Shortly before my husband and I were married, my soon-to-be in-laws gave us a National Parks Passport booklet. Much like when you travel to another country, its small spiral-bound blank pages collected unique ink stamps from each National Park. This marketing tool banked on the allure of gathering a “set” of something to generate additional National Park visits (and stops at the Visitor Center, in particular). This strategy certainly worked for my husband and me over two decades ago; we made sure to head indoors and obtain the emblem of each National Park we toured.
Similar to that prior collection compulsion, when I realized I had visited two of the Oregon coast’s three islets with the Haystack Rock moniker, I wanted to complete the series. If you also choose to add the full batch of Haystack Rocks in your collection of coastal sights, you’ll get to see much of the Oregon coast in the process; each Haystack Rock resides not only in the tidewaters of different cities, but also unique counties.
Below are some highlights on these noteworthy sea stacks, plus a link to the applicable 100 Steps walking location. You won’t get an ink stamp, but your personal photo album can be graced with images of the entire triad of Oregon coast Haystack Rocks.
- Coos County
- 105 feet tall
- not haystack shaped
- Tillamook County
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
- 327 feet tall
- keyhole on north face
- Clatsop County
Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site
- 235 feet tall
- tide pools and puffins