The Seven Wonders of Cannon Beach
Published: 01/25/2014 Updated: 08/14/2019
Photo by Gary Hayes
A popular tourist destination, the monolithic Haystack Rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot at low tide.
Haystack Rock is one of Oregon's most recognizable landmarks, home to colorful tidepools and diverse bird life. It rises 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline. At low tide, you can walk right up to it and find colorful sea stars and other fascinating tidepool creatures in its intertidal area. Puffins can be observed on Haystack Rock from early spring to mid-summer, offering the most accessible viewing of Tufted Puffins in the Northwest. Many other varieties of birds can also be seen, making it a great bird watching location year-round. It's part of the Oregon Coast's geological history, formed millions of years ago by lava flows that created many of the dramatic capes and headlands on the Oregon Coast. Haystack Rock is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and is a State protected marine environment.