Cape Kiwanda is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route (along with Cape Meares and Cape Lookout). Kiwanda is the smallest of the three, but it is one of the best places to experience spectacular wave action. Pacific City is the home of the Pacific Dory Fleet. South of Cape Kiwanda is the dory boat launching area. North of Cape Kiwanda to Tierra Del Mar is a stretch of beach popular with picnickers. Kiwanda provides great hang gliding and kite flying opportunities.
Important: some cliffside areas of the park are fenced for your safety. Don't cross the fence line. There are great views from the established viewpoints. Beyond the fence, the sandstone cliff edge can crumble without warning. Seven people have died falling into the ocean and onto the rocks since 2009. A special work group made of state and local officials, local businesses and residents, and emergency first responders will meet to discuss and propose action on this issue.
The parking area south of Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area is operated by Tillamook County Parks.
Motor vehicles are only allowed on the beach if they're needed for boating. Access is allowed for towing and launching a boat, and parking a vehicle needed for boating. Information on accessing the beach through the county gate is available from Tillamook County Parks at 503-322-3477, or the Cape Lookout State Park office at 503-842-3182 ext. 221, or the state parks regional office at 541-563-8506 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Requests for access should be made well in advance of your trip, as staff may not be available on weekends to provide access information.
The area was acquired by purchase and by a gift from B. A. McPhillips in 1973.