My only complaint about this was that the reservation site misrepresented our space we reserved, A10. I specifically wanted an ocean view site, and ours said it was, but the only way you could see the ocean is if you stood on the picnic table and looked over the overgrown, untrimmed trees. It may have had a slight ocean view 10 years ago, but no way did it have it now. The cable was a nice addition and it had one of the best playgrounds my kids ever played at in a campground. I'd return, but I'll pick a different site. The sites across from the playground have an unobstructed view of the ocean. Also, Harris Beach has the best tidal pools. We saw hundreds of starfish!!
It just doesn't get much better than this. Fort Stevens is a must see if going to Oregon. There are great bike trails, an enormous beach with easy access by bike or car, and the sites are laid out with plenty of privacy. Astoria is a short drive away. Our family of 5 loved it.
This was a great state park, one of our favorites. There were kids everywhere, but we wanted that since we have three under ten. Our kids rode their bikes around and I felt safe letting them do so. In back of our site, our kids found what they called an "enchanted forest" which was really a neat spot under a cluster of trees. Everyone was friendly. My only wish is that it was closer to the ocean. There is a trail over the dune but it is a tough hike through deep sand, which can be strenous holding a toddler, lawn chairs, beach toys and cooler. There are no ocean view sites and we couldn't hear the ocean at night. But all in all, it was a great campground.
I made reservations months in advance to assure I would get a campsite on the ocean. Well, our campsite was on the ocean, but we were disappointed to see how small it was and thus we were unable to stay in it and instead got a site off in the trees away from the ocean. It stated that it was a pull through, and that it was 38', but it was really only a parallel parking space, with no room for any overhang and our slide out would have been in the street. The way it was set up, our 28' fifth wheel would just barely fit and we wouldn't have been able to open the door. I only saw two sites that could accommodate anything over 25 feet or with a slide out. The website misrepresented the size of the sites. If you have a small rig, this is a spectacular park right on the ocean with a view unsurpassed by any other park I have been to. It's too bad bigger rigs can't enjoy it too.
We are big fans of Oregon State Parks, however this was our least favorite. It was large, but very far from the ocean. The name is pretty deceptive. Even when we drove to the beach, the hike over the dune was steep and almost impossible for our 4 year old. There is some bike trails but they weren't maintained as well as other parks we've stayed at. The asphalt was bumpy and broken. We picked a spot next to the playground but my kids informed me that it was the most boring playground they have ever played on. If in the area again, I think we will try someplace else.
Maryhill State Park was full, so we found this nice park just down the street adjacent to it. The sites are nice, each with a picnic table. Some are right on the river. There was a nice beach area for our kids to swim in the river. It is named Peach for a reason. A peach orchard was just across the street, so we were able to buy fresh newly picked peaches, as well as Walla Walla onions and many other fresh fruits and vegetables. The sites are a little smaller than you get at the state park, but definitely nice enough to stay at again if the park is full.
This is about ten minutes from Spokane, down a winding narrow but paved road. The great thing about it is you get that out of the way, forest feeling while being very close to a busy metropolitan area. I thought the price was a little much for a state park, but we did have a nice spot on the river with hook-ups. There is a little swimming area on the river and a swinging walking bridge that was a real hit with the kids. I was also impressed with the way the sites were set up so you didn't get a lot of traffic, only those camping were allowed down the road to the campsites, which made us feel safe and reduced noise. We would definitely stay again.
Good open spaces, large spots. We had a riverfront site that was great, although our kids still swam at the designated beach area. Maryhill was full of fruit trees and the John Day Dam was nearby. You heard trains and boats but this just added to the sights for our family. There were very few bugs. I would highly recommend.