The Oregon Coastline is well-known for its scenic beauty. Perhaps one of the most beautiful features of the region its effervescent tide pools. The glittering, rocky coastal shore, glistening water and surrounding wildlife make for an interesting and exciting spot to explore and learn more about marine life. Here are a few of our favorite spots to check out the tide pools in Oregon.
Lined with a number of pools throughout the area, this beautiful location is best visited at low tide. There is often a wide array of starfish attached to the rocky terrane that is exposed at when the tide is out. It is highly suggested that visitors educate themselves regarding the timing of tides in the area as it can be bit scary if the tides roll in unexpectedly.
Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock is a dedicated Marine Garden located at Cannon Beach. The Rock reaches approximately 235 feet out of the sand when the tides are low. The area that surrounds it, as well as the rock itself, is surrounded by and covered with sea life. It is important when visiting this site that guests are careful not to crush any of the delicate lifeforms who call the spot home. For those who are bird lovers, there is a large variety of birds that call this area home, including tufted puffins and cormorants.
Hug Point/Hug Point State Recreation Site at Cannon Beach
If you are already at Cannon Beach you can head on over to Hug Point to check out their unique tide pools, sea caves, and waterfalls. In addition to the tide pools, there is a recreational site located nearby. Here guests have access to forested picnic areas, restroom facilities, and access to a sandy cove beach.
This beautiful beach is perfect for beachcombing and exploring tide pools. Easily reached via Highway 101, the spot is a mere 50 miles north of California and offers peaceful views of the ocean and rugged beauty. The tide pools here are considered to be some of the best on the Coast. The dramatic shoreline here is dotted with incredible sea stacks that rise high about the colorful sea life that dwells within the tide pools.