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State & National Parks

When you think of the Oregon coast, visions of the Pacific ocean, a rocky coastline, and dense forest likely come to mind, and for good reason! Surrounded by these amazing geographical features coastal Oregon is a beautiful place to explore.

Home to a variety of State and National Parks, its all so easy to explore on well-established trails and with the guidance of local authorities who preserve and maintain them. With so many options, it may be hard to decide where to start! There are so many breathtaking coastal Oregon Scenic Wonders to explore.

Fort Clatsop National Park

Fort Clatsop National Park

The visitor center includes a replica of Fort Clatsop similar to the one built by the explorers, an interpretive center offering an exhibit hall, gift shop and two films. The center features ranger-led programs as well as restrooms and a picnic area. The park is open every day of the year except December 25th.

Learn more about the hours of operations and when to visit, here

Location: 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd. Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 861-2471
Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three fort Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 4,200-acre park offering an exploration of history, nature, and recreational opportunities.

Camping, beachcombing, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, a historic shipwreck, and a historic military area make Fort Stevens a uniquely diversified park. A network of nine miles of bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails are excellent. Not to mention Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas, a picnic area, restrooms, and a boat ramp (10 mph boating speed limit).

During the summer, tour a rare 90-year old underground gun battery that served as a World War II command center, and take a truck tour of the fortifications spanning the Spanish-American War and World War II (tour available at a nominal charge).

Location: 100 Peter Iredale Road, Hammond, OR 97121
Phone: (503) 861-3170