. The view at the top is furrific!
A unique beach, access to trails, and warm hospitality make Neskowin one puptastic village!
Neskowin is a great spot for a relaxing retreat. Furtunately, there are plenty of pet friendly places to stay. Pacific Sands Resort Condo is literally just a bone’s throw away from the beach. This cozy one bedroom rental welcomes pups of all sizes and has spectacular ocean views. If you are traveling with the whole pack, Neskowin Nest is a great option. This place can sleep up to 12 people and two dogs and is close to both the beach and a golf course. The Breakers Beach House 11 is another pet friendly private rental. With three bedrooms, this place has room for the whole crew, especially the four legged family members.
If your pooch is in the mood for a sandy adventure, make your way over to Porter Point Beach. It’s a quick 10 minute drive north of Neskowin in Cloverdale. If you need to add some mileage to your pup’s walk, start at Neskowin Beach and walk two miles north to Porter Point Beach. Regardless of how you get there, Porter Point will not disappoint. Make the short trek out to the rocky headland and see firsthand where the Nestucca River meets the Pacific Ocean. It’s about a mile roundtrip and is best done during low tide. There are all kinds of caves, tidepools, and driftwood pile for your pup to explore. You’ll probably even see some harbor seals bobbing around. Sounds furrific!
A hike to God’s Thumb is a must when in the area. Once a little known secret, its gorgeous views and interesting topography have made it a pupular destination. Pack up your pooch and head 20 minutes south to Otis and begin this epic hike. Two different trails lead to the large basalt peak. One clocks in at 4.4 miles and includes a side trip to The Knoll. This loop trail gains some elevation, so make sure your pooch is up for a challenge. The other is an out and back trail that is 3.4 miles. No matter which trail you take, once you reach God’s Thumb your furry pal will enjoy sweeping vistas of the ocean and coast.
The Bob Straub State Park is an absolute puppy paradise. Located in Pacific City, this pawsome park is about 20 minutes north of Neskowin. It covers the Nestucca Sand Spit and is bordered by both the Nestucca River and the Pacific Ocean. Not only is there plenty of beach access, there are also established trails. Follow Bay Trail, Dune Ridge Trail, or the Riverview Loop so your dog can get a nice workout. After your walk, head down to the beach so he can splash in the waves and sniff around the surf. The Nestucca River is home to Chinook salmon that can reach 50 pounds. If you’re feeling lucky, go ahead and cast a line!
If your pup is craving some park time, make your way over to Mugg County Park in Pacific City. This puptastic county park is 15 minutes away in Pacific City, and sits on the banks of the Big Nestucca River. It’s on the smaller side, but is still a great place to walk your pooch or enjoy the afternoon sunshine. Picnic tables are available and there is a deck overlooking the river. The Pacific City Inn is also in the area. After a busy day exploring the beaches and river, your pooch will love curling up to a good night’s sleep in one of their cozy rooms.
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