Friday, July 3, 2015

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Heceta Head Light Keeper's House

Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) Forest

Heceta Head Lighthouse.  All photos taken in April 2014

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint can be found on the Oregon Coast north of Florence, OR.  It is right off the US 101.  The beach, sea stacks, headlands & forest are actually more spectacular than the lighthouse.  This is an excellent place to walk on the beach in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek.  There are natural caves & tide pools.  Native plants grow lushly all along the beach & up into the headlands.  The short trail to the lighthouse passes through a dense forest of Picea sitchensis (Sitka Spruce) filled with wildflowers in April.  The views from the lighthouse are stunning.  Picnic tables & restrooms are available near the beach.  This one of the most scenic places to stop along the Oregon coast.