Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach: Address, Haystack Rock Reviews: 5/5

Haystack Rock
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Beaches • Geologic Formations
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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.
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Jasmine G
31 contributions
Oct 2020
It is hard to fathom that just beyond the unassuming streets of shops you find a spectacular beach and rock formations.

Within walking distance of our hotel, I made half a dozen trips to walk or just gaze upon this wonder. An evening at sunset is particularly spectacular. Beach blankets dot the area with small bonfires.

After years of extensive travel throughout the United States, this is one of very few places I have returned to repeatedly. I will continue to come back for the peace and beauty of such an easily accessible beach.
Written May 16, 2021
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Ernie S
Orange County, CA1,370 contributions
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
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Arjun S
St. Paul, United States173 contributions
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
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Hannah Davis
Cookeville, TN50 contributions
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
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RVtherenow
Lake Geneva, WI95 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We came just to view this rock. We were pleasantly surprised to find special RV parking just a few blocks from the beach. We were worried because the electronic construction signs coming into town said expect crowds and no parking. I wish we brought our dogs with because everything is so dog friendly including the beach!
Written August 22, 2020
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KC Rodriguez
6 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Really cool. Low tide showed very diverse marine life in the tide pools. Watching all the birds take off was really cool, especially the puffins. The guards of the rock were so nice and helpful when my kids asked questions about the animals.
Written June 23, 2020
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NewRecipesForLife
406 contributions
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
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LCO
Jacksonville, FL50 contributions
Oct 2021
We were so happy to have landed here on our Oregon Coast trip. Public parking is a few blocks away-wish we had had the time to stop by some of the restaurants and surf shops. Haystack Rock is such a stunning geologic feature and we and the kids had a great time looking at the tide pools and of course the ocean and the sunset. It was cold, so bring your coats and boots/hats.
Written October 9, 2021
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Mark A.
Lake Shore, MN1,248 contributions
Aug 2021
Friends took us to this beach. I was not expecting to see Haystack Rock. Serious cool factor. It looks bigger than it really is, but the rock is mesmerizing. Lots of people, with limited parking in the area. Busy during tourist season. Spent an hour walking the beach. Nice afternoon stop.
Written August 17, 2021
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Victoria B
Issaquah, WA6 contributions
Apr 2022
It was beautiful and sunny! Wear a warm coat during the spring time, the Ecological volunteers are out there every low tide. They can answer questions and point out finds in the tide pools. We saw a Golden Eagle, sea birds and creatures. If you can get out to the earlier low tide, there are fewer people. Beautiful views and sunsets. They also allow fires on the beach at night.
Written April 18, 2022
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