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Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend
(4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Set on a high bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, Fort Worden State Park is home to beautiful scenery and a wealth of recreational activities. The park, which spans 176 hectares (434 acres), was once a U.S. Army base and features a number of historical military buildings here. The Coast Artillery Museum informs visitors about coastal military history, focusing particularly on Washington's Puget Sound. You can explore the park via its 27 km (17 mi) of hiking trails or 19 km (12 mi) of biking trails. Bring a picnic, if you like, to enjoy in the picnic areas overlooking the cliffs of Artillery Hill or Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Cable House Canteen includes a cafe and convenience store. By using our Port Townsend itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Fort Worden State Park and other attractions in Port Townsend.
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  • We stayed in a great updated house on the grounds of Fort Worden. It had 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Bedding and towels were provided. It was a perfect place to hang out with friends. Nearby was a light h...  more »
  • beautiful park. worth taking the trip. take a blanket and picnic. If you are a rock hound there are many treasures to be found. Multiple sightings of sea faring critters. Wild berries were very sweet! 
  • Clean grounds & beach area. Nice view of the mainland. Good trails to get around the park. Admittance cost was reasonable. 
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  • Great piece of US history. Unique setting. The conditions of the lodging units is varied across the campus. Our particular apartment had an obnoxious street light outside. Also the whole building only had one thermostat making the upper units very hot and the lower units cool. Made it really hard to sleep. When you visit, be sure to take a hike and your the grounds and see the old batteries. Take flash lights with you so you can go in the tunnels. Have good walking shoes to go up and down hills and stairs. If you take a camera, take a tripod for those low light night painting opportunities. Have a cup of soup and coffee in the cafĂ©. There's so much to do at the park you will need to stay for a few days. We couldn't do it all. We are wanting to go back.
  • Taking a tour around this decently sized state park at the tip of Port Townsend, we were enamored by the beautiful view of the Cascade mountains with Baker and Ranier peaks clear as day, as well as their multiple beaches, forest trails, historic Chinese garden, and the grounds in general which afford for visitors/overnight guests from all over the world to have a rural, yet updated experience in the wild with modern day amenities we've all come to rely on. This historically preserved fort is now a hotel/hostel style campus with nearly all the original buildings, bunkers, and nostalgia kept intact. Well worth the visit for a day or an overnight stay! Best, ~S
  • Fort Worden is a beautiful park with a variety of options for day and overnight visitors. As a local, we often go here in the summer because of the sandy beach and the kids play in the old military bunkers. The historic buildings remain and have been restored and are used as cafes, small local organizations, offices, and there are a variety of sizes and options for overnight accommodations. There are trees, trails, campground and RV hookups, large, open grassy areas, as well as kayak rentals and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. A Discover Pass is required to access the beach, lower bunker and campground areas ($10/day or $30/year as of this posting).
  • It is a great park for everyone. It is an old army station so you can explore the bunkers and learn about the park and what had happened. So kids get to learn and have fun. There is an amazing beach, you can walk down to the light house. This is good for a nice day trip.
  • This is a great place to spend a weekend if you like to camp, play on the beach, ride bikes or take a hike to the many military bunkers. The beach campsites are mostly filled with large rv's and truck campers, but the sites are spaced pretty well, we stayed in site 12 and had great shade in 90 degree weather. The upper forest campsites are ok, but the sites don't seem to have a lot of trees between other campers. There is a great science center with live sea life that you can touch and the 5$ per adult also gives you access to the smaller exhibit just a quick walk across the street. Port Townsend is a cute little town with a lot going on, it took us 10 minutes on scooters. This place is definitely a place to put on your list to visit if you have never been here before.