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“Historic overview”

Fort Stevens State Park
Ranked #5 of 45 things to do in Astoria
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106 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Historic overview”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

For people accustomed to Washington State's larger forts like Casey and Worden, Stevens seems tiny but it is still interesting. The emplacements cover the range of coastal fort history from 1898 to WWII and the concrete footings for nearly all the original WWII housing still stands on the lawn. A recreation of the original 1860's dirt fortification can be walked around on and there are trails though we didn't explore them so I can't give extent. The disappointing side for our visit was that of the three main battery bunkers, only the first Endicott period can be entered and not a lot of it is open. Upside to that, it's been painstakingly restored and shows a really clear idea of what it must have been like in its heyday. The full-sized model disappearing gun, built by a gentleman who is a hobbyist and Friend of Fort Stevens, apparently can actually do the motions of a real one though it's not being shown these days. The slightly older bunker for the 10" guns sadly is no longer open to tour: one look at the sagging concrete and fallen supports makes that clear why but it can still be viewed from above and the front. If you're lucky, you'll arrive when tours are running, as we did, and can get a look inside the one-of-a-kind battery Mishler, which is underground; the volunteer staff that gave the tour were knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating (shout out to Nancy and Vic!). There are more elements that can be viewed that we didn't have time for, so if you're a real fort buff, you might want to spend the whole day and stay somewhere nearby overnight (there is a campsite).

Visited July 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“Great place”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Stayed in July in a campsite for R.V but only had a tent. Lots of space and a lot quieter than I expected given how many people the campsite holds. There is a great paved trail directly to the Batteries and the ocean! A great place for family or couples! Would recommend it for sure. Very organized!

Visited June 2014
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Jacksonville, Oregon
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

You have to know ahead of time which camping spots to reserve to get ones that were private.
worse yet, the camp host are useless. people next to us were partying until 1130 pm and playing boom box several nights in a row. Told host and park rangers and was told they would make rounds but they never did. They did talk to them once but it did not stop the noise. There were other campers partying until midnight, but again park rangers never came around as they said they would. In fact, one of the rangers at the park reservation place just stood there with a smirk on his face when I was complaining about the noise. Course, him being around 25 y/o, he seemed like it was almost funny to him. best thing going was the showers/bathrooms & bikepath.

Visited July 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Bike, check out an old ship wreck, visit an old fort, kayak, fish....”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

There is SO MUCH to do at Ft. Stevens. There are excellent biking paths, so nearly everyone brings a bike so they can get to all of the fun things there are to do at Ft. Stevens. From the campground you can bike to the beach where you can do all of the normal beachy things in addition to checking out the remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck. You can also ride your bike to a nearby lake where there is a designated beach for the kids to splash around in or, if you brought your own kayaks/canoes and/or fishing poles, you could do that, too. Let's not forget the actual fort. Yes, there is an old fort that has a small museum as well as the remains from what is left over from the fort that was decommissioned after World War II...lots of history there.

If you want to stay at Ft. Stevens you can stay in a cabin, a yurt, you can tent camp, and they also a have LOT of spots for RVs.

We have been there twice and have stayed in a cabin both times. The cabins have bathrooms with a shower and toilet. There is also a kitchen with a sink, a refrigerator and a microwave. Outside each cabin there is a fire pit and an electric drill.

Visited July 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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“great place for famlies and bikes”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is a family favorite. It has a lake for fishing, swimming and boating, but also has the ocean beach a short bike ride away from the campground. It includes the remains of a shipwreck, always fascinating to the kids. You won't have any privacy in the campground though, the sites are very close together.

Visited July 2014
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