Ecola State Park is on the coast 2 mi. n. off US 101 and is part of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The Corps of Discovery saw a beached whale south of what is now the state park, and the expedition party traded with the Tillamook Indians for blubber, meat and oil.
Sea lion and bird rookeries are on offshore rocks, and a small gang of elk roams freely. It also is a premier whale-watching location; a cliff trail offers scenic views. An 8-mile segment of the Oregon Coast Trail (also designated as the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail) runs through the park. There is access to two scenic beaches.
Pets on leash are allowed. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.