Parallel to riverfront
Astoria, OR 97103
Astoria Riverwalk Description
A four-mile paved walkway that looks out onto the Columbia River, the Astoria Riverwalk winds past statues, old canneries, abandoned docks, light industry, and new shops and cafés. Meander along it at your own pace reading the interpretive placards that tell about Astoria's history and how salmon was king in the heyday of the city. For a faster tour of the riverfront, hop aboard the Astoria Riverfront Trolley, which operates from noon to 7 p.m. in the summer. A $1 ticket is good all day.
Babies: The entire walk is paved and stroller friendly.
Toddlers & Pre-K: They will be most thrilled by the trolley itself.
School-Age Kids: They'll most likely skip right past the interpretive placards and will instead be engaged by the enormous riverfront buildings, ruined docks, and continuing bustle of this light industrial area.
- A convenient path. The Astoria Riverwalk runs to the Columbia Maritime Museum and also passes many nice restaurants with river views. Leave your car at the hotel and walk.
- Don't expect glitz. Astoria has a gritty, "Cannery Row" underside to it, with abandoned piers and rusted machinery. The closer you get to the city center the more up-and-coming the scenery becomes.
Just the Facts
Hours: Always accessible
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours