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North Head Lighthouse

Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA
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One of the most beautiful places on the West Coast.

I visit this lighthouse at least a couple (or more) times a year. A little trail just before... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
jkilpatrick002
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Cowiche, Washington, United States
Its a lighthouse...

I guess if you LOVE lighthouses it's great. Learning about the history is fun. The views are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Casey L
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Yakima Valley, Washington
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Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I visit this lighthouse at least a couple (or more) times a year. A little trail just before reaching the lighthouse leads up to a beautiful field of daffodils (spring) and Shasta Daisies (summer-fall) that makes a an outstanding picture with the flowers and a...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I guess if you LOVE lighthouses it's great. Learning about the history is fun. The views are wonderful.

Thank Casey L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The North lighthouse is a shorter walk and you can pay extra to climb the stairs - this is more suitable for older folks as the walk in is much better than the south lighthouse

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The posted signs state it is a quarter mile to reach this lighthouse. One wide, smooth trail goes by the front of the former keeper's house. A second trail is by a narrow paved path with a set of steps that swings by the gift...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The keeper of the lighthouse was very knowledgeable and helpful. We were able to walk up to the top. The lighthouse wasn't too busy for the last day of May. I always love to start my Oregon coast trek by driving up to North Head...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sure the Lighthouse is great if you have kids 7 or older, but it's kind of disappointing when you have tiny tots as there's not much you can do there because they can't climb the stairs or be carried up the stairs. Would be...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

The lighthouse is a gorgeous piece of history and has a spectacular view of the ocean. I arrived and the place was fogged in but only added to the experience. They run tours every 20 minutes so if you have the time take one. Keep...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

The North Head Light is located in Cape Disappointment State Park just a short drive out of Illwaco. The parking lot is well kept with public restrooms. There is also a unit to dispense Discovery Passes. Don't Park with one being displayed. Three trails leave...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Great view and an easier walk. This lighthouse offers tours within the lighthouse for a mere $2.50. Small gift shop

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

I was with my 6 and 9 year old grandsons and we walked the .6 miles to the lighthouse. boys found it fun. View is stunning. You could even walk this with a wheelchair as we did several years ago with my mom. Right off...More

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tahoejohno
21 April 2018|
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Response from Tom W | Reviewed this property |
It was not open last year for construction work, the Washington State Parks website will give you up to date info for the season from May to September/October for this years opening times. You can always walk around it, the... More
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sherbsusanmerrill
6 September 2016|
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Response from kathyb1214 | Reviewed this property |
The keepers' house on the light house grounds is available to rent by the night. You can contact the Washington State Parks department to reserve. I believe the fees are between $250 to $400 per night. It is a beautiful... More
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Rick C
3 July 2015|
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Response from mrbraae | Reviewed this property |
You'll probably need to check the website. It might still be under renovation.
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