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Arch Cape is tiny unincorporated community in Clatsop County. About five miles south of the ever pupular town of Cannon Beach, this village gets its name comes from the area’s natural rock formations. With access to a gorgeous sand and cobblestone beach and a secluded atmosphere, it’s a prime spot to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast. If your pup is feeling under the weather while visiting Arch Cape, veterinary care is just 15 minutes south in Nehalem.
Your furry BFF will love the beach access in Arch Cape. With tons of nooks and crannies to discover, no matter which spot you visit, your pup will be busy for hours. To burn some energy, start at the northern beach access and follow the surf all the way up to Hug Point. It’s a two mile walk and must be done when the tide is low. For a truly enchanting experience, make your way past the rock formations just south of the Arch Cape to a secluded cove. Nicknamed “Magic Rock Beach,” it is covered with stones polished by the ocean waves. Your pal will love how the smooth cobblestones feel on those paws as you both wander around this piece of paradise.
Although it’s easy to overlook, this village is beyond puptastic and should not be missed!
If it isn’t already, the Hug Point State Recreation Site should be on your pup’s barket list. Stroll around the sandy beach or let your pal go for a swim. Then walk about a half mile north to sandstone outcroppings that form a cavern and a natural waterfall. Take a photo with your pup with this furrific backdrop, and cool down in the mist. Right off the parking lot is an old stagecoach trail that was used by travelers long ago. Your pup can follow in their footsteps on this once treacherous trail. While visiting this park, be sure to know the tide schedule. You don’t want to be caught off guard by the incoming waves!
If you pup is craving adventure, grab that leash and head over to the Oswald West State Park. This 2,484 acre park combines miles of coastal forest and sandy beach to create a breathtaking slice of heaven on earth. Whether your pal is in the mood for hiking, swimming, or just relaxing on the beach, this place has it all. For a day on the surf, follow the half mile trail to Short Sands Beach. There are also miles of trails to choose from. Trails through Old Growth Forest, to Cape Falcon, and along Oregon Coast Trail offer puptacular scenery of the coast. Be sure to bring plenty of water and clean up bags on your hike.
The Tolovana State Recreation Site is five minutes north of Arch Cape in Cannon Beach. This is a great spot to enjoy some casual beach time with your furry sidekick. Cannon Beach is known for its expansive sandy beaches with stunning scenery, and this beach is no exception. Your pooch can dance in the waves, help you look for sand dollars, or just trot along the sand. You can enjoy views of Oregon’s famous Haystock Rock here, a large off shore basalt sea stack. Once you pup is all tuckered out, head over to Sea Level Bakery for a delicious bite to eat. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a refreshing salad while sitting on the patio with your pup.
Looking for a pawsome place to take your pup? Head over to the Haystack Hill State Park for some furrific hiking. Located in Cannon Beach, it’s just 10 minutes from Arch Cape. Most tourists don’t know about this park, so it’s the perfect spot to escape the Cannon Beach crowds. Let your dog be the guide as you follow the Haystack Hill Hiking Trail through the peaceful forest. Once you arrive at the viewing platform, soak in the views of Haystack Rock. After your hike, stop by the beach directly west of the park for an up close look at the famous rock formation. Well behaved dogs can be off leash on the beach, but they must be leashed at Haystack Rock since it is a designated bird refuge.
Drive 15 minutes north of Arch Cape and you’ll come to the Les Shirley Park in Cannon Beach. This natural space sits on the banks of Ecola Creek and is just a bone’s throw away from the beach. Walk your pup around the green lawn for some doggy cardio, then head west to the sandy shores of Pacific Ocean. If you’ve got a water lover, jump in the creek, frolic in the ocean, or both! Land loving dogs can trot north along the beach to Chapman Point. Be sure to stop by the wire statue of Sacajawea with Lewis and Clark. It’s along the way and definitely worth a visit.
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