You've seen Haystack Rock, now what?
Haystack Rock gets a lot of attention. And deservedly so. It’s a stunning and iconic work of nature. But there are plenty of other rock formations near Cannon Beach that are worth seeing.
When exploring these sites, please be respectful of both the environment and the local neighborhoods. The saying “Leave it better than you found it” is a good one to remember.
Check out these rocks the next time you’re on the North Oregon Coast or call us here at The Inn at Arch Cape, (503) 436-2082.
Castle Rock: An easy 10-minute stroll south on the beach from The Inn at Arch Cape, near the end of Arch Cape beach, Castle Rock sits about 100 yards offshore. Named for its resemblance to a castle turret, Castle Rock was formed millions of years ago by lava flows. Always a good spot for dramatic sunset pics.
Lion Rock: Easily accessible from the Arcadia Beach parking area, Lion Rock really comes to life during stormy weather as waves crash into it and swirl around it.
Gull Rocks: Just south of Arch Cape, on the southern side of the Arch Cape Tunnel, sits Cove Beach, a serene residential community. Gull Rocks can be seen from Clatsop Lane and Ray Brown Road. Take Hwy 101 to Cove Beach Road and drive toward the ocean.
Crab Rocks/The Three Graces: Head down to beautiful Tillamook Bay, about a mile north of Girabaldi, which is an easy (and scenic!) 30-minute drive from Arch Cape/Cannon Beach. These rocks are not only picturesque, but reveal wonderful tide pools at low tide.
Jockey Cap Rock: Accessible at low tide, Jockey Cap Rock (above) is about a 20-minute beach walk south from Tolovana State Park (southern end of Cannon Beach), near Silver Point, which features some wonderful tide pools.
Bird Rocks: One of the Oregon Coast’s most scenic state parks, Ecola State Park is loaded with exceptional rock formations, including Sea Lion Rock, Submarine Rock and of course, Bird Rocks (pictured above), which are at the southern end of the park, off Chapman Point, just north of Ecola Creek in Cannon Beach.
Twin Rocks: Drive about a half hour south on Hwy 101 from Arch Cape down to the beach community of Rockaway Beach. Near the south end of town, look for South Minnehaha Street and head west toward the ocean. From there, you’ll get a good look at these 90-foot-tall beauties (see pic below).