Yes, it’s a (very, very) busy state park!
Yes, It’s still peak camping season in Oregon!
Yes, we literally got the last reservation in a park with over 400 sites!
But we went anyway! (I’m glad we did!)
We were itching to get out again and all of our favorite federal campgrounds were closing for the season. We’ve never really spent any time in Astoria, so we decided to take a quick weekend trip up the coast. A little rain, a little sun and some fun new things to explore. There’s a lot to see and do here and 1.5 days isn’t nearly enough time. We’ll be back…during the off season next time!
From Reserve America:
Fort Stevens was once the primary military defense installation in the three-fort, Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington were the other two). The fort was in service for 84 years, beginning during the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II.
Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 4,200 acre park offering exploration of history, nature, and many recreational opportunities. Camping, beach-combing, a historic shipwreck, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, and a historic military fort make Fort Stevens a uniquely diverse park. The park also boasts a network of nine miles of paved bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails that allow you to explore a variety of habitats including spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine areas. Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas, a picnic area, restrooms, and a boat ramp. Two neighboring, smaller lakes are great for fishing and canoeing.