Hug Point State Park, Cannon Beach

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Hug Point State Recreation Site is a state park on the northern Oregon Coast in the U.S. state of Oregon. Administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the park is open to the public and is fee-free. Amenities at the park, which is 5mi south of Cannon Beach along U.S. Route 101, include picnicking, fishing, and a Pacific Ocean beach.Hug Point, the cape for which it is named, lies in the park.Late 19th century stagecoaches that used the beach as a highway "had to 'hug' this particular point even at low tide to get around it", hence the name Hug Point.Roadbed around the headThe primitive roadbed was chipped into the head by unknown persons around the turn of the 20th century to facilitate access to Arch Cape, which at the time was accessible only by driving a horse-drawn or motorized vehicle on the beach. This sometimes necessitated driving directly into the surf—an inconvenience in a stagecoach or wagon, but a real hazard in motorcars, which were far easier to get stuck and were disabled and immobilized by relatively small waves. A persistent rumor claims that the roadbed was made by a man whose brand-new Maxwell car got stuck and was submerged by the incoming tide in the 1920s; however, photographic evidence shows the road was there well before 1920, and Oregon popular historian Ralph Friedman interviewed a stage driver who remembered using it before World War I.
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  • Just so pretty here! You can stroll or sit and the coast is so welcoming. An easy walk from parking lot. The sunsets here are quiet as not very crowded and the afterglow lingers because nothing around...  more »
  • We have been to Hug Beach many times over the years. Young kids, family get togethers, teens still love it. Great place to feed the birds, walk the beach, and pictures. If you go at low tide there are...  more »
  • Hug Point is an easy stop off Hwy 101. We spent the day driving and stopping on 101 to take in the beauty that is the Oregon Coast. Hug Point has easy parking with a set of stairs down to the beach. B...  more »

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