Sitting on nine miles of pristine coastline, Ecola State Park offers picturesque views and a diverse array of recreational opportunities. An abandoned lighthouse sites along the 14 miles of hiking trails, providing a bit of history along this otherwise nature-filled set of paths.
Included in these trails is an eight-mile segment of the Oregon Coast Trail which connects to 88 miles of additional coastal trail networks. Also offered here is the 2.5 mile Clatsop Loop Trail, which originally began as a trail laid down by the Corps of Discovery, an early Federal expeditionary force that existed in the early 1800s.
These trails are relatively easy to traverse, so visitors need not prepare for an extensive excursion. Canines are welcome provided they stay on a leash no longer than eight feet in length. Owners should take care to clean up any messes that their canine companions might leave behind.
Surf season happens here from late July to Mid-October, and the smaller surf is perfect for first-time paddlers trying to catch a wave. Surf rental is available in Ecola State Park, with wetsuits and boards being available for either half day or full day rentals.
Visitors should remember that no lifeguards are posted on this beach, so any water activities engaged in are done at guests' risks. Canines are welcome alone the shore provided they stay restrained throughout the day. After dusk, dogs are allowed off leash until gate close.
Swimming is allowed but not encouraged, as there are no safety staff present and the currents can be rather intense. Canines are welcome to enjoy the water at their owners' discretion. Fishing is unfortunately not permitted anywhere along this stretch of the Pacific Ocean.
Although there is no camping allowed here at the Ecola State Park, if you want to stay all night, there is an overnight lot just outside of the park grounds for visitors with recreational vehicles. This lot contains no public facilities, so overnight guests should come prepared.