What: Twelve historic wood-frame buildings still stand on the site of this former military fort. Walk on an interpretive trail next to a massive gun. An interpretive center is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in July and August. You can also rent a vacation home for the night.
When: The park is open from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. in the summer and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the winter.
Where: Chinook, Pacific County
Activities: Hiking, bird watching, interpretive trails and a museum.
Getting there: From Interstate 5, take state Route 8 west, then U.S. 101 south. The park is two miles west of the Astoria Bridge.
Cost: There is no fee for day use of Washington State Parks.
Of note: There are five miles of hiking trails. The park also has 25 unsheltered picnic areas. For information on reserving a rental home call toll free 1-888-226-7688. There is no camping at the park.
History: Fort Columbia is one of the few intact coastal defensive sites in the United States. It was built from 1896 to 1904 to defend the Columbia River. It was given to the state in 1950.
Information: parks.wa.gov, 1-888-226 7688