Ecola State Park was GORGEOUS! Although we went a day that was a tad chilly (along with a bit of rain), it had a perfect moodiness for a morning hike with a cup of coffee. Driving through the lush forest of the state park is breathtaking enough, but once you get through the trees and can actually see the coastline, you know you've hit the perfect spot. The day use area is also one of the highlighted viewpoints I would suggest stopping at, with views of crazy rock formations below.
Ecola State Park is close to many more popular coastal cities, including Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. Getting to watch the surfers running out to the water made me realize something though, you know you're in Oregon when not one surfer is trekking into that water without a wet suit on!!
Ecola State Park History:
Here, in 1806, Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition viewed burial canoes of the Kilamox (Tillamook) and, looking south from Tillamook Head, he described the view as the "grandest and most pleasing prospect" he had ever surveyed. Ecola Park was developed originally by the CCC under National Park Service direction between 1934 and 1941. Improvements included roads, picnic facilities, trails, the office, workshop and caretaker's house. In the early 1950s, a campground was developed at Ecola in the wave of enthusiasm which came with post-war development of the Oregon state parks.
-an exert from https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkHistory&parkId=136