Explore Nature is a collaboration of eight small environmental organizations involved in natural resource conservation in Tillamook County, working together to bring educational outdoor experiences to the general public. Many offer nature-based lectures and other activities in addition to the hikes, walks, and paddles featured within the Explore Nature program.

These environmental organizations are collaborating to provide meaningful, nature-based events to showcase the uniqueness of Tillamook County and the work being done to conserve the area’s natural resources, restore biodiversity, and preserve natural resource-based industries.

Explore Nature – education through recreation – is sponsored in part by Visit Tillamook Coast and Tillamook PUD


The City maintains Manzanita City Park at Pacific Avenue and South Third Street. This park has a tennis court, beach volleyball court, three picnic shelters, a playcourt, horseshoe pit, and a children’s play equipment area.

No reservations are taken for use of the park: use is on a first-come, first served basis. Please notify City Hall if you have a large event at the park so that others calling the City may be informed. City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (closed from noon to 1 pm for lunch).

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In the 1960’s, Laneda Corporation sold a large tract of land south of Manzanita to Ted Erickson. Although not a golfer himself, Erickson began developing a 9-hole golf course on the land in the 1970’s. The course opened to the public in 1987. The original announcement for the opening proclaimed it “The Best Kept Golf Course On The Oregon Coast!”

Ted, along with son Steve, made the project a labor of love every step of the way. Soon, the sale of lots surrounding the course was completed, bringing homeowners access to the course just steps away.

Popularity of the new venture drew interest from the public well before its completion and it has been a popular recreational destination and local asset since opening day.

Why do local and visiting golfers enjoy playing the course? There are several reasons:
– It is painstakingly maintained year-round
– The course has numerous spectacular views of our beautiful area.
– It has been said the par 4 holes are too tough and the par 3 holes too easy. Actually, very few golfers have been consistently able to break par; thus, they keep coming back!
– Because it is a 9-hole course many like to play a round of golf withing two hours or less, leaving plenty of time for fishing, site-seeing, and beach-walking.
– It is a walking course only, which attracts people that enjoy the exercise.
– The course is playable year-round because the sand base absorbs rain water.
– The course is an asset to the entire business community of North Tillamook County. TWO annual golf tournaments, The Gene Schmuck Foundation and The Mudd-Nick Foundation, have been responsible for raising over two and a quarter million dollars for multiple North County charaties. These include college scholarships for Neahkahnie High School students, the area Food Bank and other life-enriching opportunities for grade school, middle school, and non-school experiences.
– Last, but not least, the Manzanita Golf Course is responsible for a substantial amount of city and county property tax monies.

So don’t wait – set up your tee time at the Manzanita Golf Course today!

Courtesy of Manzanita resident and avid golfer D. Owen Nicholson


Located 86 miles west of Portland along the north Oregon Coast, Nehalem Bay State Park features a campground, two day-use areas and a variety of activities for the whole family.

Situated among a sea of shore pines, the campground borders rolling dunes that separate the campground from the beach. A walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach building sand castles, flying a kite or relaxing to the sound of the ocean. Beach-combing can produce special rewards – treasures that include agates, shells, and occasionally glass floats.

A forested 1.8 mile long bike path provides a breathtaking view of the bay for recreation and wildlife enthusiasts. Along this route, and in the campground, you may see deer grazing, a herd of elk, a coyote crossing the road and a variety of birds. Kayaking, crabbing, fishing, and clamming are also popular past times.

Park features include a 2,400 foot airstrip that offers the unique opportunity of a fly-in camp. A hiker-biker camp is ready for hikers and bikers traveling up and down the coast. Yurts are available as an alternative camping experience. Primitive horse camp sites offer horse enthusiasts a place to camp with several miles of trails and beach to explore. A horse concession is located in the beach-side day-use area during the summer months.

Campground info

Approximately 265 electrical sites with water
18 yurts (two pet friendly)
Hot showers and flush toilets
Horse camp with 17 primitive sites
Hiker/biker camp
Airport camp with primitive fly-in sites
RV dump station
Meeting hall
Campsites A13, A30 & A44 and yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities. Accessible restrooms are in loops A and F, the Meeting Hall and day-use areas.

Aquatics Center

North County Recreation District(NCRD) features a heated swimming pool and shallow wading pool, group exercise classes, fitness center, yoga studio, gymnasium, kids play care center, performing arts theatre and art gallery. View current schedules, fees and programs at

Spaces are also available to rent. Contact us to explore options for your special event.

Centrally located one-block off Hwy. 101 in Nehalem, NCRD is within a 5-minute drive from Nehalem Bay State Park, downtown Wheeler or downtown Manzanita.

Drop-ins are always welcome! Stop by and visit today!


Our lessons are taught daily at surf breaks near Cannon Beach and Manzanita Oregon

Please schedule at least a day in advance to secure your session.

Each lesson is about 2.5 hours long. All surfers will be equipped with their own surfboard, a wetsuit & booties for the duration of the lesson.

Lessons will start with a safety talk, and some beach practice, then lead right into you catching your first wave!

With a lifetime of ocean experience, our supportive instructors will always cater the lesson to your needs.

We want to be sure that all surfers receive the attention they need, so our lessons never exceed a 3:1 ratio.

New surfers of all ages are encouraged to sign up!


Stretching along four miles of coastline in dense, temperate rainforest, Oswald West State Park has a beautifully secluded sandy beach and miles of trails leading to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. This vast, scenic treasure is without a doubt one of the most spectacular parks in Oregon. Located two hours west of Portland on the north Oregon Coast, Oswald West State Park is popular with surfers, hikers and beach goers and has much to offer in the way of recreation.

A popular beach that’s alive with activity on any weekend or summer day, Short Sand Beach lies sheltered in a cove blanketed by forests and edged with volcanic basalt and sandstone cliffs characteristic of the Oregon coastline. Nicknamed “Shorty’s” by locals, the beach is just a half mile walk through the woods. From the main parking lot, walk under Highway 101, and down the trail, following the contours of Short Sand Creek through the forest. Cross the creek on a railroad-style bridge and you’ll find yourself at a beautiful picnic area overlooking the beach.

Oswald West State Park offers miles of hiking trails in this 2,484 acre park. A 13-mile stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail weaves its way through the entire park, starting at the community of Arch Cape and extending south towards the town of Manzanita. Two prominent headlands, Cape Falcon and Neah-kah-nie Mountain are included in the park and offer great hikes. Park in one of four parking lots along Highway 101 and enter one of the best preserved coastal rainforests in Oregon. Low-growing ferns, salal and salmonberry are shaded by massive western red cedar, western hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees that form the basis of the temperate coastal rainforest ecosystem of the Northwest. Oswald West does not offer camping.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding aka SUP is one of the world’s fastest growing recreation water sports. There is good reason for that. It is so user friendly that anyone can learn it and enjoy the sport in less than a day, essentially immediately! Once you try it, you will understand why. Basically you are standing on a giant surfboard and propelling yourself with a paddle.

It is a sport designed for all in that it offers a fun, low impact water activity. SUP can be serene and peaceful in a calm, flat water way or you can take it to higher intensity levels like surfing or racing and make it more demanding. It’s up to you but no matter how you do it, it is great for your body, your mind and your soul.

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