The Top Five Outdoor Attractions in Arch Cape, OR

For true outdoor enthusiasts, the coast of Oregon is hard to beat in terms of versatility, stunning scenery, and just plain fun. If you’re planning a trip to the northwestern corner of the state, be sure to drop by the small but lively hamlet of Arch Cape or even book an Arch Cape vacation rental for your trip. Here are five outdoor attractions to visit in this unique spot.

Hug Point State Park

Beachcombing, swimming, and exploring are just a few of the activities that visitors can enjoy at Hug Point, a recreational area that includes one of the area’s loveliest sand beaches. After a long walk along the Stagecoach Trail, recharge your batteries with an invigorating dip in the Pacific, then search for shells and sea glass while you dry off.

Neahkahnie Mountain

This 1,680-foot mountain is part of the Oregon Coast Range. The 8-mile, lollipop-loop trail is only moderately difficult. Be aware, that the mountain’s website lists the hike as not family-friendly, so those with young children in tow might want to try a different activity. Access is available via either the Oregon Coast Trail or the Short Sand South Trailhead.

Short Sands Beach

Nicknamed “Shorty’s” by locals, this beach provides some of the best surfing in Oregon, with primordial views to go along with the adrenaline rush. If surfing isn’t your speed, try boogie boarding or bodysurfing instead. For those who prefer to stay dry, pack a kite and enjoy watching it dance above the cliffs.

Treasure Hunting

Another way to connect with the outdoors? Renting a metal detector and taking it along on your nature walk. The Pacific Northwest has seen a myriad of shipwrecks throughout the centuries, making the Oregon coast the perfect place to search for old coins and other artifacts.

Nehalem Bay State Park

This gem of a park welcomes campers as well as day users, making it the perfect spot for those who want to extend their adventure into the nighttime. During the day, cast a fishing line, hop into a kayak, or take a bike ride along the forested 1.8-mile path. Be sure to keep an eye out for deer, elk, coyotes, and other wildlife.

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