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Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend

Categories: State Parks, Military Facilities, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • 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 th...  read more »
  • There is a well-maintained former Army base containing a variety of military buildings, army barracks, officer's quarters, chapel etc. Also a lighthouse and forested RV park next to the shoreline. Rui...  read more »
  • A Peace Corps group held a reunion for three days, bright and sunny, perfect timing, views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier, good facilities. Housing was in large old officers' houses, plenty of space, re...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The best leg-stretching nature walk, with the best views, can be found here. A little history, a little bird watching, fresh air and the fragrance of forest shared with an occasional deer or bunny and lovely forest flowers make for a great getaway from urban stress. Picnic, get something from the Commons, food is good, prices reasonable! Be sure to catch the secret garden of poetry and sculpture installation at Memories Vault: profound. Many visitors miss it entirely.
  • 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 place is fantastic. Besides an amazing setting, the customer service is outstanding. My son lost his backpack somewhere so we called in and spoke to Holly. She called back two months later and had found it so she mailed it back to us. Amazing!
  • This might be one of my favorite places on earth now. I want to find a way to live here... somehow! They have everything: food, camping, entertainment, beaches, wildlife, activities, history, military, beautiful scenery, I could go on and on. Absolutely fantastic.
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