Heceta Head Lighthouse, Florence

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Projecting the strongest light on the Oregon coast, Heceta Head Lighthouse is part of a state park. Perched on a small peninsula with boulders that act as natural wave breakers, the lighthouse is a beacon for many seafarers. From the building's deck, you can see land that is thick with fir trees, making a striking contrast with the deep blue water. Tours begin on the first floor of the keeper's quarters and end on the deck of the lighthouse. Tours are free, donations are welcome, and parking requires a per-vehicle fee. Consider taking an extra day to tour the area so you can stay a night at the inn inside the keeper's quarters. Take a look at our Florence tour itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Heceta Head Lighthouse and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Heading north from Florence, you pass through a tunnel, unto a historic bridge. down to the left is a small beautiful secluded inlet. Up forward to the left is a fantastic view of the light house. The...  more »
  • Nice, short hike, beautiful lighthouse, wonderful volunteer working there at the time of our visit. Recommend the stop.  more »
  • The walk to the light house is gorgeous. Stop and take a look at the cutouts from the trail. Cliffs and waterfalls into a cove. then you come onto the lighthouse at the level of the light! If you ever...  more »
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  • A fantastic stop! Take your time and walk around the beach as well as the short hike up to the lighthouse. The park guides and volunteers are helpful and super knowledgeable. Don't hesitate to strike up a conversation with them.
  • I have seen pictures of this light all my life, but living in the east I wasn't sure if I'd ever get the chance to visit. My son and I recently took a roadtrip from Seattle to WV and this was a must stop. I assumed from all the pictures I'd seen that the parking would be level with the lighthouse. That is not the case. The parking area is roughly near sea level and the light is about 200 feet up the headland. There is a an asphalt walking path up to the light. You can't really see the lighthouse from the parking level, only the keeper's house. There is a great view of the light just south at a pulloff on US 101.
  • Definitely pretty. I was not able to tour it, but better planning next time. It is a little walk - I only note that if it is a problem.
  • Beautiful lighthouse, especially at sunset. Definitely try the little hike behind the lighthouse. It offers wonderful views.
  • Absolutely beautiful and historical as well. Good for a day hike and destination, plus you can take the tour of the actual lighthouse during certain hours. The tour cost a small sum, but the hike around the bay is free.

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