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“Great mini vacation”

Fort Stevens State Park
Ranked #8 of 56 things to do in Astoria
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

I was lucky enough to score on of the "deluxe" cabins right after they opened. The cabins are set back in their own cul-de-sac which was great for our kids (5 and 8) who could safely bike in the area without constant traffic going by. The cabins were very nice, the bathroom very spacious. There was a microwave, full fridge and sink in the kitchen, a dining table with 4 chairs, futon, cabinet w/ TV and DVD (no cable), bedroom with bunks. There was a nice covered porch, BBQ, picnic table and firepit outside. Bring cleaning supplies. There is a broom, but the floors were extremely dirty. I will bring a mop next time. We went to the beach, and did a day trip to Astoria to ride the trolley, climb the Column and peruse the Maritime Museum. We rode around the campground. I would probably only stay in a cabin - it was just a good fit for the kids to play and explore without us having to worry about cars and people walking about. As others have said, this is a very crowded state park (probably the biggest in the state), other loops had lots of traffic, and some had the unpleasant odor of the garbage facilities.

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Reviewed August 27, 2011

Great way to spend the day. My husband and I packed a picnic and toured the Fort. Lots of things to look at and right on the water. Even has a small museum offering up local military facts.

1  Thank symplymel
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

This was a stopover on our way down to California. It ended up being one of our favorite spots, and we stopped here again on our way back up. The beach where the ship wreck is was spectacular. We wished we had more time to spend there. The sites were smaller and closer together than we are used to ( we are spoiled by the sites at Scotch Creek in BC!), and we would like more vegetation between sites. Loop E had beautiful new showers, and nice bathrooms. Loop O had an older style shower/bathroom building. Loop O also had more kids, and LOTS of sand in the bathrooms and showers. It is the closest loop to the swimming lake. Fort Stevens is also in close driving distance to shopping and restaurants (very useful when our tent trailer developed a propane leak and we lost the use of our stove).
We would like to spend a longer camping vacation here in the future, but would pick our loop carefully (book early!). It is a great place to relax on the beach. It is also a great base from which to visit Seaside and Cannon Beach. If only we didn't have to drive through Seattle/Tacoma on our way down!

3  Thank Linette L
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

I went camping here with a friend from Portland while I was up visiting in Oregon last year. I booked a site online before we got there and we were able to select a campsite from what was still open upon arrival. Although this campground can accommodate 100s of people, the campground did not feel overly big or crowded. We got a semi-secluded spot at the end of one of the loops closest to the ocean side. The beach here is beautiful and extends for miles. Note: It is not an easy walk or access to the beach from the campground sites themselves. Not to be missed is the wreckage of the boat (Peter Iyrdale) on the beach at low tide. The old military grounds and ruins are also worth at least a few hours if not the day. Great beach access, creepy army buildings built into the hills, picnic area and some nice walking paths. Easy drive down the coast in either direction and a great place to stay and spend a day wandering Astoria, Or where the Gooney's was filmed!

1  Thank Earther1
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

If you enjoy military history, check out the Ft. Stevens historical area and walk around the fortifications and bunkers. They date back to WWI days and with a commanding view of the Columbia River, you wonder how an invading fleet or the fort would have fared during battle. Fortunately, that scenario never occured. Building foundations remain from barracks and many other buildings, it's fun to look at and imagine being stationed there. Check out the beach areas too. The wreck of the Peter Iredale is very impressive, the rusting remains are in the sand. Take a kite with you as the winds are great.

Thank Shaymur
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