Cannon Beach is recognized by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock
, located to the southwest of downtown Cannon Beach, near Tolovana Park
. This igneous rock
has an elevation of 235 feet, and is often accessible at low tide
, especially in the summertime. There is a small cave system that penetrates the rock and can be seen from the coastline. The rock is also protected as a marine sanctuary
, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge
and events are not allowed within 100 feet of either side of the rock. Near Haystack Rock are the Needles, two tall rocks rising straight out of the water.