Are you planning a visit to the northern Oregon Coast?
A stop at Hug Point State Recreation Site should be on your list of things to do.
Your visit can be a short trip as you wander around the scenic Hug Point Waterfall, caves, and tide pools, or make you visit a longer experience and plan to hike the beach from Hug Point to north Arch Cape. Or head to Oswald West State Park to the south.
Hug Point is a terrific spot to visitors, and very accessible to Oregon Coast Visitors. It's only a short 10 mile drive from our Manzanita rentals, or a quick 7 minute drive south of popular Cannon Beach. Even closer to neighboring Arch You'll find the access parking lot on the west side of Highway 101. From the parking lot, take the stairs down to the beach walk north around Adair Point to find the much photographed Hug Point Waterfall. The geography of this area is mainly sandstone, and waves have created several explorable caves.
Hug Point received its very practical name based on the old 19th century road against the headland that earlier coastal goers traveled before the creation of Highway 101. At low tide, the old road and wheel tracks "hugging" the sandstone is exposed. Along with tide pools teaming with anemones, some starfish and muscles. And the occasional tiny crab.
More tide pools can be found south from the parking lot. Walk past Point Meriwether and cross the Oregon Coast Trail, which parallels the beach in this area. Towards the north tip of Arch Cape you'll find more tide pools with more beach treasure.
You'll want to note the following when visiting Hug Point
Hug Point is a popular state park, and can be busy during the high season. Earlier is better than later.
Check the tide tables before visiting. Low tide is the best time and safest time to see the attractions at Hug Point. It is possible to become stranded by the incoming tide when exploring the Point so know before you go!
When visiting this area you'll also want to
Check out this regularly updated event calendar of fun things to do in the area.
Be prepared for Oregon Coast weather.
Refer to this list for what to pack when visiting the Coast.
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Enjoy your visit to Hug Point Recreational Area ~
Looking for a great place to stay while visiting the Oregon Coast? While Arch Cape Rentals may be close by, why not stay in Manzanita? We're only about nine miles south of Hug Point, surrounded by Oswald West State Park and Nehalem Bay State Park.
While Arch Cape is a residential neighborhood without businesses, and sits directly on Highway 101, Manzanita has many wonderful restaurants, shops, and grocery stores, yet remains a small Oregon Coast town. Take a look at our Oceanfront Manzanita rentals. Be sure to contact us for more information about vacationing on the beautiful northern Coast.
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