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Several miles of sandy beach stretch out from the base of Neahkahnie mountain, south past the quaint towns of Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler with access to beach, bay and river recreational areas. In Manzanita, Laneda Avenue is lined with shops and restaurants befitting a beach town with class. A mile and a half south at Nehalem, along the banks of the Nehalem River, huge hanging flower baskets at shops along the main street burst with brilliant blooms in spring and summer. Nearby is Nehalem Bay State Park, featuring ocean beaches, bayfront beaches, camping, hiking and bike trails. Wheeler is three miles down Highway 101 on the southern shore of Nehalem Bay. Cast a line or drop a crab net into the water from the public dock. Nehalem Bay and the Nehalem River offer fishing and crabbing, with boats and crab pots available for rent along the shore.

Top Sights & Recreation:

  • Nehalem Bay State Park

    Nehalem Bay State Park

    This 900-acre coastal park offers campground and day use areas on a four-mile long sand spit with ocean on one side and the Nehalem Bay on the other. The park also features a forested 1.8 mile long bike path. more info

  • Oswald West State Park

    Oswald West State Park

    2,484 acres of park offer stunning roadside viewpoints from the edge of Neahkahnie Mountain and several miles of hiking trails. A short trail leads to Short Sand Beach and hiking trails extend to the end of Cape Falcon and climb Neahkahnie Mountain. The park also includes a 13-mile stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail. more info

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