The lighthouse opens on Memorial Day and closes on Labor Day so we weren't able to go inside. The keeper's house is open year round and is a bed and breakfast. Rooms start at $150. per night. It's a good idea to make reservations in advance. It's a beautiful big house with luxurious rooms with a great view of the sea. It would be exciting to see the light lit at night. There is a gift shop in the keeper's house.
Once you leave the scenic overlook go north on US 101. Go through the tunnel and over the bridge. The turn for Heceta Head Lighthouse Park is on the left not too far after the bridge. The park is a great way to enjoy the day when you're out in the area and it is also necessary to park there and climb the trail leading to the lighthouse if your intending to go to see it or stay in the keeper's house.
In the park right next to the ocean there is a nice beach. Driftwood is everywhere. I noticed a park ranger putting out a campfire made from driftwood. Someone had started it illegally. Forest fires were a real hazard at that time. I asked her if picking up driftwood and taking it home was allowed. She said it was but you have to be able to carry it. You can't use heavy equipment to pick it up. Some of the driftwood is exceptionally pretty because it's twisted and gnarled.
In this park there are picnic tables and public restrooms. Some people were out in the ocean surfing.
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August 6, 2008
by Mary Dickinson
October 21, 2003
From journal More Oregon Lighthouses and Attractions
May 16, 2003
From journal Oregon's Best
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
August 28, 2001
Tours are conducted hourly and that's the only way you can go inside the lighthouse.
This is quite a popular place and it's hard to get a picture without lots of people around. It's located just off Hwy. 101, above the parking lot at Devil's Elbow State Park where there is a long sandy crescent shaped beach, picnic tables, public bathrooms and lots of hiking trails through the woods. There is a day use fee of $3.00 at the Park.
Until the coast highway was built in the 1930s, this place was pretty hard to access. Nowadays, the walk from the parking lot uphill to the lighthouse takes about 10 minutes but isn't a strenuous climb. It's quite pleasant as you walk through the woods and you have wonderful views of the beach below and the suspension bridge along the highway.
Part way from the parking lot, you'll pass the original lighthouse keeper's cottage which has now been turned into a B&B that is an extremely popular place to stay. Just past the B&B, there is a separate store selling lighthouse memorabilia and other souvenirs. Also, at the lighthouse, you can buy buttons and fridge magnets for a small donation that goes toward the lighthouse's upkeep.
If you only have time for one lighthouse, this is the one to visit.
From journal Lighting Up the Coast
New York, New York
January 29, 2001
From journal Route 101 from Astoria to Sunset Bay
Grants Pass, Oregon
September 24, 2000
From journal "Beautiful Oregon Coast"