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Oregon State Parks

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Willamette Valley Region
Devils Elbow State Park
Devils Elbow State Park Rise above © Damon Edwards
At dawn, the massive rocks nested below the 1000 high cliffs of Heceta Head give rise out of the Pacific Ocean. Located in a cove at Devils Elbow State Park near Florence, OR the rocks are home to the Common Guillemot, as they provide a safe nesting location.
Devils Elbow State Park Get back © John Wettengel
Back off Jack
Devils Elbow State Park Looking out from Heceta Head Lighthouse © John Wettengel
Looking south, from Heceta Head Lighthouse
Devils Elbow State Park Devils Elbow State park © John Wettengel
Hang out on the beach
Devils Elbow State Park © Becky Lowe
Devils Elbow State Park © Becky Lowe
Devils Elbow State Park © Becky Lowe
Heceta Head State Park (which includes Devils Elbow State Park) is located in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek. There are picnic tables sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. A short trail leads to the historic Heceta Head lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's house. A recently-completed trail gives you a spectacular view of the coast north to Cape Perpetua.

Heceta Head trail is part of a 7-mile network. Trails of varying difficulty feature beach and wildlife viewing areas. Wildlife refuge islands feature a view of puffins, cormorants, gulls, and other bird nesting areas. Sea lions and whales can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse.

On the west side of 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, 205 feet above the ocean, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the coast. The light at top of 56-foot tower was illuminated in 1894; the automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast. The historic assistant lighthouse keeper?s house (Heceta House; built 1893) offers bed and breakfast rentals and facilities for group events; call (541) 547-3696 for info.
Nature of the Area
Common murres, which lay their eggs on the bare rocks, can be easily seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans commonly fly by, as do bald eagles. Migrating gray whales can be seen as they travel to and from Alaska and Baja California. May is a great time to look right down on the migrating mothers and calves as they travel close to shore.
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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 16 So divine
It is so beautiful there be aware do not faint about it
December 16 Lighthouse still open by Park host
The park and lighthouse are still open for tours. Fabulous.
August 26 Park temporarily closed
This park will be closed from August 15 to about Sept 30 due to renovations
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Area Campgrounds
Pacific Pines RV Park & Storage
4044 Highway 101
Florence, OR
Port of Siuslaw RV Park & Marina
100 Harbor Street
Florence, OR
Sea Perch RV Resort
95480 Highway 101
Yachats, OR
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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51 miles from park*


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