Cannon Beach has received many awards as best small beach town to best romantic getaway. And of course, off leash dogs who are well behaved and have good recall are allowed anytime on the beaches. Many come here to see Haystack Rock (aka Goonies Rock – yes, from the movie), an amazing coastline, tidepools, birds, and wildlife.
If your dog loves to explore, he’ll love exploring some of the tidepools along the beach. The area is also great for bird watching. You’ll see puffins, murres, pelicans, and eagles. Many birds use the large rock formations for their nesting grounds. Other common wildlife seen are elk, seals and sea lions.
A map of the entire area is provided by City of Cannon Beach. They also have a map for parking lots in the area.
There are actually several beaches that you may go to:
1. Haystack Rock & The Needles – Haystack Rock is a popular rock formation (aka Goonies Rock) that’s 235 feet. Come here to see puffins and tidepools. The Needles, two rocky spires, sits just south of Haystack Rock. Both are visible off the Oregon coast. To get here, park at the public parking lot off Gower Street or within Haystack Hill State Park at 1847 Haystack Ln, Cannon Beach, OR 97110. According to the Cannon Beach Bible Church website (http://www.cbbc.us/) there is a viewing platform in Haystack Hill State Park. You’ll have to find the undeveloped trail and viewing platform off S. Spruce Street after parking at the Cannon Beach Bible Church parking lot. Another option is to park at Tolovana State Park. Haystack Rock is located at GPS Coordinates 45.884571, -123.968480 Map.
2. Chapman Point & Bird Rocks – Chapman Point and Bird Rocks is located at the northern end of Cannon Beach. If you are a bird watcher, this is the place to go. You’ll have to bring your binoculars to see the birds up close. You’ll see GPS Coordinates 45.909131, -123.968469 Map.
3. Tolovana State Park to Silver Point – Tolovana State Park is towards the southern section of Cannon Beach. You’ll be able to see tidepools here at low tide. The park is located at W Warren Way, Tolovana Park, OR 97145. Silver Point is a 1 mile walk south of the park.
Besides hiking along the beach, or going through the undeveloped hiking trails at Haystack Hill State Park, you can also go to the Cannon Beach Nature Trail. Just park off E 2nd Street. GPS Coordinates 45.898239, -123.956486 Map. A map of the trail is available from the City of Cannon Beach website. Dogs must be on leash. There are more hiking options around Cannon Beach in Ecola State Park (north) or Oswald West State Park (south).
For July 4th, many come here for fireworks-free festivities. You can also see or enter your dog in the Dog Show On The Beach in October. Visit the Cannon Beach website at www.cannonbeach.org for more information.
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Location: Jekyll Island | Georgia
Activities: Beach, Walking, Hiking, Tidepool, Sightseeing, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Off Leash