Fort Stevens State Park Campground (Hammond, OR)
Finally! Oregon! Oregon was one of the states that neither of us had been to and was sitting high on the list of states we were most excited to visit. For no real reason, since neither of us had heard much about it, but for some reason, it held a lot of appeal.
So after 11 days in Washington, we hit the Oregon border at Astoria…and didn’t go any further. We bedded down for the night at Fort Stevens State Park just a few miles west of Astoria. The nice thing about this 1,600 mile trek down the Pacific Coast is that we allowed ourselves around 3 weeks to do it, which means most of our driving days were only a few hours. Translation: plenty of time for exploring where we are instead of just driving non-stop.
Fort Stevens State Park is about as close to Washington as you can get without actually being in Washington. In fact, when we crossed the bridge across the Columbia River into Astoria, we turned west, then north back towards Washington to get to the campground.
There’s actually quite a bit of stuff to do in the area, which we’ll tell you more about tomorrow when we tell you about Astoria. To name a few, there’s the Astoria Column and several museums in Astoria and a shipwreck and a historic military area in the State Park. Plus, it’s right off of US-101, which you’ll be taking to travel the Pacific Coast. Of course, if I-5 is more your speed, this park is about an hour from the Interstate.
There are plenty of electric and water sites here. Then there are tent-only primitive sites and hiker/biker sites.
We can’t really comment on the bathrooms other than to say that there aren’t enough of them. We were so far from the bathrooms that we just used our human litter box for our one night here. There is a central shower house with 7 or 8 unisex showers. These are quite nice and aren’t pay showers.
Laundry & Wi-Fi
There are no laundry facilities or wi-fi at this campground.
The campsites are quite large. Once again, we were able to get our tent quite a way back from the road and other campers. There isn’t a lot of privacy between sites, but there are a ton of trees providing all the shade you could want. All in all, the campsites here are very nice.
Our campsite was $27 with the electric and water hookup. Once again, though, like Washington, there’s an $8 reservation fee for booking online or over the phone, bringing the total to $35.