Local Beach Favorites

Haystack Rock

Website: www.cannon-beach.net/cbhaystack.html


Cannon Beach's most famous attraction. This mammoth basalt formation, towers 235 above the shore and is the third largest monolith in the world. When the tide rescinds, it exposes a wonderland of tidal pools and sea-life. The rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer. Haystack Rock is protect under fish and wildlife regulations as a marine garden and a seabird nesting refuge. To learn more visit with one of the volunteers from the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

Indian Beach

Website: www.oregonstateparks.org/park_188.php

Located three miles north of Cannon Beach in Ecola State Park, Indian Beach is a local favorite for surfers and kayakers. Explore the tide pools and rock formations at the south end of Indian Beach at low tide. This is a great place for a family picnic or just a stroll in the sand.

Crescent Beach

Located north of Chapman Point in Cannon Beach, this secluded beach lies off the beaten path and contains some of the best tide pools in the area. It is accessible at low tide, by walking around the point at Chapman Point. There is also a challenging trail access from the Ecola State Park Road but you must walk up the road to access the trail, no parking is available on the road itself.

Hug Point

Website: www.oregonstateparks.org/park_191.php

Located five miles south of Cannon Beach on 101, this wayside is a favorite place to explore at low tide. From the parking lot, travel north to view amazing caves, cascading waterfalls, and the original trail carved into the point by stagecoaches. Be cautious of the tide, it is possible to become stranded at high tide when exploring the point.

Short Sands

Website: www.oregonstateparks.org/park_195.php

Located ten miles south of Cannon Beach in Oswald West State Park, this beach has some of the most spectacular views on the coast. Soak in the scenery along the half-mile paved path through old growth forest to this southwest facing beach.

Arcadia Beach

Website: www.oregonstateparks.org/park_187.php

Located three miles south of Cannon Beach on 101, enjoy this sandy ocean beach just steps from the highway.