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Haystack Rock

487 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, Oregon 97145 USA

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“a gorgeous geological wonder”

Haystack Rock is a 235-foot sea stack in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is sometimes claimed locally to be the third-tallest such "intertidal" structure in the world, but there are no official references to support this. A popular tourist destination, the monolithic rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot at low tide. The Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfish, sea anemone, crabs, chitons, limpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a nesting site for many sea birds, including terns and puffins.

Haystack Rock is located about south of downtown Cannon Beach in Clatsop County and about west of Portland. The nearest major road is U.S. Route 101. Haystack Rock is part of the Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. The area below the mean high water (MHW) level is managed by Oregon Parks and Recreation. The area above the MHW level is managed by the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Reviewed by
Nicholle

  • 20 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
April 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

One of our favorite stops on our road trip....although it was in March so it was incredibly windy and chilly......absolutely amazing either way!

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  • 4 Reviews
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September 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

I have never been to Cannon Beach and it was a beautiful day not too crowded the water was warm. It was a lovely day with beautiful views.

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wesonthego

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August 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

First time in west coast (I'm east coast) and love it here! Very beautiful!

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Reviewed by
LisaPerry

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  • 0 Helpful
August 17, 2015

Great views of this rock from the scenic spots on the highway. A gorgeous and breathtaking coastal trip!

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Money Left For Travel

  • 7 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
August 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

My wife and I made sure that we made it to Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach right before the sun was setting. We wanted to make sure we got some great pictures and a timelapse of the sunset.

Any person that grew up during the 80s should remember this rock formation from The Goonies movie... one of the reasons I knew we had to make it part of our trip! FYI, the Goonies house is just north of Cannon Beach in the city of Astoria.

This is a beautiful spot along the west coast and a place that my wife and I definitely plan to come back and visit again some time.

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SamFam

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June 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

So wonderful! Beautiful sea life and great pictures. A must stop! Parking is difficult to find but worth the hassle. The water is cold and weather chilly and windy in June too. But who cares it's so beautiful!

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trulyfree

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August 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

GOONIES!!! The rock is huge.

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August 17, 2015

Haystack Rock located in Cannon Beach at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. Haystack Rock rises 235-feet out of the sand and the sea at the low tide line and is a protected Marine Garden. The Rock is also home to many birds, including tufted puffins, gulls, and cormorants. Volunteer interpreters and protectors of the Rock and the life that it supports are on the beach during morning low tides during the summer.
 
Photography courtesy of Kristin Dahl.

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Haystack Rock

487 S Hemlock St
Cannon Beach, Oregon
97145 USA

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