Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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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  • aschoono
    DeWitt, Michigan675 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Views
    We were visiting Portland and decided to make a drive to the coast. We ended up in Cannon Beach and wanted to see the Haystack Rock. Parking was hard to come by so we ended up parking at Tolovana Beach State Park and it was only a short walk to the Haystack Rock. It was beautiful to see.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Ellen28
    New York City, New York1,123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surreal during negative tide
    I loved this place. So awesome . Not all low tides are the same. Ask a ranger about the negative tide so you can see the rock most exposed. Totally gorgeous. They’ll tell you not to step on the rocks and of course, don’t touch the habitat. (Shockingly hard for some folks). Lots of birds nesting on top too. This is a must.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 June 2023
  • IrishRover
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania3,075 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list destination
    We stopped for the day to explore in and around Cannon Beach with this being our main reason. It truly is mesmerizing. Sunset is the time to be as the mist and sun create such a great moment. It is truly a special place
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Rob121618
    West Malling, United Kingdom518 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing geology!
    We could see the tip of the rock from our hotel room…so that was great. Seeing it from the beach is amazing. Watching the sunset from the beach with Haystack rock in your photos is quite something. The rock dominates this part of the coastline…definitely worth visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finding parking is difficult
    If you are not staying at one of the fancy hotels along the beach, be sure to park your car at the nearest public parking lot since there are virtually no street parking. Google maps will not indicate the parking lot, rather a lookout. Be sure to park at the public parking lot and walk a bit, especially if you are here to catch a sunset.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,807 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a rock
    It’s an accessible, millions years old, 235 foot tall rock in the Pacific Ocean! And it’s right at the edge of water on the beautiful Cannon Beach. It’s a bird sanctuary and an environmental wonder. But, forget all that, it’s just an amazing sight to behold. The surf, the sunlight, the long flat beach, the reflections, the crashing waves, the mist and all the different angles make this a beautiful spot for amateur photographers like myself. It’s one of those places, that when you see it in real life, it’s just wow!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Chuck Y
    Surrey, Canada19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Scenery
    Beautiful scenery. My wife and I walked the long beaches a couple of hours at a time. The towns of Cannon Beach and Seaside are full of food establishments & pubs. We camped in an RV Park. It was very windy one night with wind gusts up to 72 km / hr. The last week of Sept was a rainy week when we went. There's various hikes and some kayaking that can be done. If you're into the outdoors, this is a visit worth making.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 October 2023
  • craig1086
    Atlanta, Georgia1,797 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's A Decent Visit If You're Blessed With Great Weather
    We had pouring rain the day we drove out to Cannon Beach. While driving down the main street, you can't help but see Haystack Rock due to the majestic size of it. It's in between a couple of rock formations on the beach. The wind was howling, and it made the rain even colder, but we did see one group of people that were still walking the beach. The weather had the tide coming further up almost to the staircases that bring you down from the street above. There's plenty of marine life you can see without even walking out that far onto the beach. On a good weather day, I'm sure it's amazing. However, to me it's just a beach that you walk up and down, as there are so many rocks in the sand. Also, the ocean water was frigid. But I'll always remember the visit. There's a free public parking lot down by the coffee shops. It's a short stop because there's not much to do in the town.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach and rock
    Absolutely do come here to admire this natural wonder. Parking can be tricky and hard to find. Beach is wide and long and the Haystack rock looked amazing even in bad weather. You can walk all around during the low tide, approach the small pools and ask rangers whatever interests you.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 May 2024
  • Nikzleez
    Prince George, Virginia808 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket List!
    This was one of the highlights of my road trip one of my bucket lists items. It is as beautiful as the pictures and so many opportunities to get amazing shots. We went at sunset. I even saw a bald eagle thanks to a friendly bird enthusiast/photographer.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 June 2024
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Kate
North Dakota22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Loved this experience for me and my pup.

We met so many other dogs and folks simply enjoying the scenery.

We went around 10-11 and it was still super foggy (it may have just been a foggy day) but we still enjoyed ourselves.

We parked in the overflow parking which isn’t too bad of a walk to the beach.

I’d suggest parking and then walking the beach to get the full experience especially if you have a dog.

Lots and lots of people by 1 and 2 (when we were leaving) get there early to secure a parking spot or come later.
Written 20 June 2024
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Have Camera, Will Travel
South Bend, IN3,617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We were on the beach at low tide, which was both a plus and a minus. the plus is the tide pools of course. We could see starfish, some anemones, and lots of mussels. There were parks workers out explaining what we were looking at, which was nice since it kept people from touching everything. The tide pools were not as interesting as some we had seen, but they are always cool to see.

The minus is that it is actually a better picture if the rock looks like it is off shore. The Pacific City version is just amazing looking and it's a mile off shore. The beach itself was nice, fairly busy, and clean. We had a good walk around.
Written 19 June 2024
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Nikzleez
Prince George, VA808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This was one of the highlights of my road trip one of my bucket lists items. It is as beautiful as the pictures and so many opportunities to get amazing shots. We went at sunset. I even saw a bald eagle thanks to a friendly bird enthusiast/photographer.
Written 3 June 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Absolutely do come here to admire this natural wonder. Parking can be tricky and hard to find.
Beach is wide and long and the Haystack rock looked amazing even in bad weather.
You can walk all around during the low tide, approach the small pools and ask rangers whatever interests you.
Written 29 May 2024
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craig1086
Atlanta, GA1,797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had pouring rain the day we drove out to Cannon Beach. While driving down the main street, you can't help but see Haystack Rock due to the majestic size of it. It's in between a couple of rock formations on the beach. The wind was howling, and it made the rain even colder, but we did see one group of people that were still walking the beach. The weather had the tide coming further up almost to the staircases that bring you down from the street above. There's plenty of marine life you can see without even walking out that far onto the beach. On a good weather day, I'm sure it's amazing. However, to me it's just a beach that you walk up and down, as there are so many rocks in the sand. Also, the ocean water was frigid. But I'll always remember the visit. There's a free public parking lot down by the coffee shops. It's a short stop because there's not much to do in the town.
Written 9 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tansy2015
Michigan408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is such a great beach. Nice public parking area, with restrooms! Cute little shops and eateries in this mini downtown area.
Written 7 May 2024
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m347
California71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was great to see the tide pools at the base of Haystack Rock during low tide. Appreciate the staff overseeing the site and providing information about the tide pools and sea life there.
Written 26 April 2024
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dbeatty
Etna, WY112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Cannon Beach was supposed to be the highlight of my trip, but it turns out, it wasn't. It's hard to find parking close to Haystack Rock and it is located on a wide beach, so expect to walk a bit if you want to get to it. The day we went, at low tide, the park service had the majority of the area roped off because there are tide pools there. They didn't want people walking all over the rocks and damaging the sea life. There are tide pools all over the world that people investigate, so I'm torn about whether or not they should do that. It really detracted from the beauty of the rock. It's just another rock on the beach, imo. Other parts of the coast were more beautiful.
Written 25 April 2024
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tandmgroup
Corpus Christi, TX228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Highly recommend a quick stop, easy walk to the beach to go down to the ocean and look at the huge majestic rock!
Written 19 November 2023
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Chuck Y
Surrey, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Beautiful scenery. My wife and I walked the long beaches a couple of hours at a time. The towns of Cannon Beach and Seaside are full of food establishments & pubs. We camped in an RV Park. It was very windy one night with wind gusts up to 72 km / hr. The last week of Sept was a rainy week when we went. There's various hikes and some kayaking that can be done. If you're into the outdoors, this is a visit worth making.
Written 2 October 2023
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