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Fort Stevens Bicycle Trails Professional Review and Guide
"Fort Stevens State Park contains an 8-mile network of paved, mostly level bike paths. Exploring this historic park on two wheels is a great family activity. The fort is a couple of miles north of the Campground and features a museum and a self-guided walking tour. Fort Stevens State Park is located at the extreme northwest tip of Oregon, approximately 8 miles west of Astoria."
--Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Oregon (Menasha Ridge Press).
We rode on multiple trails in this park over 2 days. Trails are well marked (park map) and mostly flat with some short inclines. The trails intersect at several points so that you can combine different loops to make a new ride. Trails run to the beach, along a dune front, out to the armory (where we saw a WWII battle re-enactment), and for the more adventurous, out to the South Jetty to the mouth of the Columbia River. That part of the ride was more challenging since the bike path started as a right lane on the road which then disappeared so that it was only the road with no shoulder at all. We rode side by side at that point so that cars could not zip by and force us off to the side. A strong headwind made for a good workout, and an easy ride back! All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed this park. Lots of camping within the park itself but reservations for weekends need to be made well in advance. We camped at the KOA across the street and rode our bikes from camp right into the park. The KOA has numerous amenities: indoor pool/hot tub (year 'round), game room, large playground, inflatable jumping pillow, pancake bkfst, mini golf, and outdoor chess game. Some of the amenities are only available in the summer months. We'll definitely be back to camp and ride bikes in this location again!
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