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Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

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Geologic Formation · Beach
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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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  • 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.....  more
    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.....  more »
  • We took a huge detour driving from Olympia to Portland just to see the beach and especially the rock. I have seen many photos so it was great to visit in person. The rugged Oregon coast throws waves.....  more
    We took a huge detour driving from Olympia to Portland just to see the beach and especially the rock. I have seen many photos so it was great to visit in person. The rugged Oregon coast throws waves.....  more »
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  • We went at the end of the day in the middle of a beach hazard/high wind warning, so we stayed well away from the rock and water line, but so cool nonetheless. The kids had a blast running around on the beach, and I got to play with my camera. It was easy to park in the free public lot at City Hall and walk over. The public restrooms between the beach and the parking lot are excellent if you need to make a pit stop.
  • This place is unreal. There is plenty to see and explore. Really well kept and organized. There was a person there employed by the city to make sure everything went well and she was absolutely fantastic. Her name is Angela and she keep things under control while pointing out all the things to see and helping tourist not step on all the living organisms. She was great. I love this place. We spent quite a bit of time there and I am blown away by the experience. 5 stars for sure and a must see!

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