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North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View

Southwest Washington Coast, Washington

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  • North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Lighthouse Keepers' Residences (now vacation rentals).- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Lighthouse Keepers' Residences (now vacation rentals).- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Lighthouse Keepers' Residences (now vacation rentals).- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Lighthouse Keepers' Residences (now vacation rentals).- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Utility structure at the Lighthouse Keepers' Residences.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • North Head Lighthouse from the Lighthouse Keeper's Residences.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • View north from North Head Lighthouse.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • View south from North Head Lighthouse.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Bunker below North Head Lighthouse.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • North Head Lighthouse.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Sea birds offshore from Benson Beach.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • View south toward Benson Beach and the North Jetty.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Unidentified parsnip species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • North Head Lighthouse.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • World War II bunker at Bell's View.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • WWII bunker at Bell's View.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Hedge morning glory (Calystegia sepium).- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • WWII bunker at Bell's View.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Bell's View just north of the North Head Lighthouse.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • View of Long Beach looking north from Bell's View.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • Panoramic view north from Bell's View.- North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
  • - North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View
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Pros: 
Historic structures. World War II bunker. Panoramic vistas.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southwest Washington Coast, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Constructed in 1856, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was the first navigational beacon lit in the Pacific Northwest.  The lighthouse marked not only the mouth of the Columbia River, but also one of the foggiest places in the U.S.  Unfortunately, however, mariners approaching the Columbia River bar from the north often complained that the lighthouse was difficult to see, and after numerous shipwrecks on the Long Beach Peninsula, the Lighthouse Board finally approved the construction of a second lighthouse at North Head.  In May of 1898, the first-order Fresnel lens of North Head Lighthouse was lit.

Visitors to the North Head Lighthouse will enjoy climbing the 69 steps up to the lantern room to gain incredible vistas of the adjacent coast line. Additionally, save time to explore the numerous other structures that sit atop North Head.

When the lighthouse was automated in 1961, the era of the lighthouse keepers came to an end.  Today the Lighthouse Keepers' Residences dominate much of the hill top, and they are now available as truly unique vacation rentals.

From the North Head parking area there is also a 0.6-mile, ADA-accessible path that leads northwest to Bell's View.  Hike this short trail to gain vistas to the north, particularly Long Beach, and to explore Fort Canby's three-tiered lookout bunker.

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