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Fort Casey State Park, Coupeville

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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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  • Fly a kite/see and play in the bunkers or visit the lighthouse. They have a great staff and crew that take great pride in keeping the historical nature of the park. 
  • On New Years day our son suggested going to the park to see the Fort. Being a history teacher he wanted to see the Fort the grounds and the guns. Well it was bitter cold but beautiful. The view of the...  more »
  • One of three forts for the protection back during the war of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Barracks, bunks, light house, cannons, campground and Fort Casey inn stay in old houses. 
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  • Awesome place to explore if you're a WWII buff, still awesome if you're not. Fort, trails, beach, lighthouse... Great way to spend a day.
  • 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.
  • Sunsets at Ft Casey and just Wonderful with the sunset moving with the seasons sometimes over the ocean Sometimes over the Mountains This Place has Great Views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and the Straight of Juan De Fuca Visit the Big Guns from the Spanish - US War The US was concerned that the Spanish would attempt to destroy the ship yard in Bremerton. At times Tame Deer will come out (Please Keep Your Dog on a leash, and clean-up ;) Make sure you go to Deception Pass you will love the Kodak Moments there too
  • 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).
  • Great views, huge park, a lot of history. Google "Fort Casey history" when you visit for an even more informative experience.