Manzanita is a quiet, peaceful village surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean, Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain, and state and private forests. Not quite two hours west of Portland via Highway 26, 14 miles south of Cannon Beach and 25 miles north of Tillamook on Highway 101. The Manzanita area is home to 725 full time residents.
The name "Manzanita" means "little apple" in Spanish. This came from the many Manzanita plants that covered the hillsides and bears fruit that looks like a little apple.
Visitors to Manzanita enjoy its seven miles of quiet ocean beach, horseback riding, a nine-hole golf course and two state parks for camping and beachcombing.
Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain extends dramatically down into the sea on the north end of Manzanita. A trail up the mountain leads to a breathtaking panoramic view of the northern Oregon coast and the Pacific Ocean. Manzanita is sandwiched between two beautiful state parks - Oswald West State Park to the north and Nehalem Bay State Park on the south.
Nehalem Bay State Park is on the south end of town is the larger of the two. The park extends to the tip of the spit enclosing Nehalem Bay and features large RV campgrounds, yurts, a horse camp with corrals, air strip with fly-in camping, and a hiker-biker camp.