Located on a gorgeous Oregon coast bluff, Heceta Head Lighthouse rises 205 above sea level. It is a popular Oregon destination, only 13 miles north of Florence, and considered one of the most picturesque lighthouses in Oregon. The tower itself is 56 feet tall, and has been lighting up the night skies for over 115 years. A gift shop and hiking trails are part of the Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint, and it's a popular site for weddings and picnics.
Comfort Inn Florence -
A little south of Heceta Head Lighthouse, Comfort Inn Florence offers guests a comfortable, warm lodging close to activities, shopping, and dining in coastal Oregon. Hotel room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and wired Internet access, premium cable television channels, microwave ovens, refrigerators, and complimentary local phone calls. All guests are welcome to a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning of their stay with us. Menu items include waffles, yogurt, cereals, muffins, fresh fruit, hot coffee, tea, milk, and fruit juices.
Heceta Head Lighthouse became a part of the Oregon State Parks after the Coast Guard agreed to cover its upkeep. That includes a recent $1.3 million renovation, which will keep the Heceta Head Lighthouse closed until August 2013. In the meantime, visitors are still welcome to visit the Park, including the trails, parking lot, and oil house. Picnic tables, surfing, sandcastle building, tidepooling, cave exploring, and beach volleyball are all popular activities in the Park.
Heceta Head Lighthouse History -
Named for a Spanish naval officer of the late 1700s, Don Bruno Heceta, Heceta Head Lighthouse was constructed beginning in 1892. The stones of the base come from the Clackamas River, and the lumber used was also local, although the masonry materials were from San Francisco, California, and the lens came from England. It was first lit in 1894, and can be seen 21 miles out from the shore by ships at sea.
Heceta Head Lighthouse Trails -
The park of Heceta Head Lighthouse is in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek. There are incredible views of the Oregon coastline all the way to Cape Perpetua. Hikers can explore 7 miles of trails, which are varied in difficulty and terrain, including a path down to the beach and ones that allow explorers to view nesting areas of gulls, puffins, common murres, and cormorants. During the migration season, gray whales are visible from the bluff. When the Lighthouse reopens in 2013, visitors will be able to take tours of the building.
Heceta Head Lighthouse Events -
Some of the staff housing of Heceta Head Lighthouse is now the Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast. This is a popular spot for weddings and special events such as landmark birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, and holiday festivities. There is also a charming gift shop with lighthouse themed jewelry, ornaments, and knick knacks. An interpretive center gives docent lead tours in the summer months, and is located in the Keeper's House.