Only in Oregon - Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Only in Oregon

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast

One of my favorite places in all of Oregon is Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, north of Florence and near the Sea Lion Caves.  We'll frequently stop here with visitors and then have a picnic lunch in the day use park at the mouth of Cape Creek.  After lunch, we'll take the short hike up to Heceta Head Lighthouse for a tour.  Many people say that this is the most photographed lighthouse on the West Coast.

The old lighthouse keeper's home is now a bed and breakfast, complete with a ghost story of its own.  The open grassy area nearby is a popular place for weddings in the summer.

You can view more photos of things to do and see in Oregon on the Facebook page titled 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon.

Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Comment balloon 9 commentsRick Obst • April 17 2013 09:26PM


That's a spectacular panoramic scene.  The vivid yellow of the flowers in the foreground acts as a nice accent.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Rick,

I just read the ghost story of Rue. Very interesting and a lovely scenic picture. Thanks for sharing with us.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Myrl: The yellow flowers are only in bloom for a short time during the year, but they made a nice foreground to frame the picture with.  I still remember stopping at this spot on a drive from California to Washington many years ago, not knowing that I'd end up living in the same county as this place a few years later.

Kristin: Many bridal parties stay in the bed-and-breakfast during the summer in preparation for a wedding on the lawn overlooking the ocean.  It's good to know that the ghost is friendly and not malicious.  You'll have to visit and discover if the ghost is real for yourself.

Posted by Rick Obst over 5 years ago

I can see why you love it -- truly beautiful and thanks for sharing it!  Eric

Posted by Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®, Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC) over 5 years ago


I haven't heard about this place but if I had a magic lamp and a genie popped out, I think I'd make a wish to be there right now!

This is my kind of paradise! It's beautiful and I'm looking forward to reading more about the beautiful landscape Oregon has to offer.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 5 years ago

Rick, These have been some amazing photos of the Oregon Coast that you have shared with us.  It really is a gorgeous area! 

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 5 years ago

Eric: This is just one scenic spot of many along the Oregon Coast from the California border to the Washington state line.  I'm a Phoenix, AZ native who left the desert Southwest for the verdant Pacific Northwest.  I can't imagine living anywhere else now.

Patricia: No matter where I travel, I'm always happy to return to Eugene and Lane County.  The people are friendly and the geography is varied and visually pleasing.

Tony & Darcy: I'll be sharing photos and links from many places in Oregon in the weeks ahead.  Many will be of Eugene and Lane County, Oregon where I live and work.

Posted by Rick Obst over 5 years ago

Hi Rick,

Thank you for posting! I love the lighthouse, and have climbed up the hill a number of times. Too bad the photo is so small of the lighthouse, it is really pretty quaint.

I will have to plan another trip out there soon. Thanks for sharing!  Lori Spohn Team

Posted by Lori & Steve Skinner over 5 years ago

I'll write a blog post about the Heceta Head Lighthouse itself and include a picture that shows the lighthouse itself.  The building is still undergoing renovation, so the picture will show the lighthouse before it got spruced up.  It shines the most powerful light on the entire Oregon Coast and I've climbed its steps many times to take the lighthouse tour.

Posted by Rick Obst over 5 years ago