Fort Worden State Park - Port Townsend, Washington - Offering Two Campsites and a Historical Conference Center Along the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Fort Worden State Park is comprised of 434 acres of multi use park facilities and over two miles of shoreline. The saltwater shoreline provides a view of the Puget Sound and the park itself sits atop a bluff providing even more great views of the Sound.

The historic Fort is located in the park and provides a full service conference center for visitors. The conference center is a popular setting for seminars, retreats, conferences, and even private family reunions. The center offers a dining area and meeting rooms as well as an informal and comfortable atmosphere.

The historic setting is unique and houses 100 year old parlors and spacious dormitories. There are over 465 bedrooms in the conference center and 35 individual housing units are available for rent year round. The houses are fully equipped with kitchen facilities including coffee makers, all kitchen utensils, dinnerware and cookware. Housing options include one-bedroom units with a living room or even six-bedroom spacious rentals. All of the accommodations are situated within the park grounds with miles of hiking trails, sandy beach fronts, and spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Cascade Mountains. Reservations should be made well in advance due to popularity. Online reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

Camping amenities are also available in the state park. There are two campgrounds available year round with 80 campsites. The Beach Campground offers 50 full-service campsites located between the bluffs and surrounding beaches of Point Wilson. The campsites are flat in nature, with wide open spaces. A majority of the sites offer views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The hookup sites offer water, electric, and sewer amenities. The Upper Campground has 30 sites, also with water and electricity. A sewer dump station is located nearby. These campsites are not flat and open, but rather private and forested. While fairly level, the campsites offer easy access to miles of miles of hiking trails. Both campgrounds offer showers and restrooms. Check in times for the two campsites are 2:30 p.m. and check out time is 1 p.m. Recognized quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

With so much wildlife in the area, Fort Worden has become a popular place to view animals and birds like chipmunks, otters, rabbits, weasels, ducks, eagles, geese, and even coyotes and elk. Since the shoreline is saltwater, clams, scallops, crabs and mussels can be obtained with nets and digging. Plant life is vast and the area is covered with cedars, hemlock, fir, wild roses, ferns, and lichen. The park offers a world of exploration into many different ecosystems.

Aside from hiking and exploring, the park and camp offers tennis courts that were resurfaced in 2007, museums of history, two fire circles, mountain biking, kayak and bike rentals, and two boat ramps. Equipment rentals are done on a first come first serve basis at reasonable fees. A wide variety of kayaks and rowboats are available for rent at just $25 for the first hour and $10 each additional hour. The park provides fun and adventure for the entire family.

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