The Heceta Head Beach is one of my favorite Oregon Coast beaches. It is actually part of the Heceta Head Lighthouse State Park. It costs $5 to park and enter but it is worth it to me. I go there so much I think I may get a State Park yearly pass just for this park. I love that the beach is more like a cove. It is actually located at the mouth of Cape Creek. You can picnic here, get in the water, walk on the sand, take beautiful pictures and just relax.
If you’re a little more adventurous and like to explore, like I do, you will want to see the Heceta Head Lighthouse. Of course the lighthouse is on top of a cliff which is an excellent viewpoint of the ocean. I have also seen Sea Lions and a whale from this point. The lighthouse is neat and there are volunteers who will give you a free tour between 11 am and 3pm. I must admit that I take the trail for the exercise and the view at the top.
The Heceta Head Trail is part of a 7 mile walk. The trail to the lighthouse is wheelchair accessible and very enjoyable for me. If you want to take a harder walking trail there are trails that go up into the woods. I am not that athletic so I don’t take those trails. I take the trail to the lighthouse and always stop along the way to take pictures. The nice thing about nature is that even if you have been to a place a million times, you never know when you might catch something new on camera. Sometimes the beach has a different look and feel on a rainy day. Sometimes a bird or squirrel runs across the path and I quickly try to get the picture. Sometimes there are flowers in bloom that I didn’t see before. If you get a chance be sure to visit Heceta Head Lighthouse State Park. This park is located a little bit outside of Florence, Oregon. Even the drive on a sunny day is beautiful.