Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend

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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. Our Port Townsend trip maker website makes visiting Fort Worden State Park and other Port Townsend attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We happened to drive out here near sunset as we explored the area and were treated to a stunning sunset over the water from this most interesting park. Has places to stay, camp, picnic, and a lighthou...  more »
  • During multi-day stays in Port Townsend, this is my go-to park to jog, hike, beach comb and stop by the Commons for a beverage and rest room  more »
  • Being a retired military member and see the old Officer's Row housing was great. At the museum you can see how the officer's lived at the turn of the 20th century. The old housing unit are available a...  more »
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  • There are so many neat things to do at Fort Worden there is no way you could just fit it into one day! It has the best sandy beaches in town and nice walking walking trails throughout, many of which are handicapped accessible. The bunkers are fun for all ages and they all host a plethora of events during the year that are always exciting. Also, the year round majestic view will never disappoint.
  • There are no tours, no guides, no docents. Let your imagination and curiosity lead the way. Bring a flashlight as there is no interior lighting. Explore every nook and cranny. Take a walk back in history, almost as they left it. Watch out for potential danger as weather has taken a toll and exposed metal pipes, there are openings in the floor. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view from the top/roof. Great place to play hide-n-seek for older children, teens and even adults. Urban exploring at its finest.
  • Fort Worden State Park is a gem right in the city of Port Townsend Washington. They have turned many of the old military buildings into businesses and places to stay with many events. There are two campgrounds, one on the beach (nice) and one that is by the buildings and is OK. But we come to take walks, take in the views and see wildlife. Deer are common and bald eagles are often seen. The old military installations are interesting to explore. The views are great.
  • Great experience! We enjoyed walking around and trying to picture what it may have looked liked way back when. It was fun walking through the hidden walkways. (Bring a flashlight or your phone.) I would definitely recommend stopping here if you are in the area!
  • Years ago I would have given the park 5 stars. That was when there was no cost. Then there was a permit fee just drive in. That developed into the discovery pass to access the shoreline and lighthouse. However, years ago the park wad in great condition. No peeling paint. No rusty structures. For many years the park has needed alot of maintenance. Where's all that access fee money going to!?!?!?!?
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