Astoria beaches are the northernmost beaches on the Oregon Coast. This fun, friendly town nestled where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean is home to some of the most amazing scenery along the West Coast—and the beaches are no exception. A long string of sandy beaches winds for miles along the Pacific, past rivers until reaching Cannon Beach, another seaside town. Whether you’re coming to find adventure, connect with history, or just getaway, a visit to Astoria Oregon will be worth your time. Few places have such a potent combination of nature and history.
Most of the best Oregon beaches are free to enjoy, and the beaches in Astoria Oregon are no exception. You don’t need to shell out a lot of money to spend time enjoying the sand and surf—all you need to do is get to the beach. In Astoria and its sister city Warrenton, beaches stretch from the South Jetty at the edge of the Columbia River for miles and miles—even though popular, Astoria beaches don’t feel crowded or overwhelming. You’ll find plenty of room for whatever you decide to enjoy. These beaches are excellent places for a stroll. People come to the shore to search for razor clams, while others come for the wind that creates excellent conditions for kites and windsurfing.
Fort Stevens State Park
Just ten minutes from Astoria, Fort Stevens State Park offers the mix of history and nature that’s come to define the northern Oregon Coast. From the Civil War through World War I, the fort stood as a sentinel and a protector of the Columbia River. Today, this land is part a 4,200-acre recreational haven with ocean beaches, lakes, forests, and more. In the summertime, living history interpreters help share the story of Fort Stevens and the only Civil War earthenworks on the West Coast. Year-round people come to enjoy the nine miles of bicycle trails that wind through the park. Six miles of hiking trails meander through some old-growth forests, wetlands and dunes. Coffenbury Lake offers more traditional maritime fun, a nice alternative to the Astoria beaches. Two swimming areas line the lake, along with a picnic area and a boat launch. Two additional lakes are available for boating as well as fishing and kayaking.
Also called the Clatsop Plains, this eighteen-mile beach stretches from the Clatsop Spit down to the town of Seaside. The spit, a giant sand formation along Highway 101 runs between Astoria Oregon and the Tillamook Head. Many visitors stroll the beach in search of a shipwreck; the Peter Iredale, a British ship, ran aground in 1906. More than a century later, the shipwreck provides photo ops and a landmark along this long stretch of Pacific Ocean beaches. Clatsop Beach also includes two favorite Astoria beaches: Columbia Beach and Sunset Beach. When Lewis and Clark reached the coast on their great journey west, the explorers stopped here to soak in the views before they headed down to what is now Seaside to get some salt from the seawater—a rather important essential for a long journey. Today, all these Astoria beaches continue to offer amazing views and plenty of sand and surf ready to be discovered.