Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three fort Harbor Defense System. Established at the mouth of the Columbia River, the fort served for 84 years from the Civil War era to the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens is a 3,700-acre park with recreational opportunities for exploring history and nature.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • Once a Civil War fort, this 3,700-acre state park combines nature, culture, and history and is a must-see for anyone visiting Astoria.
  • Take a look at the shipwreck remains of the Peter Ireland, an English sailing ship that went down in 1906 (visible at low tide). In summer you can tour a 90-year-old gun battery and visit a military museum.
Fort Stevens has nine miles of bike trails, six miles of hiking trails (hikers can access the Oregon Coast Trail here), lakes, wildlife, forests, wetlands, dunes, and shoreline. Windsurfing and kiteboarding are popular here, too, and in summer you can rent paddleboats, canoes, and bikes.

About ten miles west of Astoria
Hammond, Oregon 97121
Price: $3 day-use fee

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 800-551-6949
Price Information: $3 day-use fee
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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