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Haystack Rock

487 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, Oregon 97145 USA

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Open Now
Wed 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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The coolest part of Oregon's public Pacific Ocean coastline? The many sea stacks, including the iconic Haystack Rock near Cannon Beach. It's 237 feet tall, and some claim its the third-largest intertidal structure in the world. The stack is a magnet for film buffs looking to sniff some waves and find some rich stuff, as it was featured in "The Goonies." It's best seen from the shores of Cannon Beach, Oregon's quaintest seaside community.

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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
  • 13 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!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
yuriylanapolishchuk

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
July 28, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great place to visit and ride a bike on beach is just amazing! If ur ever in this area check out hug point beach it’s still our favorite beach with kids and just to explore! Water is shallow in morning before 11 so u can explore lots more including caves wildlife and little waterfall leading to the ocean.. just turn to the right when u do down the stair and start exploring!

3 people found this review helpful
  • 5 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
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.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wesonthego

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

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

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Money Left For Travel

  • 7 Reviews
  • 10 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.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jonathanwhitehead

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 09, 2018
Rated 5.0

Beautiful beach and very cool rock. Lots or creatures in the tide pools.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
madonnaregis

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 23, 2018
Rated 5.0

It was so beautiful! I loved it! Watch out for the tiny hill to the beach though, my first time there and on the way down, only feet away, I took a tumble and broke my foot! Couldn’t believe it! It had been overcast the day before when we got to our camp site and that morning, but as soon as we got to HayStack it had gotten sunny. I ended up going to the ER, getting a Boot for my foot, but we went back and I still enjoyed the beautiful view from the edge of the beach 5 stars Mother Earth! 2 big thumbs up!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LisaPerry

  • 8 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 17, 2015

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

1 person found this review helpful
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  • 0 Helpful
November 21, 2020
Rated 5.0

Came just as the sunset! It was absolutely stunning.

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Morgan Holdway

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June 16, 2020
Rated 5.0

Dog friendly, clean, beautiful, super cool small town

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Haystack Rock

487 S Hemlock St
Cannon Beach, Oregon
97145 USA

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Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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Good for bird watching, swimming, and 4 more activities. Has a scenic vibe.

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  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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