Hwy 126 takes you to Florence on the coast highway, turn right (north) about 17 miles to lighthouse. You can't miss it. In fact, you'll go by a turnout before you get there that will give you the vantage point that offers the most photographed view of the the lighthouse.
From the airport, go south on the main highway (#99) to the Beltline (you'll see a big Jerry's Hardware, the overpass and there's a stop light). Beltline West will take you right to #126 (11th Street), where you turn right.
It's a little under 60 miles to the coast. Allow about an hour to and hour and 20 minutes (maybe a few more from the airport).
While you're in the area, be sure to visit Cape Perpetua, Yachats and Florence's Old Town. Also stop at the Darlingtonia Botanic Garden (cobra lillies) on the coast highway on the north side of Florence. It'll only take you 10 minutes and it's worthwhile.
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Hi Diana ~ The Heceta Head lighthouse is about 15 miles north of Florence. There is only one road through here -- Hwy 101. Once you arrive in Florence from Eugene, you would turn north on 101to the lighthouse. To get back to Florence, you simply go south on 101. The 15 miles will take about 20-25 minutes.
I notice your title is "Eugene to Yachats". Are you staying in or visiting Yachats, also?
Thank you for the info! We're flying into Eugene. And I mentioned Yachats due to the Lighthouse (maybe I should have said Florence) so we basically want to check out the Lighthouse and possibly a covered bridge. We don't plan on staying in Yachats. But, would like to stay in Florence our first night and possibly our 2nd night.
www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/index.cfm "Lane county"
Wildcat Creek (Austa) Bridge -
The Wildcat Bridge is located on a small winding road a short distance from Highway 126.
From the bridge site where Wildcat Creek flows into the Siuslaw River, Stagecoach Road hugs the hillside until it drops into the narrow plain at Swisshome.
Stagecoach Road was the original road to the coast, but was bypassed after the Linslaw Tunnel and Mapleton Bridge were built in the 1930s.
The nearby Austa boat ramp provides access to the river for fishermen on the Siuslaw River.
The bridge was closed for repairs several times in the 1980s and in the autumn of 2000, when the structure was strengthened.
HOW TO GET THERE: Travel 33 miles west of Eugene on Oregon Highway 126 to Whitaker Creek /Clay Creek Recreation Area turnoff. Exit the highway on the south side and follow the road back under the highway and railroad tracks (north) a short distance to the bridge.
If you would like ocean front lodging in Florence, there is only one choice. There are a couple of additional places with river front and river view lodging. Florence is tucked behind the sand dunes with Old Town along the Siuslaw River.
Yes, on Hwy 101 from the south, go across the Yachats River, and the 2nd road (I think) to the right will be Yachats River Road. Just follow it about 7 miles to North Yachats River Road, and turn left (north) there. The road will be gravel for about 1.5 miles, and will take you right to it.
When you come back, at the intersection(s) and back on pavement, follow signs to Cape Perpetua and you will wind up to the top, where there is a park and lookout, then you can come down on the ocean side south of Yachats. The road is all paved, and a very nice drive on a sunny day.
Whoops, now that I wrote that, I'm not sure if the road is paved the whole way to the top of Cape Perpetua the back way. But if gravel it will be good and fairly smooth.
Coming from the Eugene Airport, what comes first, the covered bridge or Heceta lighthouse? I'm trying to obtain step by step directions from the airport. Thank you so much!