We had such a delightful stay at Winchester Bay, that it was tempting to stay around longer. But we were also looking forward to the next stop up the coast – exploring the Yachats area, and touring Heceta Head Lighthouse.
So we pulled out of Salmon Harbor Marina and headed up with coast, with a stop in the lovely town of Florence for catching up on laundry and grabbing some Chinese food for lunch (loved our fortune – suggesting we should head west!)
Tillicum Beach Campground – Yachats, OR
We had two glowing recommendations from blog readers to check out Tillicum Beach Campground, run the by US Forest Service. It sits right along the ocean a few miles north of Yachats.
After learning that the state park closest to Heceta Head Lighthouse – Carl Washbourne Campground, has no hope of cellular signal, we were completely sold on Tillicum.
I looked online to confirm the campground was indeed first come first serve, which most of it is. However, I spotted site #12 with a gorgeous direct and unobstructed ocean view. The photos also showed the site had lots of open sun, perfect for solar panels! The site was reservable, so we went against our general preference and paid the $8 reservation fee snag the site, plus $24/night for no hook-ups.
And we are so glad we did.. the site was absolutely divine. There are other great sites in the campground that we would have been happy with, but none that provided the unique combination of view, open sun and right next to one of the two staircases down to the beach.
We absolutely loved this campground, and took many long strolls on the beach and watched the waves dance as we worked away with our amazing office views.
As our site had no hook-ups, we also put out the solar panels. We had a lot of cloudy and rainy weather during our 3-night stay, so we did end up needing to run the generator for about an hour to get through .
One our non-rainy day, we took off for some exploring and backtracked about 15 miles south to Heceta Head for our lighthouse tour. Heceta Head is probably one of the more iconic lighthouses sitting up upon a cliff visible right from Highway 101. However, some trees have grown up that block some of the view of the lighthouse from afar.
Heceta Head recently underwent a total renovation, and looks fabulous. It’s operated by the state park systems and the tours run by volunteers just like our gig down at Cape Blanco. But as the host sites are within Carl Washborne State Park – without cell signal – the assignment wouldn’t work for us techno-connected RVers.
On the way back to Tillicum, we spent some time meandering up the coast in the Mini Cooper, and enjoyed hiking at some of the waypoints.
On the way home we stopped at Luna Sea’s Restaurant in Yachats for a late lunch of freshly caught salmon fish tacos. Very delicious!
Other posts in this Oregon lighthouse series thus far:
- Umpqua River Lighthouse & Winchester Bay
- Cape Arago Lighthouse & Charleston
- Coquille River Lighthouse & Bandon
- Cape Blanco Lighthouse (where we were tour guides at)
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