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If you've ever seen a picture of Cannon Beach, it has probably included Haystack Rock, one of the most photographed landmarks on the Oregon coast. Towering 235 ft. above the sand, Haystack Rock is usually referred to as the third-tallest such "intertidal" (meaning it can be reached by land) free-standing rock in the world.
The Cannon Beach Haystack Rock is not to be confused with the "other" Haystack Rock located about 75 miles south in Pacific City, which is actually about 100 feet taller. However, it is slightly offshore and cannot be reached via land. For an interesting article about both Haystack Rocks... http://www.beachconnection.net/news/r...
The Western Gull, Tufted Puffin, and Cormorant are three of the bird species that claim this rock as home. At low tide, pools around the base of the rock teem with various marine life. The abundance of bird and marine species resulted in Haystack Rock being designated a National Wildlife Refuge and Marine Garden in 1990. Visitors should heed the signs to not climb on the rock. No one is allowed to remove or disturb any of the creatures found within 300 yards of the Rock. This also protects the nesting birds in the area.
During morning low tides in summer months, volunteers provide bird-spotting scopes and portable aquariums to conduct informational programs for visitors .