Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
NEAHKAHNIE OVERLOOKS here are few vistas along 101 more dramatic than the Neahkahnie overlooks that pepper the cliffside of the road. Above towers Neahkahnie Mountain itself: Grand, mysterious, and spiritual, it has served as a watchful guardian for thousands of years. Some 500 feet below stretches the panorama of the rolling Pacific Ocean and the communities of Manzanita, Nehalem, and Wheeler, with narrow Nehalem Bay serving as a centerpiece. On a clear day you can see the communities of Rockaway Beach about 15 miles south, and Oceanside nearly 40 miles farther. With several overlooks of various sizes, there’s plenty of room to pull over and snap a few selfies. Time your visit just right, and there is no better spot to watch migrating whales as they head south in winter and return north in spring.
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Stunning overlooks on Neahkanie Mountain provide panoramic views of Manzanita.
OSWALD WEST STATE PARK
Cliffs at Oswald State Park offer visitors expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.
his park, which bears the former Oregon governor’s name, is full of moss- and fern-covered trails. The crashing surf is always foamy, the beach always pristine. Surfers bob expectantly in the water, waiting for the perfect moment to practice their art. Dogs pace anxiously back and forth, waiting for their masters’ return. For a closer look, take the spiral path down to the beach and stick your bare feet in the soft, cold sand. If one of the waiting dogs invites you to throw a stick, oblige. Explore the trail to Cape Falcon. There, climb through brush and spiderwebs to the high bluff and survey this glorious kingdom while basking in the sun.