Nehalem, Oregon

Surf Smuggler Cove

Originally added by George Bruce Wilson

Great spot to Surf. If you've got your wetsuit, you can jump in for a swim. Great spot to have a beach bonfire. Exploring tide pools.

The beach in Oswald West State Park is one of the more secluded beaches on the Oregon coast. Most tourists tend to stay by Canon Beach and Seaside, Oregon, so this little gem gets much less traffic.

The parking lot is right on the highway with plenty of parking, a bathroom, and a drinking fountain. You hike under the freeway and down a well groomed path for about a half a mile. Eventually, you arrive at Smugglers Cove, and it is beautiful. This is possibly one of the best beaches to be on. This spot is very popular for surfing so count on sharing some water. The beach is much larger than at first glance and is pretty shallow so you can walk pretty far out there. It's definitely one of the most scenic places to surf. Practice leave no trace ethics. No camping is allowed at the beach.

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Gnarly surf spot

Great place to surf on the Oregon coast, scenic and absolutely brilliant. Great vibes and friendly folk.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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