Oceanside is a small coastal community nestled in Tillamook County. This charming village sits on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge lies just off the coast and can be seen from shore. If you’re looking for a peaceful spot that showcases the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast, Oceanside is the place to be. Bring your pup and enjoy some time connecting with nature and reinvigorating your soul. If she needs veterinary care while visiting, just head 15 minutes east to Tillamook.
The Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site is the village’s main beach. Stroll along the sand with your canine companion and enjoy the seaside view. While walking, look for sand dollars, shells, and unique rocks. During winter, agate can be found along the beach. If your pal needs a good workout, follow the beach south for two miles to the neighboring town of Netarts. If he’d rather stick around and check things out, make your way to the north end of the beach. During low tide a rock tunnel leads through Maxwell Point to the aptly named Tunnel Beach. Your pup will feel like a genuine explorer as he discovers all the nooks and crannies on this beach.
With unbelievable scenery and prime beach access, it’s no wonder Oceanside is a favorite among canine travelers!
The Symons State Scenic Viewpoint is a puptastic roadside beach. With easy access and an expansive flat sandy area, this beach will have your pal joyfully running around with a wagging tail! It’s the perfect place for him to go for a dip in the ocean or just romp around in the sunshine. If he feels like a seaside walk, follow the beach south to Netarts and check out the tidepools. You can also head north to Maxwell Point. You’ll likely encounter fellow dog walkers, beachcombers, and maybe a surfer or two. Be sure to bring clean up bags and a sense of adventure!
A visit to Cape Meares is a must when in the area. Located five minutes north in Tillamook, this state park is absolutely gorgeous. It sits on a 200 foot tall headland and is home to thousands of seabirds, elk, bear, and deer. Not to mention the migrating whales, sea lions, and dolphins. But wildlife viewing isn’t the only option at this park; three miles of trails wind through thick coastal forests. Your canine buddy will love getting her exercise in such an amazing setting. As you’re hiking, keep an eye out for the twisted “Octopus Tree” and the largest Sitka spruce in Oregon. Don’t forget to bring water and clean up bags.
If your pup is begging for an adventure, grab his leash and make your way down to the Cape Lookout State Park. Located in the outskirts of Tillamook, this coastal park is 15 minutes away and includes a long sand spit that is sandwiched between the ocean and Netarts Bay. Follow the 2.3 mile Cape Trail to the end of the spit and enjoy sweeping vistas of the sea and coast. Your pooch can splash through the waves along the way. If she prefers a wooded walk, the park has eight miles of trails that wind through thick forests. There’s even a short Nature Trail that teaches visitors all about the surrounding plants and trees.
This Tillamook neighborhood is home to the Hoquarton Interpretive Trail. Less than 20 minutes from Oceanside, this trail is nestled along the Stillwell Slough in a furrific park. As you follow the path, stop and read the signs so your pooch can learn all about the history of the area. After your walk, head over to Pelican Brewing Company for a bite to eat and refreshing drink. Not only does this place have award winning beers on tap, it also serves burgers, sandwiches and the self-proclaimed best fries ever! Your pup can join you on the outdoor patio as you chillax in the afternoon sun.