Dog-Friendly Cannon Beach, Oregon

I heard that Cannon Beach was one of the most dog friendly coastal towns in Oregon so, or course, we had to visit.

Since our first visit, we’ve been back several times.

During our first visit though, we decided to take the budget route and camped at the quaint, family-owned Wright’s for Camping just off Highway 101.

This campground is nice because it is close to town and about 5 blocks from the beach.

It has showers, laundry and camp fire wood on site.

You won’t find any spaces for RVs here but you will find about 20 semi-wooded campsites with the standard picnic tables and fire pits.

After we set up camp we walked into town (which at 20 minutes was a little longer than we expected) and ate dinner on the patio at the Grill and Scoop. I

loved their stone deck looking out onto Main Street but they only had one bathroom stall for women (which meant you often had to wait) and the food was average.

We walked down to the beach and headed toward Haystack Rock to catch photos of this famous landmark at sunset.

There were about 30 people down there with the same idea but I consider we were fortunate because I heard there can be over 100 people there at a time on a summer day.

We slept in the next day and missed out on a real breakfast.

Apparently there is only place, the Pig and Pancake, that serves breakfast late and dogs are not welcome there.

We settled for brunch at the Grill and Scoop before we set out to visit Ecola State Park.

We enjoyed the view from the meadow lookout before hiking along the bluff to Indian Beach.

Unfortunately, we got only one hazy peak through the fog at the famous Tillamook Head Lighthouse while we were there.

We ate dinner at the Lumberyard Rotisserie and Grill.

I had seen photos of this place in one of Go Pet Friendly’s blog posts and thought it looked great so I was super excited to eat here.

Apparently the Fish and Chips is to die for because one lady flat out told us that and it seemed everyone around us ordered it. We didn’t.

\The wait staff was friendly and offered to bring us a bowl of water for the dogs.

The other great thing was that they had heat lamps on the patio – which we appreciated since we were a little chilly from wearing damp, sweaty clothes.

Here is the dog-friendly stuff we found to do in Cannon Beach during our visit.

Things to Do With Your Dog in Cannon Beach

  • Play on the beach – stroll down to the famous Haystack Rock.
  • Ecola State Park – Hiking, beach walking, parts of the Goonie’s movie were filmed here
  • Tillamook Rock Lighthouse – visible from Tillamook Head (in Ecola State Park) and from north Cannon Beach.

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Cannon Beach

All of the below restaurants only allow dogs in their outdoor seating area.

Pet Stores in Cannon Beach

Final Thoughts

Everywhere we turned in Cannon Beach, there were dogs.

With several dog-friendly accommodations, 10 Dog-friendly restaurants, and miles of beach, this was one of the most fun towns I’ve visted with my dogs.

I really enjoyed our stay here and look forward to going back some day to check out more of the restaurants and hike on the beach again.

If you want to make a longer vacation, be sure to visit Seaside, Oregon about 15 minutes to the north.

Remember to follow these essential beach safety tips when visiting the coast with your dog.

About the Author

Hi, I’m Jessica. I’m a Dachshund sitter, President of the largest social Dachshund club in Washington State, a dog trainer in training, and I’ve been a Dachshund owner for 20 years. I have over 150,000 hours of experience with the breed. When I’m not working, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.


  1. We love Cannon Beach, but haven’t taken the dogs there yet. It’s definitely a fun place to go! Have you checked out the beaches north of Seaside?

    1. No, when we were there we were on bikes pulling dogs in a trailer. We only had 4 days to get from Astoria to Cannon Beach and back so our stops were only at Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach.

  2. I found you on the Pet Blog Hop. I love Cannon Beach. Last time I was there was in July. My dog didn’t get to come. He had to stay home in Arizona, but we brought my brother’s dog. It’s so much fun walking down the beach and wading through the waves with a dog.

  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed Cannon Beach! We also had a great time when we were there – Ecola was gorgeous and the pet friendly beaches can’t be beat. Thanks also for the link!

  4. The thing I miss most after our move to the desert is that there are no dog beaches anymore

    Stop on by for a visit

    1. Yeah, we heard that the lighthouse is fogged in more often than not. That’s ok though, we didn’t even know it was there when we went.

  5. Wow,

    You guys get to go on amazing adventures!! That Sunset looks so cool!!

    I haven’t been to Cannon Beach, but it sure looks like somewhere we should try to get to!!

    Have a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  6. Cannon beach sounds great! It’s a bit far for us, but the forest of dean in the UK is a brilliant place to take your dog on holiday!

    1. Yikes! Upon the first quick scan I thought that said “forest of death”. Must be my Halloween spirit 🙂

  7. My husband and I took are doxie Maggie to Cannon Beach last fall for 5 days and we loved it. She had the best time at the beach! She went with us most places, although some of the better restaurants we ate at were without Maggie. I’m sure she was so tired from romping down the beach, she never noticed when we were gone. I loved the story of your whole trip. You are brave!!

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