Fort Columbia, a 593-acre park rich in history and natural beauty, is one of the best preserved historic coastal defense sites in the U.S.

The fort was constructed between 1896 and 1904 to support Fort Stevens and Fort Canby in defense of the Columbia River.

In 1950, Fort Columbia became a Washington State Historical Park.

Today, visitors can view the breathtaking scenes overlooking the Columbia River on a self-guided historic walk around the fort structures and gun emplacements.

Come and learn, through exhibits and a video program, about local military history and Chinook Indian culture at the Interpretive Center.

Fort Columbia is home to approximately five miles of hiking trails, with loop routes ranging from one to three miles, which will take you deep into the fog-forests of Scarborough Hill and eventually its summit of 767 feet.

Location: Two miles east of Chinook on U.S. 101 just west of the tunnel.

Hours: Park grounds, 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round. Interpretive Center, open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: (360) 642-3078

Accommodations: No overnight camping is available.

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