Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles

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#2 of 9 in Nature in Clallam County
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Salt Creek Recreation Area is a 196-acre park located about 15 miles west of Port Angeles, Washington on U.S. Route 101 near the city of Joyce, Washington. The park was previously Camp Hayden, a World War II military camp built 1942–1945. It was purchased by the Federal General Services Administration after the war. There are still several structures left from the fort, including two large casemates which sheltered 16" guns and several other structures. The 16-inch battery was Battery 131, with two ex-Navy 16-inch Mark 2 guns capable of firing a one-ton projectile around 28 miles connected by a large magazine bunker. The camp also had Battery 249, which had two 6-inch guns with a bunker housing magazines and fire control equipment.
The park now has a number of camping spots, most overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and mountains all year long. The park provides access to Tongue Point and Striped Peak along with sandy beaches, upland forests, rocky bluffs, and several trails. The recreation area complete with a baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter, playground, and horseshoe pits is also available for use. The park hosts the Salt Creek Invitational cross country meet in mid-September every year, featuring high school teams from around western Washington. Beautiful views are also a big part of Salt Creek such as those from the top of Striped Peak, of Crescent Bay, of the Strait, and of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
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  • We arrived at low tide solely to explore the tide pools. There is a vast area to explore and easy to maintain distance from other visitors. Water shoes are recommended, and bring a rain jacket if any....  more »
  • This is a really nice campground for both RV's and tent campers. The RV slots are large and most have a water view. The tent campground seemed to have some really nice secluded spots. Camp host...  more »
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  • This is one place that feels off the beaten path of many coastal towns. It feels a lot more removed like it was about 30 years ago. Area is nice and secluded and there's not too many people in this particular area. If you want to get away to really get lost and to hear yourself think for a very long period of time, this is probably the place to go. The area is very Scenic and fun and adventurous to look around.but also cozy and very Scenic.
  • Always forget about the great jams we have in our back yard. Most any time of year and most any tide, this is a great place to visit and enjoy the nature around the salt water! Surfing/boogy boarding sand castles feeling the waves on your skin....I love it! Every visit I remind myself to return much sooner!

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