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Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

  COVID-19 Alert 05/15/20
Park is open to limited daytime use. Lighthouse is closed. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Facilities may close without notice.
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Major Features & Activities

Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Pit Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Day-Use Fee
  • Fishing

COVID-19 UPDATE: Park is open to limited daytime use. Lighthouse is closed. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Facilities may close without notice.

Named for its crowning feature, the iconic Heceta Head Lighthouse, this park also features an historic bed and breakfast, a sheltered beach and picnic area, and a challenging, scenic hike along a section of the Oregon Coast Trail. 

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Perched atop 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the coast. The light atop the 56-foot tower was first illuminated in 1894. Its automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast.
 
A half-mile trail to the lighthouse begins in the parking area and passes the lightkeeper’s house on its way up to the lighthouse and viewpoint.

Lighthouse Tours

Join a park ranger for a lighthouse tour from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the summer and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the winter, weather and staff permitting. No reservations are available for general public programs. School and tour groups may schedule ahead by e-mail to heceta.h.lighthouse@oregon.gov.

Tours include the outdoor area around the base of the lighthouse and the ground floor of the tower. Upper levels are closed to the public. The trail just before the lighthouse will take you to a viewpoint of the lens.

Heceta Lighthouse B&B

Built in 1893, the assistant lightkeeper's house is one of the last remaining on the Pacific Coast. Visitors can book a room with ocean views and imagine the life of a lightkeeper. The inn is operated by a concessionaire of the U.S. Forest Service. For reservations, call 866-547-3696 or go to hecetalighthouse.com.

Hiking and Wildlife

The lighthouse viewpoint is among the best on the coast for spotting whales during the winter and spring migration, as well as sea lions and many species of birds. Common murres lay their eggs on the rocks below the viewpoint railing. The park and surrounding ocean are part of Oregon’s largest marine reserve, the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.

The Heceta Lighthouse Trail continues behind the lighthouse and descends steeply on its way to Washburne campground and the beach. This 7-mile, forested trail network is part of the Oregon Coast Trail. Hikers are rewarded with ocean views and the chance to see Roosevelt elk, marbled murrelets and other wildlife.