Are you planning a visit to the Oregon Coast? If so, one of the most instantly recognizable places that you should visit along the coast is Haystack Rock.
Located just outside of Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock has been an iconic attraction for generations as everyone from 18th Century mariners to casual sailors knows that when they see Haystack Rock, they’ve reached the Oregon Coast and are close to the Cannon Beach and all of the coastal communities.
About Haystack Rock
Above the high tide line, Haystack Rock is protected as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, providing habitat and viewing of a wide range of seabirds including the most accessible colony of Tufted Puffins in the Northwest. Haystack Rock’s tidepools are home to many intertidal animals, including sea stars, anemone, crabs, chitons, limpets, and nudibranchs. The most colorful and visible creatures are the sea stars that are exposed at low tide and the large green anemones just below the water surface. Its protected status requires that no creature or material be removed from 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 exceptional natural area, walking only on sand and bare rock to avoid destroying the sea life that can take years to recover and preserve this outstanding 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 tides and never turn your back on the ocean.
When Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Haystack Rock?
One of the best things about the Cannon Beach area is that you can literally visit Haystack Rock all year long because the area enjoys moderate temperatures, even during the winter months!
To learn more about Haystack Rock and the Cannon Beach area visit https://www.cannonbeach.org.