Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Pacific Northwest. This massive monolith stands at an impressive 235 feet tall, and it's surrounded by a stretch of sandy beach that's perfect for walking, sunbathing, and enjoying the stunning views of the coast. One of the most interesting facts about Haystack Rock is that it was formed millions of years ago from lava flows that hardened and eroded over time. The rock is a popular spot for bird watchers, as it's home to many species of seabirds, including puffins, cormorants, and seagulls. Visitors can also spot tide pools filled with starfish, anemones, and other sea creatures at low tide.
The rock is an important cultural and spiritual symbol for the local Native American tribes, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. They believe that the rock is a sacred place where spirits dwell, and they continue to hold traditional ceremonies and gatherings on the beach. Access to the rock is limited, as it's a protected marine sanctuary. Visitors are not allowed to climb on the rock or disturb the wildlife in any way. However, guided tours are available, and visitors can also explore the tide pools in the surrounding area. The beach is also a popular spot for surfing, and there are several shops in the town of Cannon Beach that offer rentals and lessons.
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