Located at the northeast tip of Port Townsend, WA, Fort Worden State Park comprises over 400 acres of wooded hillsides, coastal wetlands, and sandy beaches. Originally a US Army base, begun in the late 19th century, Fort Worden was decommissioned in the 1950s and sold to the State of Washington. Fort Worden State Park opened in 1973.
When you arrive, follow the park’s main avenue to the Guardhouse Gift Shop and Information Center. Here you will find trail guides, park maps, and information on Fort Worden’s year-round events. Open daily, the park is home to a variety of family-friendly outdoor activities for all ages and abilities, from ADA hiking trails and easy access beaches to mountain biking and kayaking. Fort Worden also offers bike and kayak rentals, on-site lodging in historic houses, campgrounds with RV sites, and picnic areas.
Any history or military buffs in the family? If so, be sure to explore the park’s historic buildings, expansive parade grounds, and interpretive museums. At the Coast Artillery Museum, experience coastal artillery bunkers firsthand. Or join a free tour of nearby Point Wilson Lighthouse, held on Saturdays in the summer.