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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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Highway 101, Cannon Beach, OR 97110
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The beauty of this location is outstanding. We drove from Portland, leaving at 6am. Look at the tide times before planning a visit. It’s best to go at low tide to view the tide pools. It’s was so incredible! Getting there early will ensure a...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The view on cannon beach is stunning and a great well maintained beach- though the water was really really cold..... the kids didnt mind running out in the water and back :-)

Thank MrDebel
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Haystack Rock cannot be missed if you are in Cannon Beach. It symbolizes the amazing Oregon coast. Fantastic beach. Great for walking or building sand castles. Experience the minus tides several times a year when you can just about walk around the monolith. Puffins can...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Oregon coast is a classic example of natures beauty and not to be missed. Take in all it has to offer.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must visit at low tide. The tidal pools are awesome and the staff from the Haystack Preservation volunteer staff are super-helpful.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

You haven't seen the Oregon coast until you have seen Haystack Rock. Very cool. Best view is from Cannon Beach but you can see it from Seaside too and probably further down the coast as well.

Thank BethfromA2
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went here with friend when we were visiting them in Portland. A nice easy drive from Portland - we parked near the end of Cannon beach and walked all the way to Haystack rock. Lovely beach and beautiful view.

Thank Anna S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Would visit here again and STAY in Cannon Beach! Free to see Haystack Rock and the beach is so nice! Aquatic life to see during low tide and you can pick up most of it. Really neat for kids. YOU MAY NOT CLIMB on the...More

Thank angela w
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Check this place out, not just for the filming location but to take in the natural beauty. It’s gorgeous! Walk around and take it all in!

Thank ashre28
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Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the few places in the USA where you can see puffins!!! Also multiple other birds - including Cormorants. At low tide you can hike to the base of the rock. Well worth it.

Thank Berta B
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Lyssa M
27 March 2018|
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Response from Fieldtravels | Reviewed this property |
If you park on the Main Street near Haystack Rock, it’s a really short walk down to the beach.
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15 August 2017|
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Response from David H | Reviewed this property |
Best to check the internet, as it varies day to day.. enjoy...!
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MicheleSaranovich
7 August 2017|
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Response from Pooka R | Property representative |
Haystack Rock was featured in the film at the end on the beach. The cave however was a set. The cave at Haystack Rock is part of the Reserve and is off limits for entry. During super negative tides it is visible and can... More
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