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North Head Lighthouse

Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA
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The lighthouse is a gorgeous piece of history and has a spectacular view of the ocean. I arrived... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
EpicGuy12
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San Tan Valley, Arizona
One of my favorite places.

The North Head Light is located in Cape Disappointment State Park just a short drive out of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
J1037VQjoer
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Tacoma, United States
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Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We didn’t arrive at the light house until dusk so we got to watch the sun go down. And then the lighthouse light turned on. Sitting there was cold due to the ocean breeze. Park was a small fee.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Easy walking to the lighthouse from the parking lot. It looks like you can rent the cottages nearby, that looks amazing. We had a wonderful storm going on the morning here, the noise of the waves was awesome and exhilarating. If the winds were much...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Short drive inside state park to nicely done parking area and trail head. There are bathrooms, explanatory sign boards and an electronic WA state pass machine. Don't park without a current pass! Rentable light keeper's home is across the lot by the start of the...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

The views of the lighthouse and coast are well worth the short walk. The path is well maintained most of the way with just a few rocky spots as you near the lighthouse. Breathtaking views of the Columbia River, beaches, mountains, and commercial shipping. The...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

We drove up for a day just to see the pacific coast. This was definitely one of my favorite viewpoints!

Thank Paulina W
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

It's just a short walk to the lighthouse for an incredible view. This time of year it's pretty cold and the wind was crazy so dress warm. Unfortunately you can't go inside the lighthouse at this time, but it's still well worth the visit.

Thank RNrachael
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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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