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Set on a high bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, Fort Worden State Park is home to beautiful scenery and a wealth of recreational activities. The park, which spans 176 hectares (434 acres), was once a U.S. Army base and features a number of historical military buildings here. The Coast Artillery Museum informs visitors about coastal military history, focusing particularly on Washington's Puget Sound. You can explore the park via its 27 km (17 mi) of hiking trails or 19 km (12 mi) of biking trails. Bring a picnic, if you like, to enjoy in the picnic areas overlooking the cliffs of Artillery Hill or Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Cable House Canteen includes a cafe and convenience store. Our Port Townsend trip maker website makes visiting Fort Worden State Park and other Port Townsend attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Fort Worden State Park reviews
Although it was a brisk February day, we enjoyed the walk along the water and climbing on the former military fixtures. The old houses are delightful. We're not hikers, but were told that there a...
Although it was a brisk February day, we enjoyed the walk along the water and climbing on the former military fixtures. The old houses are delightful. We're not hikers, but were told that there a... more »
Officers quarters were wonderful. For the first time I didn't look forward to going home. Would love to have stayed longer.
Officers quarters were wonderful. For the first time I didn't look forward to going home. Would love to have stayed longer. more »
Pay to enter with your car, but a nice walk on beaches and dunes (on paths). Seabird watching, beach walking and good for photographers.
Pay to enter with your car, but a nice walk on beaches and dunes (on paths). Seabird watching, beach walking and good for photographers. more »
We have tried to get into this park for years with no luck. Was really happy to find a spot there for our Valentine's Day celebration and it did not disappoint! Incredible views from the high points. Excellent hiking/biking trails. This park is very large and I think a person could spend a week here and not see it all! Restrooms were very well kept. On the downside - the signage for the campground to lead you to your RV spot is absolutely inadequate. The water was turned off for winter and the sign explaining where to the fill spigot was on a sandwich board and had been placed beyond the spigot, after you already drive by the spigot. There is not a campground entrance sign at all, so the end of our trip there consisted of about an extra 20 minutes of confusion and driving around that could have been alleviated with a good set of signs. The leash law is strictly enforced, even for our aged dachshund, who gets around slowly and could not create an issue when if he had the heart to. He also is sans teeth! In any case, we loved the park and would love to return if we can ever find a reservation again. Would be a great place for day hikes also!
Such a beautiful park with a tranquil feel. A great day trip or you can multi day with the campground. We have ridden our bikes through here a handful of times now. This past visit I saw all ages doing activities including beach combing, kayaking, hiking, camping, and general sightseeing. So much to see here and even seasonal restaurants. There are numerous vistas above the beaches with glorious views. Each time I see some form of sea life and many birds. I appreciate the well tended public restrooms and picnic tables. Dress in layers and bring a beach blanket. Binoculars would be helpful for watching sea life and birds. Discover Pass is required for the park areas.
If you are looking for a State Park to WOW you, consider Fort Worden Historical State Park, 430+ acres located in Port Townsend in Washington State. This United States Army base was not only an Army base but later became a juvenile detention facility in 1957. And in 1971, Washington State Parks and Recreation took it over, becoming a State Park in 1973. Built by a British citizen known as Reverend John Barrow Alexander in 1883 was "Alexander Castle," the oldest building in Fort Worden. But the actual construction of the Fort was started in 1897 and closed as a base in 1953. There is so much beauty to see and history about Fort Worden; I've recently read some visitors say that Fort Worden appears to be haunted. Whatever your reason for visiting this Fort, it will surely wow you in more than one way. Fort Worden offers a sandy beach, abandoned artillery batteries for exploring, Point Wilson Lighthouse, a balloon hanger, museums, trails, wildlife, marine science center, camping area, day use site areas, and picnic places. Did I mention that there are cabins, shelters, conference centers, and historic structures to rent throughout the year? And so much more. A wedding was happening when we were there! I urge you to visit; even if you are a resident of Washington State or visiting Washington for the first time, this park is fabulous! Also, you get the benefit of being in Port Townsend; Port Townsend alone offers a slue of history and beauty! Shoutouts to every employee, volunteer or otherwise. These people have dedicated their time in keeping this park safe, lovely and litter free. If you choose to visit (I sincerely hope you do) this or any other park, please be respectful of the parks, wildlife and the employees. Clean up your messes, and enjoy what any park offers, not by drawing on or destroying it but by learning from them and appreciating all they have to offer, and remember Be kind to ALL living things!!!!
Nice park, recommend coming here! Stopped here and walked out into the water and enjoyed time building sand castles on the beach. It was clean and nice! Lots of birds which means lots of bird poop so watch out. Summary : Enjoyed a nice evening here with the family and I'm sure you will too!
Wow. We were late getting to our booked campsite at Deception Pass, so randomly showed up here. Three spots left, we snagged one. Then we went to the drive-in for some Top Gun in the forest!! Great space at the sites, kinda private-ish. No hot water the day we were there. But, maintenance was on it in the a.m. We had site 63. Power and water and a spot away from the bathrooms. There were a couple more we will try to book instead next time. Cause. We'll be back!! Fire rings and picnic tables, along with a concrete pad and some grass.
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