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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

We went in search of the Oregon nesting puffins, but those little critters are cagey and tend to nest on the ocean side of the rock. They are pretty elusive as they also tend to burrow and nest 3-6 feet into the soil, so they...More

Thank Ruth H
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to Haystack Rock on a Friday evening near the end of July. What a beautiful place! The weather was absolutely perfect...we were barefoot walking along the shore, and there was an awesome cool breeze blowing, so we still needed jackets. Parking, lodging, and...More

Thank CakeChick250
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm 28 years old anda big fan of the coast and road trips, but we went 2.5 hours out of our way to see this on a road trip, and I was kind of disappointed... It's cool in the sense of how it was formed,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Please, Please, Please make sure you visit the Oregon coast and see Haystack Rock in quaint Cannon Beach Oregon. It is majestic and magnificent. You can access it at low tide and there are tide pools filled with starfish and sea creatures to marvel at....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I might rate this higher than some viewers but I'm a softy to the natural beauty of this planet and I think Haystack Rock is just iconic in showcasing the Oregon coast. I agree with Carla P. that you want to check the tide time...More

1  Thank Jim K
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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

Thank Carla P
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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

Thank 812,841
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Reviewed 1 week 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.

1  Thank Kurt B
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Lyssa M
28 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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16 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
8 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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