1 Coxcomb Hill
Astoria, OR 97103
Astoria Column Description
"You could see everything!" said one 4-year-old about the Astoria Column, a 164-step (count them as you huff your way up) monument that celebrates the history of Astoria and provides breathtaking views from the top. The column's facade tells about the history of Astoria in text and illustrations, and a charming gift shop sells everything from Astoria landmark kids' socks (a must buy) to books about the history and geography of the area.
Babies: The wooded paths that surround the column aren't paved, so bring a baby carrier.
School-Age Kids: For those interested in Lewis and Clark, the panels depicting their journey will be particularly engaging, along with the three dimensional diorama of the area.
- Wear sturdy shoes. Don't miss the "tree trail" through the old growth forest that starts behind the column. Several other nice trails originate in the parking lot.
- Park down below. Parking costs only a dollar and is on the honor system ("We let air out of tires," jokes a friendly guide), but you can avoid the fee and exercise your little ones if you park in one of the pull-outs before you get to the top of Coxcomb Hill.
- Lighted nights. Astor Park is open until 10 p.m. After dark the lights brilliantly emphasize the contours of the illustrated, carved facade.
- Bring a jacket. It's cool on this windswept vista.
- Explore the meadows. The meadows are a beautiful place to roam, full of local wildflowers and tall trees.
Just the Facts
Hours: Dawn to 10 p.m. daily. Visitor Center hours: Summer, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; winter 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours