Cannon Beach Nature Trail - This is not a unknown, hidden getaway, but it is a pleasant way to walk from the north end of town to Haystack Hill State Park. This trail incorporates paved walkways, gravel trails, and walking on quiet residential streets. Signage along the way provides information about plants, animals and birds you may see.
North End - Watch The Sunset From Your Car - A wonderful spot where you can stay cozy in your car while you read a book, and wait for the sun to set.
North End - Sand Dunes - Find a comfortable spot in the grass and dunes. You'll be protected from the wind and enjoy the warmth of the sun.
James Madison City Park - An out-of-the-way, small city park in the quiet presidential area of residential streets. Enjoy time alone, or have a family picinic.
Haystack Hill State Park - A little-known state park completely within the Cannon Beach city limits. It is undeveloped, but there is a hiking trail and a viewing platform that provides an excellent overview of Haystack Rock.
Of course, there are times when you may not wish to avoid the crowds. There are reasons why people gather at certain places. If you want a spectacular sunset photo, then one location you may want to be at is on the beach near Haystack rock. End even if it is crowded, you can still get an outstanding photo.
The Super Unknown Hiking Trails
There are hiking trails in Cannon Beach that even most local people do not know about. These trails are closed to the public right now (fire hazard), but will be open again soon. We'll tell you how to find them and provide some pictures before the end of the year.
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