Visit historical Astoria property at Fort Clatsop and get to know local history. Fort Clatsop is where explorers Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery spent the winter, from December 1805 to March 1806. Explore the replica of the fort and see a great collection of artifacts exhibited in the interpretive center. From mid June to Labor Day weekend, costumed rangers lead activities and programs. There is still plenty to do and see in the winter. Watch two different films describing life at the fort. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the park.
One way to get the experience of the members of the Corps of Discovery is to take a hike on the Fort-to-Sea Trail. The trail is 6.5 miles long and winds gently uphill for two miles to Clatsop Ridge, the winds through the woods to Sunset Beach. If you’re lucky, you might meet deer, elk, beavers, or other wild animals who live in the forest. Domesticated animals also wander frequently on this public Astoria property, including cows in the pastures along the trail. For a shorter trip, take the half mile loop that starts at the Visitor Center. Visit Fort Clatsop to get more information about visiting and hiking, and plan a trip.