Between Cape Perpetua and Florence

OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Panorama of sea cliffs at Heceta Head from its beach; these are adjacent to the Heceta Head Lighthouse. [Ask for #276.501.]
Sea stacks at Heceta Head. [Ask for #276.501.]

Cape Perpetua and Points South

Sixteen miles of sea cliffs stretch southward from Cape Perpetua, starting at the small town (or large village) of Yachats (Yah-HAHTS) and ending nine miles north of Florence. Here the Coast Range plunges straight down into the Pacific, forming cliffs as much as eight hundred feet high. US 101 is cut into a shelf along the entire length, giving frequent stunning views. There are four major sections of these cliffs.
  • Cape Perpetua Proper. This National Scenic Area is the tallest and best developed of the four sections, with a visitors center, a drive to a mountain-top vista, and steps down the cliffs to the beaches.
  • Neptune CliffsThe next nine miles of cliffs consists of five state parks and several areas of private land. This stretch has shelves of sand beach below them, easily accessible from roadside parking lots. The state has built many overlooks here.
  • Heceta Head. This famous and popular spot features a lighthouse by a sand beach, hemmed in by shear cliffs.
  • Sea Lion Cliffs. This final section, 2.5 miles long, terminates at the northern end of the 55 mile long dune field, the Oregon Dunes. Florence is nine miles away. end.
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area, Cape Perpetua Overlook, Wood trail sign gives directions for St. Perpetua Trail [Ask for #276.A01.]


The St. Perpetua Trail in the Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area. [Ask for #276.A01.]

CAPE PERPETUA

OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area, Cape Perpetua Overlook, This mountaintop overlook gives views of US 101 hugging the sea cliffs below [Ask for #276.514.]
View from the Cape Perpetua Overlook at the top of the cape. [Ask for #276.514.]

NEPTUNE CLIFFS

OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint, Neptune Overlook, View across the sand to a forested headland [Ask for #276.A47.]
Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint, Neptune Overlook. View across the sand to a forested headland. [Ask for #276.A47.]

HECETA HEAD

OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cliffs, Heceta Head, Beach beneath the lighthouse keepers cottage, now a B&B, in fog [Ask for #276.985.]
View of Heceta Head and its beach as fog rolls in. [Ask for #276.985.]

SEA LION CLIFFS

The northern terminus of the Oregon Dunes, viewed from the cliffs along US 101 just north of Florence.
The northern terminus of the Oregon Dunes, viewed from the cliffs along US 101 just north of Florence. [Ask for 276.570]
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