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Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

#1 of 412 in Outdoors in Oregon
Must see · Geologic Formation · Beach
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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  • Large rock in the ocean teaming with birds. Be sure to bring binoculars. I have always wanted to see tufted puffins and heard they were here. They were indeed there along with tons of murre and...  more »
  • If you're in the area, definitely worth the walk along the beach. What made it special was having the State Park folks set up with a telescope so we could see the Puffins. Very cool.  more »
  • Drove over early evening and watched the sun slowly set. This is one of those things everyone should see once. If you're an east coast person, this isn't Cape May. Just beautiful.  more »
  • This is a great place with amazing views provided your are going on a sunny day. On a cloudy day this is as good as nothing. If you're visiting here in winter then wear multiple layers otherwise you won't last more than a few minutes on this beach.
  • Is this definitely one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve been to. Is gorgeous, relaxing and the view is heavenly. Water is super cold in my opinion, but I’m also Texan and not used to it.
  • This is one of my favorite places in Oregon. I first visited in 2018 and felt in love with it. Haystack rock and Cannon beach are magical. This day I took pics for Yemi Love LLC and it went great. Amazing sunset too. I also enjoyed an amazing tea from Insomnia.
  • Our visit to Haystack Rock included a nice walk on the beach. It was sunny and beautiful. The rocks emphasize the power of the ocean.
  • This IS my Wife’s Favorite Local CHARGING LOCATION!! While we recently moved here six weeks ago, previously and for nearly eight years running.. She would think NOTHING of jumping in the car, truck or on the motorcycle and take off towards Cannon Beach, OR or more specifically.. HAYSTACK ROCK!! While we were living in Olympia, Washington the drive one-way was 3 & 1/2 hours! However, this is my Wife’s, RECHARGE Location, Period! Coincidentally enough, we moved here in 2020.. just as we said that we intended too for the last two years. Granted, it was quite literally the LAST DAY of the year in 2020, BUT WE MADE IT, NONETHELESS! I love you Mrs.Brackett and am most thankful for your friendship, love, support and more than anything else.. I am thankful for your consideration and genuine intention of growing together, singularly as well as collectively as a Team.. as we embark on “Our Legacy”, and the challenging times ahead though they may put us in question of our choices, TOGETHER we Can and We WILL... DOnt quIT!! It is first about being mindful of our Mission Statement, Focus and Core Incentives in Maintaining a Steady & Precise Poised Course Heading Towards Transparency & Integrity.

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