On Foot

Beach Walks—what else? We have 7 miles of hard-packed sand from the bottom of the Neah-Kah-Nie Headland to the jetty at the mouth of Nehalem Bay. If you go the whole way, it’s a hike. Take water and plan to baby your legs two days later.


Manzanita Links Golf Course 503-368-5744. We have the sweetest little 9-hole golf course. You can hear the roar of the ocean as you walk the dips and hills of the course.


Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Hike. The mountain stands nearly 1,700 feet tall. There is a wonderful zig-zag trail moving through several different zones of foliage and trees. From the top, you have a breathtaking view of our Three-Village Community (Nehalem, Manzanita, Wheeler), the river valley, and down the coast more than 50 miles. Not to be missed. If you want to turn this into a longer hike, continue on across the Mountain to Highway 101 at Elk Meadows—another hour on the trail and then you go back by way of 101 to your car. Or you can cross over 101, hike out on Elk Meadows to experience the rugged cliffs of the North Coast “close up.” Never go over a barricade. They are there for your safety. 


Short Sands Beach at Smugglers Cove through Oswald West State Park, 6 miles north of Manzanita. This is a great, short hike through magnificent old growth cedar and Sitka spruce to the favorite surfing beach on the North Coast. Be sure to walk through the primitive campsites to find the uprooted trees from recent winter storms. These root bases are 30-50 feet tall. At the beach, watch the surfers. If you want to turn this into a longer hike, continue on to Cape Falcon—a couple of hours on down the trail. Please note: to be safe, you can park in the lot on the east side of Highway 101; then go to the north end of the lot and find the pedestrian walk going underneath the highway—no need to cross over and challenge the highway traffic.


Manzanita City Park. Playground, tennis court, volleyball court, picnic tables. Corner of 3rd Street and Pacific.


Nehalem Bay State Park. Boat ramp, airstrip, bike trails, and beach access. Entrance at Sandpiper and Garery St.


Hug Point State Park. So named because cars and carts used to travel the beaches at low tides before we had highways. At the north end of Hug Point you can still see wagon ruts in the soft sandstone. Located off highway 101 between Manzanita and Cannon Beach.