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).

hiking
3 days ago

walking
13 days ago

walking
22 days ago

walking
1 month ago

It was a great trail, little wet, really the wettest part was the south end of the lake, after the water level goes down a bit, will try it again, the Dog had a blast, and the view was great.

Lots of water hazards and flooding making it impossible to do the full loop

road biking
9 months ago

Monday, June 20, 2016

Don't like that the bike trail gets locked at 6pm. We had to bike the 4miles around to get back to the car.

off road driving
Thursday, June 09, 2016

We drove on the beach and then parked and walk out to the ship. Pretty sight and there is miles and miles of trails but where the GPS marks this one is wrong. Fort Stevens had many trails that are pretty to hiking and bike on. Enjoy

hiking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

The hiking trails are great but this year the mosquitoes are horrible. Even if you have bug spray on they buzz your ears (quite annoying).
The historic trail is my favorite.

walking
Sunday, December 27, 2015

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).

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015