Oregon Coast Beaches
Arcadia Beach: About 3 miles south of Cannon Beach, take a right off Highway 101. This lovely expanse of beach is a nice, quiet location on a busy day.
Crescent Beach: For the more adventurous, this beach lies off the beaten path. It is accessible at low tide, by walking around the point at North Beach, just below the Breaker’s Point condominiums, or test your endurance by accessing a trail from the Ecola State Park Road. You must walk up the road to access the trail, no parking is available on the road itself.
Haystack Rock: Rising 235 feet above sea level, this large monolithic basalt rock is flanked to the south by two tall, narrow rocks called the Needles. 10,000 years ago, Haystack Rock stretched into the sea as part of Tillamook Head and today’s remnants are the result of a 17 million year process. Haystack Rock is a protected sanctuary for birds and marine creatures. “The Rock” provides a breeding home for four species of sea birds — tufted puffins, pelagic cormorants, pigeon guillemots, and western gulls. Tide pools, or “Marine Gardens,” at The Rock’s base are federally protected and it is crucial for everyone to use awareness and caution while viewing or exploring this diverse and fragile ecosystem of rocky inter-tidal life. For further information on Haystack Rock, click here.
Hug Point Recreation Site: Ocean carved caves, a cascading waterfall, a man-made road around the point; these are just a few highlights of the Hug Point beaches. This area is known to be a very romantic beach to visit. Just 5 miles south of Cannon Beach.
Indian Beach: Located on the far north end of Cannon Beach, you will wind your way through thick forest and past Ecola State Park, to reach this beautiful cove beach. It is a popular place for surfers and kayakers. Well worth the 3 – 4 miles drive from the base of the park.
Sunset Beach: Sunset Beach State Recreation Site marks the west trailhead of the historic Fort-to-Sea Trail – a 6.5 mile route that recreates the experience Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery encountered as they traveled between Fort Clatsop and the Pacific Ocean during the famous winter of 1805-6. Sunset Beach provides visitors with direct access to the Pacific Ocean with expansive views from Cape Disappointment to the north and Ecola State Park to the south.
Tolovana Beach & Wayside: 1 mile south of Cannon Beach downtown area. Park in a large parking lot, and north to Haystack Rock, or south to Silver Point.