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Fort Worden State Park

A patient of mine just recommended me to take my family to a place in Port Townsend called Fort Worden State Park. The park is an old military fort along the shoreline with camping, hiking trails, a conference center, and many other activities to do. Here is a brief edited description from the Washington state parks website about Fort Worden. 

Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center is a 434-acre multi-use park with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th century military fort.

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
Fort Worden offers dozens of outstanding day-use and picnic areas. Whether overlooking the high centennial cliffs of Artillery Hill, the often wild Straights of Juan de Fuca, or a placid vista encompassing the distant Mt. Baker, framed by Port Wilson Lighthouse and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center on the end of the pier. Numerous day-use picnic tables and fire boxes provide for an excellent picnic spot. The Cable House Canteen is an on-site food and convenience store, offering sundries, delicious burgers, or hot breakfast entrées.


  • 5 miles of ADA hiking trails
  • 12 miles of biking trails
  • 12 miles of hiking trails

Water Activities & Features

  • 120-feet of dock
  • 6 moorage buoys
  • Boating
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Personal watercraft
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • Two boat ramps
  • Water skiing

Other Activities & Features

  • Alternative fitness classes
  • Baseball / softball field
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird watching
  • Kayak and bike rentals
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums
  • Two fire circles
  • Two tennis courts

Interpretative Opportunities
The Coast Artillery Museum was established to preserve and interpret coast artillery history with special emphasis on the harbor defenses of Puget Sound as they existed and functioned from the late 1800s to the end of World War II.  The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Campsite Information

Campers may enjoy this scenic and historic fort at two delightful campgrounds with 80 campsites that may be reserved up to one year in advance. Both campgrounds have restrooms with showers. Maximum site length is 75-feet (limited availability).

Beach campground features 50 full-service (water, electric, and sewer) hookup sites tucked between the bluffs and the beaches of Point Wilson. The sites are level, spacious, and open. Most sites have an amazing view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Upper campground features 30 sites with water, electricity, and a sewer dump station nearby. The campsites are mostly forested, some with privacy. They are fairly level, and quite long. This campground offers easy access to miles of trails.
Campsites are popular and fill quickly year-round. Reservations are highly recommended.