The Astoria/Warrenton/Seaside KOA is located on the northern Oregon Coast roughly two hours out of Portland. It is right smack in the middle of several popular tourist attractions on the Oregon Coast, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The area is full of history as many explorers reached the area, the most famous being the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which built the nearby Fort Clatsop. Along with Lewis and Clark other explorers made their home here including John Jacob Astor who along with his American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria, the first permanent settlement on the Pacific Coast. John Jacob Astor was the first multimillionaire in the United States. The Astor family, which immigrated from Germany, became a very prominent family in the United States. John Jacob Astor’s great grandson, John Jacob Astor IV, was the famous member of the family who was killed when the Titanic sunk in 1912. Around every corner you will find history in this area. It is well worth a visit to see.
Literally right across the street from the KOA is Fort Stevens State Park, a huge state park with tons to do, including beach combing, swimming, bicycling, and visiting historic sites. A few minutes drive down the coast will get you to the beach town of Seaside, a great place for kids with several restaurants, and shops to explore as well as all kinds of activities for children. Seaside is known for being the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. A statue is prominently displayed on the promenade in their honor. A short drive to the east will take you to the town of Astoria, well-known from the movie Goonies. It is a beautiful town full of antique shops, really good restaurants and a lot of history to explore, including the Astoria Column built in 1926 where you get beautiful panoramic views of the area.
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As a KOA goes this park had surprisingly good spots. We have been to several KOA’s in the past and most are simply parking lots you put your RV on. Coming from a long history of state park camping we like our privacy in a campsite. This KOA was an exception, in fact the spot we had was wider, and more private than several of the spots we saw when we visited Fort Stevens State Park. Our stay here almost started out on a bad note but the KOA did right by us and we ended up in a spot we wanted in the end. You can’t reserve individual sites at a KOA and at a lot of private rv parks. They give you options of reserving in particular rows or areas. We reserved this kind of spot: “Our most popular sites! These sites are away from the busiest section of our park. These comfortable sites are located in the most shaded part of our park.” When I called to confirm our reservation however, we had been moved to a pull through site close to the playground area of the park. We were not happy with this and called again but because it was a holiday weekend there was not a lot of room to work with in moving us back to the site we had reserved. My husband emailed them again in the hopes of getting it remedied and they did move us to a back in spot but still in the busy part of the park which was slightly better but still not what we reserved. As we were driving to the park we got an email that they had a cancellation and were able to move us into the spot we wanted. It all worked out in the end and we had a really nice spot with one minor issue, the spot was extremely hard to get into due to a small tree right across from us that made it difficult to turn the truck at the right angle. It’s worth noting the staff at the park was really helpful and friendly and we enjoyed our stay.
As far as amenities goes, this campground has everything you could possibly want including getting food delivered to your campsite. There are a mix of sites with both full hookups and just water and electric so keep that in mind when making your reservations. There are also several types of cabins and interesting tent areas I’ve never seen before in a park. The bathrooms were immaculate with free hot showers. There is a restaurant here as well as a store where you can buy firewood and propane. The pool even has “adult hour” so adults can swim in peace. I have never seen a park with the staff so busy. They were literally everywhere at all times picking up trash and keeping order around camp. We even had to call once because we had no water on Memorial Day, the water pressure just dropped in the middle of doing dishes. They answered the phone immediately and let us know that a car had hit a power pole outside the park and the water was shut off temporarily. I won’t forget to mention the free pancakes. If you so desire you can get pancakes in the morning for breakfast however I suggest you go super early because around 8 there is a line around the building. This place could easily be a destination park where you never left the campground there is so much to do. You can get cable tv at this park and wifi, there are hot spots all over the campground to connect to. In spite of that however the wifi was sluggish but we have yet to go to a park that has good wifi at all times. Good thing I had full 3g here and cell coverage with Sprint.
This place is a kid’s dream come true. We were gone most of the time this weekend so our kids didn’t get to take advantage of all the park had to offer though we did manage to get some pool time in. They have a decent sized indoor pool here which would have been fantastic had their not been 48 kids in the pool(yes I counted). This of course is no fault of the KOA just a side effect of being there on a holiday weekend. Along with the pool there are two game rooms in the park with ping pong, and arcade games to play. They also have several playgrounds scattered around the parkl You can also rent bikes here or these weird-looking trikes. There is a mini-golf course here and one of those large jumping pillows at the playground. It was fun seeing all the little heads bouncing on the pillow as we looked down the street from our campsite. The kids here seemed to be having an amazing time.
This park accepts pets though it may have “breed restrictions” so ask to make sure when making reservations. While pet friendly there are not a lot of places to walk and play with your dog here. There is an off leash obstacle course area for them but it is pretty small and was far away from our campsite. It was hard walking them here as traffic in the park was insane. I sometimes felt like I was walking on a highway. Again, this is due to it being a holiday weekend however this is the first holiday weekend I’ve ever experienced this level of traffic while walking the dogs. There are no hiking trails to take them on unless you go across the street to Ft. Stevens. We did take them over there with us once and they were exhausted pugs when we returned. You can take them on the beach at the state park as well but there is a leash rule and the park rangers were actively patrolling the beach.
Have you been to the Astoria/Warrenton/Seaside KOA? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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