The Astoria Column has served for over 80 years as a beacon on the Pacific Northwest Coast. It sits in a wooded area 600 feet above sea level on Coxcomb Hill, Astoria, Oregon’s highest point. Murals spiral around the 110 foot tall monument depict the history of the area through the arrival of the railroad. This is a local favorite site for picnics, watching sunsets, and is a prime viewing area for Independence Day fireworks.
Annual parking pass required but the park is free and accessible by foot trails as well. No reservations required.
Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Reservations and Information:
Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, Oregon 97103, United States
Park open daylight until dusk. Gift shop hours are 10am - 5pm
Prices and Fees
$5 annual parking fee.
You can climb the Column itself via a 164-step spiral staircase leading to an observation deck overlooking the park and with 270-degree views of the town, the Columbia, Youngs and Lewis & Clark rivers, and the Pacific Ocean as far south as Cannon Beach.
The park itself and the plaza surrounding the Column are ADA accessible and the views from ground level are every bit as breath-taking if not quite as panoramic.
Eco Friendly Notes
Hiking up to the Column is enjoyable and saves you the parking fee. You can access the site either by a grassy trail leading up from Coxcomb Lane or via the 1-mile Cathedral Tree Trail that rises steeply through rainforest terrain from Irving Street below, passing the magnificent cathedral tree on the way.
Locally or Family Owned Notes
The Column is located in a City park but the monument itself is maintained by a local non-profit called Friends of the Astoria Column, who oversee the surprisingly well-stocked gift shop and ensure that the artwork, lighting, and plaza are restored and maintained brilliantly.