Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

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Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Oregon

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Overview

Heceta Head State Park (which includes Devils Elbow State Park) is located in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek. There are picnic tables sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. A short trail leads to the historic Heceta Head lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's house. A recently-completed trail gives you a spectacular view of the coast north to Cape Perpetua. Heceta Head trail is part of a 7-mile network. Trails varying difficulty feature beach and wildlife viewing areas. Wildlife refuge islands feature a view of puffins, cormorants, gulls, and other bird nesting areas. Sea lions and whales can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse. On the west side of 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, 205 feet above the ocean, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the coast. The light at top of 56-foot tower was illuminated in 1894; the automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast. The historic assistant lighthouse keeper's house (Heceta House; built 1893) offers bed and breakfast rentals and facilities for group events. Common murres, which lay their eggs on the bare rocks, can be easily seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans commonly fly by, as do bald eagles. Migrating gray whales can be seen as they travel to and from Alaska and Baja California. May is a great time to look right down on the migrating mothers and calves as they travel close to shore. There are natural caves, tidepools, a sandy beach for building sandcastles, and good conditions for surfing. There are plenty of picnic tables for groups and areas to set up volleyball nets.

Map of Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.136505, -124.121976

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Activities

  • Hiking

    A short trail leads to the historic Heceta Head lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's house. A recently-completed trail gives you a spectacular view of the coast north to Cape Perpetua. Heceta Head trail is part of a 7-mile network. Trails of varying difficulty feature beach and wildlife viewing areas. Wildlife refuge islands feature a view of puffins, cormorants, gulls, and other bird nesting areas. Sea lions and whales can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse.

  • Historic Sites

    On the west side of 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, 205 feet above the ocean, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the coast. The light at top of 56-foot tower was illuminated in 1894; the automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast. The historic assistant lighthouse keeper's house (Heceta House; built 1893) offers bed and breakfast rentals and facilities for group events.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic tables sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. Sea lions and whales can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse.

Seasonality/Weather

The Lighthouse is Open year-round. Tours of the Heceta Head Lighthouse are available with schedules varying by season: May: Daily, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. June-September: Daily, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. March-April, and October: Daily, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov.-Feb:Friday-Tuesday (weather permitting), 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Special tours and group visits can be arranged all year. Call 541-547-3416.

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Heceta Head Lighthouse- Bed and Breakfast

The Heceta Head Lighthouse and Light Keeper's house are circa 1894. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lighthouse is a working lighthouse. From a height of 205 feet above the ocean, its "first order" Fresnel lens, casts it's beams some 21 miles out to sea. It is the brightest light on the Oregon coast. It is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. The Heceta Head Keeper's House is perched on a cliff with a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and the beach below. Paths from the Keeper's House lead both to the beach and to the lighthouse.

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Directions

Driving

US 101, 13 miles north of Florence.

Phone Numbers

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(800) 551-6949

Campground reservations

(541) 547-3696

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