Re: Tripping Oregon early October
We returned yesterday from a three day stay in Fort Stevens State Park (near Astoria) and also visited South Beach State Park (south of Newport), and visited all points in between, although briefly.
On the way down we took the I5 to Olympia, then the 101 and 12 to Aberdeen and the 105 to Westport, Grayland, North Cove, Raymond and the 101 and 103 to Long Beach then the 101 to Astoria. The drive is interesting but slow. You could save a lot of time by taking the I5 south to Kelso / Longview and the 30 across to Astoria.
We took in the "30 mile garage (junk) sale" which ran between Westport and North Cove, which appears to be an annual event.
Both Fort Stevens and South Beach are great campsites, although large motor homes and trailers dominate. We saw a few Casitas, Escapes, T[at]B. These campsites were almost full, which the rangers attributed to the great weather. We were able to find a spot at Fort Stevens without reservations, however.
The pictures show our campsite at Fort Stevens (still waiting for our Escape) and a beautiful sunset there.
We did not have much time so stayed at Fort Stevens and took a day trip south to Newport and South Beach. It took from 8:00 AM to about 6:00 PM going southward, including stops. The trip back up to Fort Stevens took about 3 hours, and the traffic was light in the evening. There are some significant hills on this stretch, so you might not want to pull your trailer if you don't have to.
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