Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint is a fantastic place to visit, well worth the $5 parking fee for the day.  It's near milepost 178 on US 101, between Yachats and Florence in Oregon. It features a historic lighthouse still in operation on a rugged rocky headland, a beach in a dramatic ocean cove with views of sea stacks and vintage Cape Creek Bridge, paved parking, and pit toilets.  From the parking lot, the half-mile walk up to the lighthouse is well worth it, for the lighthouse views but also for the parnoramic view of the ocean, sea stacks, cove, and the rocky headlands across the cove to the south.  A scenic, strenuous 1.3-mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail climbs from the lighthouse over the old-growth forested ridge of Heceta Head and drops down to the Hobbit Trailhead; from there, another half-mile of the trail leads to Hobbit Beach.

Heceta Head is a gem of the Oregon State Parks system, well worth the drive and the fee.  It has been assigned #94 in Oregon's system of numbered beach access points.

Begun 2021.