Oregon is home to some of the best state parks in the country. Whether you’re visiting for the outstanding views or the challenging hikes, our parks have just about everything you need for a fantastic vacation. This is especially evident at Hug Point State Park. Located five miles south of Cannon Beach, Hug Point has beautiful waterfall trails, miles of pristine coastline, and outstanding views. Discover why you should visit this gorgeous park during your next visit to the Oregon Coast!
Spend an Afternoon at Hug Point State Park
Rich History of Hug Point in Oregon
Hug Point State Park got its name in the late 19th century before the highway was built. In those days, the only way to travel along this stretch of the coast was via the beach. So, the pioneers and their stagecoaches had to hug the rocks in order to get around the point without getting wet. Thus, the name Hug Point! Today, guests can walk along the original stagecoach road at low tide and explore the Hug Point tide pools, covered with mussels, anemones, starfish, and other sea creatures, and even admire the old stagecoach wheel ruts still carved into the rock.
Hiking and Sightseeing
From the parking lot, guests can head north toward the site of a beautiful seasonal waterfall that spills onto the beach. This Hug Point waterfall trail is one of the most popular activities in the park. Much of the headland here is sandstone, and the Pacific’s pounding wave action has carved out several explorable caves, cliffs, and tidepools. The Oregon Coast Trail also passes through the park along the beach so that you can take a refreshing hike near the salty sea. Keep your eyes peeled for Haystack Rock, one of the most identifiable landmarks along the coastline, and don’t forget to bring your camera! If you’d like some tips on taking a great photo, take a look at our blog on photography tips along the Oregon Coast!
Look Out for the Tide!
Guests should always be aware of the water when exploring the beach and headlands of Hug Point State Park, as it is possible to become stranded at high tide. Take a look at the stagecoach trail, the view of Haystack Rock, and the two caves around the point, but be sure to never turn your back to the ocean. Before you head out to Hug Point, be sure to check our Oregon Coast tide chart! It’ll let you know the predicted times and height for high and low tide. Plus, we’ve got even more great suggestions for activities.
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