HUG POINT STATE RECREATION SITE
Just south of Cannon Beach, this little wayside gives you easy access to the beach and a peek at some interesting history. Imagine travelling by stagecoach along the beach (before the highway was built, the beach was the only way to go). North of the parking area you can still walk along the original trail carved into the point by the stagecoaches. The wayside was named after this trail because it hugs the point. Looking further north, Haystack Rock?one of the most identifiable landmarks along the coastline?is easily visible.
Caution to visitors; be aware of the tide! It is possible to become stranded at high tide when exploring the point. Take a look at the stagecoach trail, the view of Haystack Rock and the two caves around the point, but have a plan. Pick up a tide book at one of the local shops: have fun and be safe.
Located on the northern Oregon coast, Hug Point has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. The area was originally used by Native American tribes for fishing and hunting before European settlers arrived.
In the late 1800s, stagecoaches utilized this coastal route as there were no highways at that time. To make it passable during high tide, early travelers had to 'hug' close to point of land which gave rise its name - "Hug Point". Evidence of these old trails can still be seen today in form of wheel tracks etched into rocks near beach.
The site also features an historic waterfall where pioneers would wash their horses after long journeys along sandy beaches. Additionally, remnants from failed attempts at road construction are visible; including dynamite blasted cliffs intended for carriage roads but never completed due to advent of modern highway system.
During low tides one may discover sea caves once frequented by smugglers and pirates according local folklore tales.
By mid-20th century with development Highway 101 (Pacific Coast Scenic Byway), need for such dangerous routes diminished significantly making way recreational use instead transportation necessity
It wasn't until later part last century when state recognized unique historical significance natural beauty location decided preserve public enjoyment recreation purposes thus establishing park we know today