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Heceta Head Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: Beautiful and remote lighthouse.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

It is always cool to see these old faithful historical structures. Short walk. Great view of the ocean.

Thank Karen L
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

...especially one that is newly renovated and FANTASTIC??? We were fortunate enough to visit Oregon just weeks after the Heceta Head Lighthouse reopened after extensive renovations. We felt so fortunate. What a brilliant job they have done restoring the lighthouse to its original beauty.

When you arrive, you park in the Heceta Head beach parking lot. This was a busy 4th of July weekend, and we lucked out finding a parking spot as another family left. You hike up the hill, maybe about a half mile. About half way up the hill you arrive at the old lighthouse assistant keeper's home, which has been converted into a lovely Bed and Breakfast. We were only able to enter the yard and walk the house porch as non-guests, but that seems reasonable. The old house is in spectacular shape and would make for a lovely, romantic get-away. A bit further on is a gift store with a nice collection of memorabilia (yes, I bought a T-shirt!) and then the final up-hill walk is to the lighthouse itself. Volunteers offer a 15-minute tour, and our tour-guide was a fellow named Jim who, I believe, was from Arkansas, and did a SPECTACULAR job telling us all about the lighthouse's history, as well as information about the recent renovation. Only two groups are allowed into the lighthouse at a time..one is up at the top, the other is down below at ground level awaiting the group to come down, all while listening to the history of the lighthouse, which is very interesting.

Take the time while walking up the trail to enjoy the surrounding beauty...the beach below, the bridge designed by Conde Balcom McCullough, who built bridges all along the Oregon coast, the distant views of the lighthouse, the rocks filled with all manner of sea-birds and seals, etc. Take it all in, it is breathtaking!

The particulars:
You purchase an Oregon Parks day pass for $5. Reasonable enough for a parking fee.
The restrooms are outhouses, which serve the purpose. There may be flush toilets in another building, but that was not open the day we visited.
The hike up the hill is about 1/2 mile. Easy enough for those who enjoy good health, it could present a challenge to elderly with health concerns or in a wheelchair.
If busy, get a color tag from the volunteer to reserve your group's tour, and listen for your color to be called.
Donations are accepted/appreciated, and as a reward they will offer you a Heceta Head Lighthouse magnet. Cool!


1  Thank hugs4u
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

I loved the cool walk through the woods to the lighthouse, but the lighthouse was under renovation and not open when I visited. Beautiful Oregon coastline!

Thank Jill B
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Heceta Head is actually 3 sections - a nice beach, the old lighthouse keeper's home, and the lighthouse itself. To start, you need to park at the Heceta Head beach. The beach itself is nice and was busy with families. Facing the ocean, there is a trail to the right of the beach that leads uphill. Trail is not difficult. First stop on the trial is the old lightkeeper's house (now a B&B). Volunteers give brief (10 minute) tours ($1 suggested donation) on the history of the house. Walking further up the trail will take you to the actual lighthouse itself. The lighthouse was recently renovated. Again, volunteers were on-site for free tours (about 12-15 minutes). While tours were informative, the lighthouse could have used more things to read/see (old photos, items from the past, etc). Views from the lighthouse looking down onto the beach and coastline are great. While we were there 2 wildlife volunteers had set up high-powered viewing scopes next to the lighthouse that looked onto the sea lions and birds resting on the large rock near the lighthouse. Kids got to look through the viewing scopes and the volunteers taught them interesting facts about the sea lions and birds.

2  Thank DT861
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Have to buy an Oregon Parks day pass, but it was worth the $5.
Nice little beach, sea lions, lots of birds.

Thank trex1200r
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