Hwy. 6 is a twisting, overmodest bounty of recreational options leading to the Oregon coast, which is entirely public. Tucked into all the green good times is Elk Creek, a walk-in only 40% full on a Friday night 8 o'clocker. The diverse mix of tall trees team up for good shade and cool creeking. The hikes here are elaborate and the official ones well-marked, enhanced by frequent water and swimming holes. The earlier you get here, the better chance you have to snag one of the prime 4-5 spots right along the creek, but every site works. The traffic about a 1/2 mile off the highway can sometimes be heard, but aqua sounds hold sway and it's not a super busy highway anyway, especially at night. You won't even need to go into nearby Tillamook to eat famous cheese. Chew on some dried mango chunks - your well-stocked visual and atmospheric buffet is right here.