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Netul River Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The Lewis and Clark River (Tom Kloster)
Trail near the river (Tom Kloster)
Commemorative statue of Sacajawea (Tom Kloster)


Hike Description

To reach the wooded site that would become Fort Clatsop, the Lewis and Clark Expedition paddled up the Netul River past lush riverbanks and tall evergreens teeming with wildlife. The Netul River is now named for Lewis and Clark, and the Netul River Trail and Netul Landing honor the former name. Netul Landing is a not only a place to launch a kayak or canoe for a paddle trip, but also a pleasant walking destination from Fort Clatsop -- or a starting point for a hike to the Fort. This hike description begins at Fort Clatsop, but you can also park for free at Netul Landing Trailhead and reverse the trip to visit the fort at the end of your walk.

The trail begins in front of the restored Fort Clatsop and continues south through trees to the edge of the Lewis and Clark River, crossing an inlet on a footbridge, then passing wetlands along the bank of the river. About one third mile from the trailhead, the route passes close to Fort Clatsop Road, then crosses the South Slough Bridge, continuing south along the river bank. For the next half mile, the trails parallels the river and the road before reaching a restroom and the north end of the Netul Landing parking area. The trail continues another third mile along the river to the south end of the landing, and the Sacajawea sculpture.

In summer, you can make this a one-way trip by riding the park shuttle back to Fort Clatsop. They run every 15 minutes in season, but check with the park for schedules. You can also reverse this trip (and save the park entrance fee) by driving south from the visitors center to Netul Landing Trailhead and beginning your hike there, ending at the fort. For active families, this would be a fun (and economical) way to visit the historic park.


Sky Island Graphics: Oregon Coast Area Trails

Map of the Netul River Trail

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • $5.00 entrance fee for adults 16 and over at Fort Clatsop, or National Park pass. No fees to park at Netul Landing Trailhead.

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