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Fort Columbia State Park

Southwest Washington Coast, Washington

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  • Captain's and infantry quarters at Fort Columbia.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • View west out toward Cape Disappointment.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • Captain's and infantry quarters at Fort Columbia.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • View south looking over the gun batteries.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • View south looking over the gun batteries.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • One of the two coastal artillery guns on display.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • One of the two coastal artillery guns on display.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • One of the two coastal artillery guns on display.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • View looking up toward the barracks and battery.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • Fort Columbia, battery Murphy.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • Fort Columbia, battery Murphy.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • Bunker along the Scarborough Hiking Trail.- Fort Columbia State Park
  • Giant Sitka spruce along the Scarborough Hiking Trail.- Fort Columbia State Park
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Pros: 
Historic World War II fort. Captain's Quarters are now vacation rentals. Vistas of the Columbia River.
Cons: 
Washington Discovery Pass is required.
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Region:
Southwest Washington Coast, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Elevated high above the Columbia River on 593 acres of Chinook Point, Fort Columbia State Park was handed over to the state of Washington in 1950 after serving as a military installation during World War I and World War II.

Although the American Civil War officially ended in 1865, British sympathy with the Confederacy and historic disputes over the U.S. northern border raised concerns regarding the vulnerability of the U.S. coastline in a climate of British naval supremacy.  The U.S. government undertook a nationwide initiative to improve harbor defenses, and in 1896 construction of Fort Columbia began.  The fort served as one of the key fortifications protecting the mouth of the Columbia along with Fort Canby 8 miles to the west and Fort Stevens on the Oregon side of the river.  

Today, visitors can tour three artillery batteries, two well-maintained coastal artillery guns, numerous bunkers, and 12 of the original wood-framed quarters of the fort.  Visitors can also hike on any of trails that meander through the old-growth coastal forest up to Scarborough Hill.

Notably, it was off of Chinook Point that the American fur trader Robert Gray anchored in 1792 when he named the mighty Columbia River after his ship, the "Columbia Rediviva."

Note: The Commanding Officer's Historic House, filled with era-specific decor, is only open in July and August from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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