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Fort Casey State Park, Coupeville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Fort Casey State Park is located on Whidbey Island, in Island County, Washington state. It is a and a historic district within the U.S. Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.Admiralty Inlet was considered so strategic to the defense of Puget Sound in the 1890s that three forts, Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, and Fort Worden at Port Townsend, were built at the entrance with huge guns creating a "triangle of fire." This military strategy was built on the theory that the three fortresses would thwart any invasion attempt by sea.Fort Casey is now a 467acre marine camping park. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse is located within the state park.Three miles of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail wrap around the park.HistoryDesigned as part of the massive modernization program of U.S. seacoast fortifications initiated by the Endicott Board, construction on Fort Casey began in 1897. In 1901, the big guns on disappearing carriages, which could be raised out of their protective emplacements so that the guns were exposed only long enough to fire, became active. However, the fort's batteries became obsolete almost as soon as their construction was completed.
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  • very friendly and knowledgeable staff. small museum with 2 authentic lenses. upstairs house was closed off but you can go up in the small lighthouse which was pretty cool. very tight and narrow stairs...  read more »
  • This is a wonderful park. We enjoyed the history and the views. You can walk down to the beach as well. 
  • A Wonderful Park and Beach for the history buff and Nature Lover and beach walker.. There is a light house museum. Many underground spooky tunnels and old cannons. A beautiful wild natural beach for h...  read more »
  • One of my all time favorite Northwest destinations! I call the old fort itself "adult monkey bars", as there are stairs to hidden grottos and internal rooms that lead to ladders and other rooms on other levels. All this and you get a good learning experience on what it was like to be prepared to defend the critical Admiralty Inlet. All that exploring is great for children of all ages, but the little ones really need to be accompanied by an adult. Part of the appeal of this facility is that hazards like ladders, narrow stairs, and exposed rusted out iron are not covered or obstructed. Also because of that "adult monkey bars" thing, very little of the old fort is accessible to the disabled.
  • Great place to visit or camp. Perfect for camping because you can walk to the keystone ferry, go over to Port Townsend for lunch or dinner and return. Excellent facilities with showers. The camp host sells firewood and ice (big ice locker).
  • Wonderful place to explore and take in some history. Large park with many different things to see such as the Admiralty Head Lighthouse and several 10 guns currently displayed. Great beach with awesome views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • A classic, historical park. Love taking my kids out here and sharing a little bit of my childhood with them. I like that they have opened up a bit more of the rooms and tunnels again. The rangers out here are great too - when we were here, one of the rangers opened up one of the old bunkers just for our family to go in and see, even though there weren't many people out there that day.
  • The need for the Discover Pass, or a one-time $10 fee, is a bit excessive here. Overall, the lighthouse and the battery are fun to see, but there's not much going on other than seeing those things. The chimney on the house attached to the lighthouse is nearly as tall as the lighthouse itself, and going to the top doesn't offer much of a better vista than standing on the cliff. The cannons that are still at the battery are great for perspective of what was in place once upon a time.
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