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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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  • This is an early 20th century military base that has been decommissioned and turned into a State Park. There are myriad things to do and most of the original facilities are still existing and in use.....  more
    This is an early 20th century military base that has been decommissioned and turned into a State Park. There are myriad things to do and most of the original facilities are still existing and in use.....  more »
  • The history/batteries/fort is very interesting, such a fun place for all ages! We explored the area and did a whale watching tour out of Port Townsend and a day trip to Sol Duc Hot Springs. 
    The history/batteries/fort is very interesting, such a fun place for all ages! We explored the area and did a whale watching tour out of Port Townsend and a day trip to Sol Duc Hot Springs.  more »
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  • If you are looking for a State Park to WOW you, consider Fort Worden Historical State Park, 430+ acres located in Port Townsend in Washington State. This United States Army base was not only an Army base but later became a juvenile detention facility in 1957. And in 1971, Washington State Parks and Recreation took it over, becoming a State Park in 1973. Built by a British citizen known as Reverend John Barrow Alexander in 1883 was "Alexander Castle," the oldest building in Fort Worden. But the actual construction of the Fort was started in 1897 and closed as a base in 1953. There is so much beauty to see and history about Fort Worden; I've recently read some visitors say that Fort Worden appears to be haunted. Whatever your reason for visiting this Fort, it will surely wow you in more than one way. Fort Worden offers a sandy beach, abandoned artillery batteries for exploring, Point Wilson Lighthouse, a balloon hanger, museums, trails, wildlife, marine science center, camping area, day use site areas, and picnic places. Did I mention that there are cabins, shelters, conference centers, and historic structures to rent throughout the year? And so much more. A wedding was happening when we were there! I urge you to visit; even if you are a resident of Washington State or visiting Washington for the first time, this park is fabulous! Also, you get the benefit of being in Port Townsend; Port Townsend alone offers a slue of history and beauty! Shoutouts to every employee, volunteer or otherwise. These people have dedicated their time in keeping this park safe, lovely and litter free. If you choose to visit (I sincerely hope you do) this or any other park, please be respectful of the parks, wildlife and the employees. Clean up your messes, and enjoy what any park offers, not by drawing on or destroying it but by learning from them and appreciating all they have to offer, and remember Be kind to ALL living things!!!!
  • Nice park, recommend coming here! Stopped here and walked out into the water and enjoyed time building sand castles on the beach. It was clean and nice! Lots of birds which means lots of bird poop so watch out. Summary : Enjoyed a nice evening here with the family and I'm sure you will too!

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