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The Warrenton Waterfront Trail runs for nearly 5 miles through the small city of Warrenton, located near where the mighty Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean in northwestern Oregon. Portions of the trail run along Warrenton's two waterfronts: the Columbia River in the north and the much smaller Skipanon River, a tributary of the Columbia, in Warrenton's downtown to the south.
A mix of on-road route and rail-trail bridges the gap between the two waterfront portions. Navigating the sometimes confusing on-road portion is worth the trouble, as trail users are rewarded with stunning views of the massive Astoria-Megler Bridge, the large ships passing underneath it, and the pilot boats and helicopters guiding them through this treacherous stretch of the Columbia.
At the trail's southern end, the connecting Skipanon River Loop Trail offers an opportunity for a hike on a more rustic trail on both banks of the Skipanon River.
Parking for the Warrenton Waterfront Trail is available at trailheads at the northern and southern ends of the trail. In the north, park at Seafarers' Park on Lake Drive along the Columbia River. In the south, park at Skipanon River Park on SE 3rd Street along the Skipanon River. Additional parking is available at Eben H. Carruthers Memorial Park on Fort Stevens Highway (State Route 104).
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