FORT WORDEN STATE PARK
FORT WORDEN STATE PARK
200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, Washington 98368
Phone: 360-344- 4400
Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center is a 434-acre multi-use park with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th century military fort.This historic fort offers a full-service conference center, an ideal setting for seminars, conferences, retreats, and family reunions. Historic 100-year Victorian parlors, spacious carpeted dormitories, and hook-up campsites can meet the needs of most any small or large conference group. The center has a dining facility and a wide range of meeting rooms. The park has a pleasantly informal atmosphere in a historically formal setting.
* Bobcats * Chipmunks * Coyotes * Deer or Elk * Foxes * Otters * Rabbits * Raccoons * Skunks * Squirrels * Weasels
* Crows or Ravens * Doves or Pigeons * Ducks * Eagles * Geese * Grouse * Gulls * Hawks * Herons * Hummingbirds * Jays * Ospreys * Owls * Pheasants * Quail * Woodpeckers * Wrens
Fish and sea life
* Clams * Crabs * Mussels * Octopuses * Oysters * Scallops * Sea Birds * Sea Cucumbers * Seals * Shellfish * Shrimp * Squid * Starfish * Whales * Bass * Cod * Eel * Perch * Red Snapper * Salmon * Shark * Steelhead * Tuna
* Cedar * Douglas Fir * Hemlock * Alder * Apple * Ash * Maple * Daisy * Foxglove * Lupines * Rhododendron * Rose * Berries * Eel Grass * Ferns * Moss or Lichens * Seaweed * Thistle
Fort Worden, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Flagler and Fort Casey, once guarded nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890s, became the first line of a fortification system designed to prevent a hostile fleet from reaching such targets as the Bremerton Naval Yard and the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Construction began in 1897 and continued in one form or another until the fort was closed in 1953. The property was purchased as a state park in 1955. Fort Worden is named after Rear Admiral John L. Worden.
Campers may enjoy this scenic and historic fort at two delightful campgrounds with 80 campsites that may be reserved up to one year in advance. Both campgrounds have restrooms with showers. Maximum site length is 75 feet (may have limited availability).
* Beach campground - features 50 full-service (water, electric and sewer) hookup sites tucked between the bluffs and the beaches of Point Wilson. The sites are level, spacious and open; most sites have an amazing view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. * Upper campground - features 30 sites with water and electricity, and a sewer dump station nearby. The campsites are mostly forested, some with privacy. They are fairly level, and quite long. This campground offers easy access to miles of trails.
Campsites are popular year round. Reservations are highly recommended. Campgrounds fill quickly year round. Please call (360) 344-4431 for individual campsite reservations.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
RV rally site
Fort Worden offers a rally site for groups only. Qualifying groups must have a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 22 self-contained RVs. Please contact the groups and conferences office for more details at (360) 344-4435. For individual campsite reservations, check availability online or call (360) 344-4431.
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Fort Worden offers dozens of outstanding day-use and picnic areas. Whether overlooking the high centennial cliffs of Artillery Hill and the often wild Straights of Juan de Fuca. Or a placid vista encompassing the distant Mt. Baker, framed by Pt. Wilson Lighthouse and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center on the end of the pier. Numerous day-use picnic tables and fireboxes provide the excellent picnic spot. The Cable House Canteen is an on-site food and convenience store, offering sundries, delicious burgers or hot breakfast entrees.
Trails: * 5 mi. ADA Hiking Trails * 12 mi. Hiking Trails * 12 mi. Bike Trails
Boating:* Boating (saltwater) * 2 boat ramps (saltwater) * 235 feet of dock (saltwater) * 235 feet of moorage (saltwater) * Diving * Fishing (saltwater) * Personal Watercraft (saltwater) * Swimming (saltwater) * Water Skiing (saltwater) * Crabbing
Other: * Alternative Fitness Classes * 1 Baseball/Softball Field * Beachcombing * Bird Watching * 2 Fire Circles * Interpretive Activities * Kayak and Bike Rentals * Mountain Biking * Museums * 2 Tennis Courts (resurfaced Spring 2007)
In addition to the activities listed above, several golf courses are nearby, along with the fascinating historic town of Port Townsend. The Olympic Mountains rise majestically nearby. From nearly everywhere, you can hear the cry of the gull and the call of the sea.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
Fort Worden State Park Conference Center is located in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, Wash.
From Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry to Fort Worden State Park
Depart from the ferry terminal, and drive straight (NE) on State Route (SR) 305 for approximately 13 miles. Drive through Poulsbo, and take a right onto the ramp for SR 3 to the Hood Canal Bridge - approximately 7 miles. At the lighted intersection for SR 104, take a left and remain on SR 104 for about 6 ? miles. At the intersection of SR 19, turn right. Stay on SR 19 for 14 miles; it will merge with SR 20. Continue straight (north) on SR 20 into Port Townsend, take a left on Kearney Street, right on Blaine Street, left on Cherry Street, and follow signs into the park.
From Canada/Northwest Washington to Fort Worden State Park
Travel south on Interstate 5 to Highway 20 (Burlington exit). Follow Highway 20 west through Oak Harbor and Coupeville to Keystone Ferry, approximately 42 miles. Take the Keystone Ferry to Port Townsend. Depart from the ferry terminal and turn left onto Water Street. At the first stop light, turn right onto Kearney Street. At the first stop sign take a right on Blaine Street. At the next stop sign, take a left on Cherry Street, and follow signs into the park.
From Edmonds-Kingston Ferry to Fort Worden State Park
Depart from the ferry terminal and drive straight on State Route (SR) 104. Follow signs to stay on SR 104 through Port Gamble to the Hood Canal Bridge, approximately nine miles. At the lighted intersection for SR 104, turn right and remain on SR 104 for about 6.5 miles. At the intersection of SR 19, turn right. Stay on SR 19 for 14 miles; it will merge with SR 20. Continue straight (north) on SR 20 into Port Townsend. Turn left onto Kearney Street, and at the first stop sign turn right on Blaine Street. At the next stop sign, turn left on Cherry Street, and follow signs into the park.
From Tacoma to Fort Worden State Park
Follow Highway 16 across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and follow the signs to Bremerton, approximately 27 miles, where the highway changes names to SR 3. Follow SR 3 about 25 miles to the Hood Canal Bridge. At the lighted intersection for SR 104, turn left and remain on SR 104 for about 6.5 miles. At the intersection of SR 19, turn right. Stay on SR 19 for 14 miles; it will merge with SR 20. Continue straight (north) on SR 20 into Port Townsend. Turn left onto Kearney Street, and at the first stop sign turn right on Blaine Street. At the next stop sign, turn left on Cherry Street, and follow signs into the park.
From Olympia to Fort Worden State Park
Take US 101 northbound towards Quilcene. About 12 miles past Quilcene, bear right onto SR 20. Follow SR 20 approximately eight miles then turn left at the lighted intersection, which keeps you on SR 20. Continue straight (north) on SR 20 into Port Townsend. Turn left onto Kearney Street, and at the first stop sign turn right on Blaine Street. At the next stop sign, turn on Cherry Street, and follow signs into the park.