Explore Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Heceta Head Lighthouse & Beach, Florence, Oregon, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Fishing, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    150 Feet

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

Heceta Head features a beautiful beach teaming with photographic opportunities and the brightest lighthouse on the Oregon coast.

At the mouth of Cape Creek sits a beautiful cove with one of the best views in Oregon. Above the sandy beach and sea stacks, rises the Heceta Head Lighthouse, a 100-year-old+ structure that's been laboriously restored and kept in working condition. At night, this quiet piece of the Oregon coast gains a magical quality as the sound of distant crashing waves mixes with the sight of stars overhead and the steady movement of the lighthouse's beam.

While I enjoy this area most at night, day provides the best opportunities to enjoy the entire park. A picnic area sits near the parking area and fishing is available right from the beach. From the beach, you can observe seals and sea lions or wander in search of tidal pools and natural caves. A beautiful half mile walk through a coastal forest takes you to the lighthouse and keeper's house. The lighthouse tours are run year round:
June-September daily, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
March-May and October: Friday–Monday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
November-February: weather permitting

Parking is $5 or free with a valid state parks pass.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide-angle Lens
  • Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking or Beach shoes
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I've visited the lighthouse on multiple occasions but until recently not at night. Let me tell you, it was something to see with it's 8 individual beams projecting in a 360° rotation. On a good night the stars are clearly visible and if you time it right, when the moon is low, the Milky Way can been seen with the naked eye.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Jason Hatfield Explorer

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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