Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Astoria
Where is it at?
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Tel: 503 861-2471
Where are we going today?
Lewis & Clark are some of the most famous explorers in US history, so why not immerse the family in their story at the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park!
The park itself is actually make up of 12 different park sites, all located on a 40 mile stretch of that beautiful Pacific Coast. So there is a lot to see - we better get on with it!
You can visit the sites in any order that you like, but it's recommended that you start at Fort Clatsop or the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center which is located at Cape Disappointment (don't be put off by the name !)
Both of these locations off rangers, as well as gift shops and fascinating exhibits on the region, as well as the history.
Fort Clatsop is actually a replica, but it gives you a very real sense of what people experienced over 200 years ago. It even smells the same! If you visit during peak season, you might even be lucky and come across rangers demonstrating the way of life, including flintlock gun shooting, candle making and even hide tanning.
The Fort Stevens State Park once had a bustling Clatsop Indian Village, and now has miles of great bike trails that you can journey on to explore the area. There is even a historic 278 sailing vessel which ran aground all the way back in 1906 and still rests on the beach today!
If you head to Astoria Column, you can actually see the entire Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, which certainly you will be wanting your camera for! The 164 steps to the top are worth it! You can stop to look at the artwork along the way, which depicts local history from the 1790s right through the next century.
A historical, and outdoor adventure for all ages in a stunning part of the country! What more could you want!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$3 for 7 days.
- Free Under: 15 years
When can we go?
For Clatsop Visitor Center: 9am - 5pm Labor Day to mid June. 6pm shut rest of year.
All year round.
Bring your own lunch and enjoy it on one of the picnic areas or just on the coast overlooking the ocean!.
Make sure you take plenty of bottled water and quick healthy snacks. .
Any Top Tips?
Check out the Junior Ranger Program for kids - it's a great way for them to get involved! .
Doing our bit
The park services try very hard to keep the park clean, so help them out and pick up after yourself and don't leave any trash. .
Need a little extra help?
There is a wheelchair accessible picnic area near Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. Check ahead about the trails. .
Can I get one of those?
The Fort Clatsop Visitor Center has a bookstore where you can get some books and gifts to take away. .
Check the opening times of the other visitor centers and sites within the park. .
What people are saying?
by Jay Daniels
No better place to spend the 4th of July!
by jody eastman
Ft Clatsop is well worth a visit, as friendly Rangers, good exhibits,movies and the replica of the fort is not to be missed.
by A Google User
We arrived in Oct. daring the rain and weather. Our luck came through and the weather was great. We had an initial problem with someone still being in our campsite when we arrived. The camp ranger was most helpful and helped us to another site right by the Ocean. I believe we were in Loop B which was a nice loop. A great place to relax the views of the light houses were amazing. I would recommend this place to anyone.
by A Google User
Rangers in period costumes giving programs at the fort. 2 very good movies. I spent 4 hours there. Best $3.00 l ever spent.
by A Google User
Not work the fee just to look at the river and have them try to sell you crap in their store. You can see more from the outside and feel the power of the river entrance and ocean!