Fort Stevens was 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 served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 3,700 acre park offering exploration of history, nature, and recreational opportunities. And you can help fund historic programs and restoration at the park! The Friends of Old Fort Stevens will run Wood on Wheels this summer, selling and delivering firewood right to your site. Check it out when you arrive! Camping, beachcombing, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, an historic shipwreck and an historic military area make Fort Stevens a uniquely diversified park. A network of nine miles of bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails allow you to explore the park through spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine. Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas, a picnic area, restrooms, and a boat ramp (10 mph boating speed limit). Two other smaller lakes offer boat ramps for fishing and canoeing. Throughout the year, you can browse through displays dating back to the Civil War at the museum, visit the only enclosed Civil War earthworks site on the west coast, and explore the gun batteries. During the summer, watch the blacksmiths work, 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).
Nice combination of paved trails throughout the campground. My brother and I hiked from a nearby neighborhood and walked into the campground. I wish there'd been a clearer route in for pedestrians (or at least signs stating how many miles it would be to the campground or water). We snagged the bike trail under a bridge and headed for the fort. We were able to wander around the fort for quite a bit before heading back. I think we walked about 7 or 8 miles that day. All relatively flat and smooth terrain (pavement).
Stroud W. on Fort Stevens State Park Trails
Great (free) wwII museum
Lovely miles of bike trails, deserted on sunny day in November . Abandoned military stuff to look at, deer, some beach views, mossy coastal scrub forest. I'd do this again, but not on weekend and not in summer - most likely would be too many people to be enjoyable biking
While this is a very easy and beautiful trail, I was hoping for a bit more. You have to be careful do to the fact that you share this trail with lots of bikes and kiddos can be a bit absent minded when it comes to their surrounding. I still give it three stars because of the wildlife that was visible and the trail is very accessible.
Bonnie R. on Coffenbury Lake Trail
Nice trail around the lake. Very scenic! The trail is forested so I did not need to wear a hat to shield the sun. We only encountered one other person (runner) and this was on a weekend! If you are snake squeamish, we did encounter several snakes, including one at waist height in the tall grassy area on the return side of the lake loop.
Just finished a week long camping trip here. Great location, with a lot to do. Bring bikes if possible because there are a lot of biking trails. One of largest campgrounds in USA and very busy. Almost all sites have utilities and are NOT very private at all, which was the biggest (and only) disappointment of the trip. Tons of stuff to do on the Oregon Coast in that area, and the shipwreck, beach, Fort and museum were all great.