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Hug Point State Recreation Site
View from near the parking area
Type Public, state
Location 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Cannon Beach
45°50′29″N 123°57′29″W / 45.84139°N 123.95806°W / 45.84139; -123.95806 (Hug Point State Park)Coordinates: 45°50′29″N 123°57′29″W / 45.84139°N 123.95806°W / 45.84139; -123.95806 (Hug Point State Park)[1]
Size 43 acres (17 ha)
Operated by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department
Status Day use, year-round

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 State Parks and Recreation Department, the park is open to the public and is fee-free. Amenities at the park, which is 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Cannon Beach along U.S. Route 101, include picnicking, fishing, and a Pacific Ocean beach.[2]

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.[3] The 43-acre (17 ha) park has a large parking area, public restrooms, and a sloping walkway to the beach. Erosion has formed caves in sandstone cliffs along the headland's south side, which is also the site of a seasonal waterfall. The Oregon Coast Trail passes though the park along the beach.[3]

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References

  1. ^ "Hug Point State Park". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1132362. Retrieved October 26, 2009.  
  2. ^ "Hug Point State Recreation Site". Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation Department. http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_191.php. Retrieved October 26, 2009.  
  3. ^ a b Bannan, Jan (2002). Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide (2nd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 107–08. ISBN 0-89886-794-0.  
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