Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

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#1 of 240 in Outdoors in Oregon
Rising 72 m (235 ft) above the Pacific shoreline, Haystack Rock serves as one of the Oregon Coast's most iconic monuments. You can reach the formation, known as a sea stack, at low tide from the beach. It plays home to an array of tide pool-dwelling creatures like crabs, starfish, and anemones. Visit the monolithic rock and the surrounding seaside area and partake of beachfront activities, such as picnicking, kite-flying, and enjoying nature. Bird-watchers should keep an eye out for the great number of species that periodically nest on and near the sea stack. Be sure to check local tide tables to ensure your safety and access to the rock. Plan your visit to Haystack Rock and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cannon Beach attractions planning tool .
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  • Everyone goes to the beach and Haystack Rock has become the most photographed monolith in Oregon. Walk the beach and enjoy the ocean waves and sounds. It is refreshing.  more »
  • What a sight to see. This area is amazing. When the tide goes out there tidal pools left behind. You don't what you might find in them. Just a nice place to relax  more »
  • This place is one of my favorite. We would come here every summer in the 1960's 1970's for 2 weeks for summer vacation in July. Water is cold but weather is great. The cabins have all been replaced or...  more »

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Explore the commercial and residential areas in the north of town for the greatest variety, including some family-owned guesthouses sitting alongside standard hotels and campgrounds. If you head a bit south, you'll find more upscale hotels and resorts overlooking a vast sandy beach. With great views and fine restaurants, these options run out of rooms quickly--reserve in advance.
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