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Manchester State Park, Port Orchard

(4.2/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
Manchester State Park is a 111acre Washington state park with of shoreline on the Kitsap Peninsula. It was at one time a harbor defense installation for the protection of nearby Bremerton, then a fuel supply depot and Navy fire-fighting station. The park contains a former torpedo warehouse built in 1901, a mining casement, and a gun battery. Park activities include picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, hiking on of trails, birdwatching, volleyball, wildlife viewing, and horseshoes.
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  • I used to work in Seattle (and commute from Port Orchard - a 4 hour round trip - but that's another story!) I had to chuckle when someone at work announce they were going camping - at Manchester State...  more »
  • Nice location right on the water in Manchester, with beautiful surroundings. Perfect place for a picnic, nature hike, walk on the beach, bbque, or just somewhere two play outdoor games with family. Th...  more »
  • We love going to this park for both camping or picnicking. It's a beautiful setting for a former military site. It makes for a nice afternoon hike, as well.  more »
  • A park on the Olympic Peninsula. Of course it's a garden of Eden!!! Nice "developed" trails, plenty of parking. No boat launch, canoe/kayak launch, not much of a beach, pretty much gone at a high tide. Our state wants your $ to get in but really doesn't wanna do much other than empty out the few trash bins.
  • Beautiful place to spend a day. Nice trails through trees and along the water front.
  • This is my favorite so far,Ranger Sean was very nice,I told her this was the cleanest,so far.How beautiful this park is.....the little Plato is a total thinking spot. :) Clean,shower are great,and the military history very interesting, not really a park for water playing,I suggest Belfair state park,if you want to play in water :) my opinion
  • This is a great place to camp with kids. There are easy hikes around, and the road connecting the campgrounds is slow and safe with plenty of visibility. There were a dozen or so kids we saw over the weekend, walking the loop or riding their bikes and scooters around. The campsites are decently spread out, so you're not camping on top of your neighbors. It's also an easy drive from the ferry. The one major drawback is that at low tide, the smell of the seaweed on the beach can waft into the campsites of the wind is right. There is a large building available to rent for parties or events. It's an old armory that been restored and can be transformed with the right decorations.
  • The park is beautiful and full of history. The campsites are fairly private and the bathrooms in the campground have showers. The showers do require tokens instead of taking quarters. Just watch out for the poison oak.