Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock
5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Haystack Rock is a unique 235 feet monolith that attracts wildlife and tourists alike and is part of the Oregon Coast’s geological history, formed millions of year ago by lava flows that created many of the dramatic capes and headlands along the coast. Haystack Rock is protected under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a seabird nesting colony and it is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and is a State protected Marine Garden. The Rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer and marine invertebrates all year. Tidepool seekers are beckoned by its wonders every day. The Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) is a stewardship and environmental educational program whose mission is to protect, through education, the intertidal and bird ecology of the Marine Garden and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock. HRAP offers an extensive interpretive program on the beach during the spring and summer months around low tide.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Haystack Rock
See what travelers are saying
  • aschoono
    DeWitt, Michigan675 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Views
    We were visiting Portland and decided to make a drive to the coast. We ended up in Cannon Beach and wanted to see the Haystack Rock. Parking was hard to come by so we ended up parking at Tolovana Beach State Park and it was only a short walk to the Haystack Rock. It was beautiful to see.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Ellen28
    New York City, New York1,124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surreal during negative tide
    I loved this place. So awesome . Not all low tides are the same. Ask a ranger about the negative tide so you can see the rock most exposed. Totally gorgeous. They’ll tell you not to step on the rocks and of course, don’t touch the habitat. (Shockingly hard for some folks). Lots of birds nesting on top too. This is a must.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 25, 2023
  • IrishRover
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania3,075 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list destination
    We stopped for the day to explore in and around Cannon Beach with this being our main reason. It truly is mesmerizing. Sunset is the time to be as the mist and sun create such a great moment. It is truly a special place
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Rob121618
    West Malling, United Kingdom518 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing geology!
    We could see the tip of the rock from our hotel room…so that was great. Seeing it from the beach is amazing. Watching the sunset from the beach with Haystack rock in your photos is quite something. The rock dominates this part of the coastline…definitely worth visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finding parking is difficult
    If you are not staying at one of the fancy hotels along the beach, be sure to park your car at the nearest public parking lot since there are virtually no street parking. Google maps will not indicate the parking lot, rather a lookout. Be sure to park at the public parking lot and walk a bit, especially if you are here to catch a sunset.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a rock
    It’s an accessible, millions years old, 235 foot tall rock in the Pacific Ocean! And it’s right at the edge of water on the beautiful Cannon Beach. It’s a bird sanctuary and an environmental wonder. But, forget all that, it’s just an amazing sight to behold. The surf, the sunlight, the long flat beach, the reflections, the crashing waves, the mist and all the different angles make this a beautiful spot for amateur photographers like myself. It’s one of those places, that when you see it in real life, it’s just wow!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Chuck Y
    Surrey, Canada19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Scenery
    Beautiful scenery. My wife and I walked the long beaches a couple of hours at a time. The towns of Cannon Beach and Seaside are full of food establishments & pubs. We camped in an RV Park. It was very windy one night with wind gusts up to 72 km / hr. The last week of Sept was a rainy week when we went. There's various hikes and some kayaking that can be done. If you're into the outdoors, this is a visit worth making.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 2, 2023
  • craig1086
    Atlanta, Georgia1,797 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's A Decent Visit If You're Blessed With Great Weather
    We had pouring rain the day we drove out to Cannon Beach. While driving down the main street, you can't help but see Haystack Rock due to the majestic size of it. It's in between a couple of rock formations on the beach. The wind was howling, and it made the rain even colder, but we did see one group of people that were still walking the beach. The weather had the tide coming further up almost to the staircases that bring you down from the street above. There's plenty of marine life you can see without even walking out that far onto the beach. On a good weather day, I'm sure it's amazing. However, to me it's just a beach that you walk up and down, as there are so many rocks in the sand. Also, the ocean water was frigid. But I'll always remember the visit. There's a free public parking lot down by the coffee shops. It's a short stop because there's not much to do in the town.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach and rock
    Absolutely do come here to admire this natural wonder. Parking can be tricky and hard to find. Beach is wide and long and the Haystack rock looked amazing even in bad weather. You can walk all around during the low tide, approach the small pools and ask rangers whatever interests you.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2024
  • Nikzleez
    Prince George, Virginia811 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket List!
    This was one of the highlights of my road trip one of my bucket lists items. It is as beautiful as the pictures and so many opportunities to get amazing shots. We went at sunset. I even saw a bald eagle thanks to a friendly bird enthusiast/photographer.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 3, 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles3,293 reviews
Excellent
2,705
Very good
491
Average
79
Poor
10
Terrible
8

Hannah Davis
Cookeville, TN50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
When we set off on our Oregon trip, Haystack Rock was one of the most highly talked about and recommended places for us to visit. We went in early August around 2-3 PM. We found parking next to Mo's Restaurant and walked from there to Haystack Rock.

