Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach is one of the most recognizable and popular attractions on the Oregon coast. Its intertidal area is one of seven Oregon Sea Gardens, a designation indicating its status as a protected area. Above the high tide line, Haystack Rock is protected as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which provides habitat and viewing for a wide range of seabirds, including the most accessible colony of tufted puffins in the northwest. Haystack Rock’s tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfish, anemones, crabs, chitons, limpets, and nudibranchs. The most colorful and visible creatures are the starfish exposed at low tide and the giant green anemones just below the surface of the water. Its protected status requires that no animals or material be removed within 300 yards of Haystack Rock, and climbing above the barnacle line is strictly prohibited to avoid disturbing marine life and nesting birds. Visitors are encouraged to responsibly explore this outstanding natural area, walking only on bare sand and rock to avoid destroying marine life that can take years to recover and preserve this unique natural area for all to enjoy. It’s best to plan your visit to Haystack Rock an hour or more before low tide. Always practice beach safety when exploring the intertidal zone, be aware of the waves and never turn your back on the ocean.
Haystack Rock is located directly in the center of Cannon Beach, so you’ll have to use the parking beachgoers use. If you do not finding parking here, you may need to use public parking. The closest lot is located at the intersection of Hemlock and Gower streets.