This hard-to-miss coastal rock formation is a quintessential Cannon Beach scene
Haystack Rock is a 235-foot geologic coastal landform, called a sea stack, located in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Some consider it to be the third-tallest such intertidal structure in the world, but we couldn’t find anything official. Located near the beach, this monolithic rock is a popular tourist attraction and a highly photographed point of interest.
The formation is actually accessible by foot at low tide. The Haystack Rock tide pools are an attraction in itself. Home to various intertidal animals, including starfish, crabs, sea slugs, anemone, and many more, the rock is also a nesting site for many sea birds, such as puffins.
Located about 3 miles north of Cannon Beach is Ecola State Park is a state park encompassing 9 miles of coastline between Cannon Beach and Seaside. The park also includes the famously scenic Tillamook Head. This area was originally discovered in 1806 when William Clark and other members of the Corps of Discovery traveled through the area in search of a beached whale and saw burial canoes of the Tillamook, a local Native American tribe. Ecola State Park is included as part of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
Also within the park is an archaeological site, Bald Site Point, which dates to around 1550 CE. A lot of information about the Tillamook has been ascertained from this site.
Nearly 8 miles of gorgeous Oregon coastline are included in the park, providing excellent views and unforgettable hikes. Scenes from several movies have been filmed at Indian Beach and other park locations.
Hug Point State Recreation Site is a free state park open to the public, located just 5 miles south of Cannon Beach along Route 101 in Arch Cape, Oregon. Popular activities include beach fishing, picnicking, and walking along the Pacific Ocean.
This beautiful cape owes its name to the 19th Century stagecoach highway that “had to hug” this point at low tide.