Once we made it to the rock we saw that there was a large area sanctioned off by ropes and stakes and lots of signs about staying out of these areas and not poking or collecting any of the tide pool creatures. However, despite all of this, there was lots of people (both adults and children) picking up anemones, poking them, catching other wildlife in nets and trampling through restricted areas. We also saw dogs digging in the sand in the restricted areas. The area was covered up with people and due to the harassment of the wildlife, all the anemones were closed and the other tide pool inhabitants were gone or fleeing.

I have heard many good reviews of this area, so I feel like we may have arrived at a bad time. This would be an excellent area to visit if it was less crowded and the individuals visiting were respectful of the wildlife.

I would definitely still recommend stopping, as this is a must-see Oregon landmark, but I would try hard to visit during a less crowded time.
Written July 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NewRecipesForLife
656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
There is something magical about Haystack and surrounding jutting rocks that appear serene yet ominous along Cannon Beach.

I recommend all visitors to experience this natural splendor at any time of day. A walk at dawn or a splendid sunset bonfire will punctuate your experience.
Written October 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Arjun S
St. Paul, United States153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The beach is a popular spot for many to sit by a bonfire and watch the sunset. The rock itself is beautiful and adds perspective to the endless Pacific Ocean. Dress warmly and be prepared for a potential sprinkle of rain.
Written June 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rob121618
West Malling, UK518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We could see the tip of the rock from our hotel room…so that was great. Seeing it from the beach is amazing. Watching the sunset from the beach with Haystack rock in your photos is quite something. The rock dominates this part of the coastline…definitely worth visiting.
Written July 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

D90Don
Las Vegas, NV25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Great Views and Friendly People on the Beach! Public Parking near the beach was available the day we went. Definitely worth a stop if doing the Oregon Coast. The town itself is definitely a bit more upscale and pricey than a lot of the other coastal towns in Oregon. Plan on spending more on this stop.
Written September 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

surfercharlie
Glendive, MT1,146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Haystack rock is about the same height as a 23 story building, but it really doesn't look like it because the beach in front of it is so long and wide, as is the ocean behind it. However, it is still an awesome sight and during low tide offers lots of tidepool exploration. The day we visited was cold and tide was high, but there were a lot of people milling around. A few ventured out in the chilly waters to check on the tidepools.
Written July 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ernie S
Orange County, CA1,450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It was a long walk from our inn situated in north Cannon Beach but worth the effort to see Haystack Rock up close. The rock is surprisingly green and lush, with meadows on top, and most interesting is a huge nesting area for many sea birds. The highlight of my visit was watching thousands of birds screech in alarm, then fill the sky in a black cloud of panic. Out of this swarming body of birds came one figure, a Bald Eagle, clutching an unfortunate nesting bird. It was an amazing closeup view of raw Nature.
Written June 6, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

IrishRover
Pittsburgh, PA3,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We stopped for the day to explore in and around Cannon Beach with this being our main reason. It truly is mesmerizing. Sunset is the time to be as the mist and sun create such a great moment. It is truly a special place
Written July 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Traveling One
Greenville, SC860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We came here in mid-June and it was COLD our first day with temperatures around 60, windy, and a little bit of rain. Our second day we had sunshine but it was still pretty chilly in the evenings. Despite the cold, we had a good time exploring this beach! Its a beautiful walk between Haystack Rock and Bird's Rock to bird watch! We saw lots of common murres but no puffins. Also loved how driving into Cannon beach the first thing you see is Haystack Rock when you get a glimpse of the ocean!
Written July 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jim W.
Atlanta, GA1,299 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This review is not so much for the rock itself (which is worth seeing) but for the overall experience of driving into Cannon Beach and trying to see Haystack Rock (which is nightmarish).

We were driving north on Hwy 101 after lunch and a short hike near Manzanitas. I had noted some coastal landmarks to see on our drive, and of course Haystack Rock was among these. We got off Hwy 101 (northbound) and did a sort of cloverleaf 270-degree turn back under the highway to head the 1/4 mile to the town of Cannon Beach. It looked like there might be a few spaces to park near this underpass (along the road).

We approached the stop sign at the main intersection in town. Traffic was heavy. We managed to make a left turn and headed parallel to the beach. Over some intervening homes / hotels we soon could see Haystack Rock. However, there was NOWHERE to park (at least nowhere that had spaces). We circled around, tried some side roads, etc. No luck. And this was on a Thursday at around 1:30 p.m.!

We soon gave up and opted to just look for a public restroom before getting back on 101. This proved almost equally difficult. We ended up just parking in front of someone's driveway and I waited while others walked half a block to the facilities.

I would not drive in Cannon Beach again if I returned here. At best, I would consider parking near the initial 101 underpass and walking the rest of the way. It was not far and would be a vastly superior experience versus driving / parking there. Maybe if you stay in Cannon Beach at a hotel where parking is provided and then just explore the town (and the beach) on foot it would be fine.
Written August 2, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 3,211
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Haystack Rock - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Cannon Beach HotelsCannon Beach Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Cannon Beach
All things to do in Cannon Beach
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars