Hug Point State Park


Hug Point State Park Attraction Description

Hug Point State Recreation Area in Oregon is a hidden gem (but not so hidden from the crowds) that offers visitors a perfect getaway to explore nature, enjoy breathtaking views, and experience the rich history of the Oregon coast. Nestled between Cannon Beach and Manzanita, Hug Point is a great destination for tourists and visitors alike who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

The main attraction of Hug Point is its stunning beach, which stretches for more than a mile and offers visitors an excellent opportunity to relax or explore. The beach is dotted with sea stacks, tide pools, and caves, making it an ideal spot for nature enthusiasts and photographers. Visitors can stroll along the shoreline, explore the tide pools, and discover marine life such as starfish, crabs, and anemones. At low tide, visitors can even venture into the caves carved into the cliff by the pounding waves of the Pacific Ocean.

One of the most popular spots is Hug Point Waterfall which cascades down the cliff onto the beach. Visitors can scramble to the top of a short cliff to get a bird’s eye view of the waterfall or play it safe at the bottom and enjoy the refreshing spray of water on their faces.

Apart from the natural beauty, Hug Point is also steeped in history. The area was once a major transportation route for early settlers and Native Americans who used it as a shortcut to travel along the coast. Visitors can still see the original wagon road carved into the rock face of the cliff, which was used by horse-drawn wagons to transport goods along the coast. The name “Hug Point” is said to have originated from the fact that the road hugged the point, making it a tight squeeze for the wagons.

If you’re planning a visit to Hug Point State Recreation Area, be sure to bring appropriate clothing and footwear as the weather can be unpredictable. During the summer months, the area can be crowded, so it’s best to arrive early in the day to secure a parking spot. Visitors should also be mindful of the tide schedule, as some areas of the beach may be inaccessible during high tide.

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