Have you ever heard of Hug Point, Oregon? If not, then you’re missing out on one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots along the coastline.
Located in Clatsop County, between Cannon Beach and Manzanita, Hug Point is a hidden gem that features an enchanting beach cove with a waterfall, sea caves, and rock formations. Sound like a photographer’s dream, right? Well, it’s certainly mine!
So let’s take a closer look at what makes this area so special and how you can get some awesome photos of Hug Point and the surrounding area.
The History Behind Hug Point
The name “Hug Point” comes from the days of stagecoaches when passengers had to get out and “hug” the rocky point in order to get around it by foot. This was due to the fact that there were no bridges or roads connecting Cannon Beach and Manzanita at that time. The area has since been developed but much of its beauty remains intact.
What Makes Hug Point Unique?
Today, if you visit Hug Point, you can witness firsthand some of its unique features including sea caves, natural archways carved into the cliffside from years of wave erosion, and an old wagon road leading down to the beach cove—all while surrounded by stunning coastal views.
The beach itself is covered with tide pools teeming with life such as starfish and crabs. At low tide (which occurs twice a day), visitors can explore even further by walking around the point to see more sea caves and a small waterfall cascading down onto the rocks below.
This place is especially magical during sunset when everything takes on soft hues of pink and orange as the sun slowly fades away over the horizon line.
If you ever find yourself in or near Cannon Beach or Manzanita, be sure to set aside some time to explore Hug Point State Recreation Site—you won’t regret it!
Here’s a bunch of photos that I and others have taken while visiting Hug Point to get your creative juices going before we get to the tips!
Hug Point Photo Gallery
Unique Opportunities For Photos At Hug Point
Whether you’re an experienced photographer or just starting out, there are plenty of photo ops at this beautiful spot. Let’s take a look at some of the great things you’ll want to be sure to capture when you visit Hug Point.
The View from the Top of the Trail
One popular attraction at Hug Point is the waterfall-viewing trail that starts at the top of a large rock formation and winds down to a beach below. From here, you can get amazing shots that show off both the rocky terrain and rugged coastline. Make sure to bring along your wide-angle lens so you can capture as much landscape as possible in one shot!
Exploring Tide Pools
Take some time to explore Hug Point’s tidal pools and rock formations. These areas are full of seashells and interesting sea creatures—from tiny crabs to bright starfish—that make great photo subjects. Get creative by playing with different angles and depths of field to capture these fascinating animals in their natural environment.
Capture Local Wildlife
If you spend enough time around Hug Point, you’re likely to spot local wildlife like birds, deer, and other animals. Bring along your telephoto lens so you can zoom in on these animals and get some great shots without disturbing them too much.
Plus, if it’s whale season (usually late summer through early fall) be sure to keep an eye out for gray whales migrating past the coast!
Hug Point offers photographers unparalleled opportunities for creating stunning photos that capture the beauty of Oregon’s north coast. Whether you want breathtaking landscapes or close-up shots of local wildlife, there are plenty of things to photograph here!
So don’t forget your camera when you plan your next trip – because one thing is certain – visiting Hug Point will be an unforgettable experience!