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Fort Ward State Park, Bainbridge Island

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
Fort Ward Park is a former state park located along Rich Passage on the southern end of Bainbridge Island in Washington. Fort Ward Park is part of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District, on land which the former military base, Fort Ward, was located.Covering 137acre of dense forest and underbrush, it is an area full of beauty. Impressive views of Rich Passage, the Olympic Mountains and varied marine wildlife can be seen at the park. Common activities include boating, fishing, picnicking, jogging, walking and bicycling. Clam digging, bird watching and scuba diving are other favorite activities of park visitors.Visitor services are available in downtown Bainbridge Island or the nearby city of Poulsbo, Washington. Both cities have various community events throughout the summer months.HistoryIn 1903, Fort Ward was officially commissioned as a seacoast fort with the primary objective of protecting the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Two gun batteries are located in the park. During World War II, the navy used the fort as a radio station and training school for communication personnel and installed a submarine net across Rich Passage. In 1958, the navy decommissioned the fort, and State Parks purchased Fort Ward in 1960. Ownership of the Park was transferred to the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District in the Spring of 2011.
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  • THE place to go for a walk on the south end. Always friendly people, usually well behaved dogs, bicyclists, and natural sounds: birds, sea lions, squirrels, and the ferry to Bremerton! 
  • We contacted a local bike shop about paved bike trails on the Island, we were told there weren't any. Being beginning riders we don't always feel comfortable riding on busy streets. Read multiple revi...  read more »
  • We frequently walk here with the dog. Good for a bike ride too as it is paved. Along the coast and against forest so shaded, cool and all around a nice walk. Shorter distance and connects to South Bea...  read more »
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