After we drove out to Astoria, we had a few hours free before we could check in to our hotel, so decided to visit Fort Stevens for their “miles of bike trails,” batteries, beaches, and washed-up shipwreck. We parked near the entrance, hopped on our bikes, and embarked on the miles of trails, heading in the general direction of the batteries and military museum. As we popped out of the woods, though, we saw that everything was not as-expected.
Right in front of the battery: a huge civil war encampment.
We spent quite a bit of time walking around and looking at the demonstration… I’ve never seen one before, and was startled by the size and scope of the thing.
We also did get out (briefly) to one of the batteries to look around. Nice view of the river from on top (of course).
So now the park is on our must-return list, since we got an unusual and unexpected (and interesting) adventure but missed out on most of what we wanted to see there. Next time, we are definitely visiting the Peter Iredale shipwreck!