Hug Point Falls

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  • GPS: 45.8299063998,-123.9618592560
  • Elevation: 10 feet
  • Attraction Type: Waterfall
  • Waterfall height: 14 feet
  • Waterfall Source: Fall Creek

Hug Point Falls Attraction Description

Get ready to fall head over heels in love with one of the hidden gems of the Oregon coast – Hug Point Falls! This petite but enchanting waterfall tumbles 14 feet from Fall Creek down onto Arcadia Beach, where the waves of the Pacific Ocean lap at its base. The waterfall istelf may not be the grandest sight you’ll ever see, but it’s absolutely unique and picturesque, surrounded by swirling potholes and rugged rock alcoves that are begging to be explored.

The only thing that might rain on your parade is the fact that it’s tough – if not downright impossible – to access the falls at high tide. But don’t let that stop you! Low tide is your golden opportunity to scamper around the headland and take in the glory of Hug Point Falls.

Legend has it that Hug Point got its name because it was once a treacherous spot for wagon trains to navigate – they had to hug the cliffs to avoid being pulled out to sea by the ocean’s powerful currents. Nowadays, however, the biggest challenge is deciding which way to point your camera to capture the beauty of this place.

Hug Point Falls can be found in the Hug Point State Park, a little less than six miles south of Cannon Beach. It’s an idyllic spot to enjoy a picnic, poke around in the tide pools, and maybe even try your luck at catching a few fish. The beach itself is an awesome place to explore, stretching for two miles from the Hug Point headland to Arch Cape.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can also check out the Adair Point headland on the north end of the beach. Just be sure to mind the tide levels, as you don’t want to get stuck out there when the water starts to rise.

Pro tip: The parking area at Hug Point State Park is small and tends to fill up quickly, especially on weekends and during the summertime.  Get there early to avoid fighting for a spot and enjoy the beach with far fewer crowds.

Overall, Hug Point Falls is a must-see destination for anyone looking to experience the natural beauty of Oregon’s stunning coastline. Just remember to stay alert and cautious – the ocean can be unpredictable and dangerous and sneaker waves do happen.

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Small waterfall, cool location

Rated 4.0 out of 5
June 2, 2023

The waterfall is pretty underwhelming but it is neat in that it is literally on the beach. The entire state park area is very beautiful and absolutely worth the visit.

Chris

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