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Fort Worden State Park
Fort Worden State Park
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.
Nature of the Area
Mammals

* Bobcats * Chipmunks * Coyotes * Deer or Elk * Foxes * Otters * Rabbits * Raccoons * Skunks * Squirrels * Weasels

Birds

* 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

Plant life

* Cedar * Douglas Fir * Hemlock * Alder * Apple * Ash * Maple * Daisy * Foxglove * Lupines * Rhododendron * Rose * Berries * Eel Grass * Ferns * Moss or Lichens * Seaweed * Thistle
History of the Area
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.
Lodge
With 456 bedrooms, Fort Worden State Park Conference Center offers a wide variety of overnight accommodations for family vacations, conferences, reunions and retreats. Visitors may choose from century-old officers' housing, a castle, special one-room houses and large dormitories. All accommodations are located on beautiful state park grounds that have miles of trails, sandy beaches and unparalleled views of the Cascades and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.Houses at Fort Worden

There are 35 housing units available for renting year round. Houses range from six-bedroom to single-bedroom units with living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens. All the houses have fully equipped kitchens (coffee makers, utensils, dinnerware and cookware) and have full linen service. These houses are very popular with conferences and travelers. Reservations may be made online, by phone or mail up to one year in advance of arrival date.

Dormitories - Buildings 225, 202 and 203

These buildings were built in 1904 and served as barracks for soldiers stationed at Fort Worden. The facilities now are used for both overnight accommodations as well as conferences for groups of 16 or more. These dormitories provide comfortable accommodations, either with the privacy of individual rooms or the openness of large sleeping bays. The dorms are carpeted, have ample restroom facilities and can accommodate up to 365 guests. In addition to the sleeping rooms, select dorms have large, meeting areas where groups may gather. The first levels of dorms 203 and 225 comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Non-Commissioned Officers? row

These five duplex homes and three single houses were intended for Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs are sergeants with three or more rank stripes) with families. The houses were built between 1904 and 1915. Some homes have been renovated to be single units and one to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The rates below include full-linen service for bedrooms and bathrooms. Fort Worden practices "Green Housekeeping," encouraging our guests to help conserve water and related power associated with laundering by reusing towels instead of having them replaced daily.

Officers? row

The eight houses and one apartment building were originally constructed between 1904 and 1915. These houses served as the home of officers stationed at Fort Worden, and the apartment house was home to 12 bachelor officers. Each home had servant's quarters on the third floor. Of the eight officers? houses, seven are duplexes and one is a four unit apartment.

Officers' Housing provides the most comfortable lodging experience for your group or conference. The rates below include full-linen service for bedrooms and bathrooms. Since 1999, Fort Worden has practiced "Green Housekeeping," encouraging our guests to help conserve water and related power associated with laundering by reusing towels instead of having them replaced daily.

Barbeque grills may be reserved in advance; ask customer service staff for details. All units, except Building 16, have at least one fireplace. Only compressed fuel logs can be burned in the fireplaces and can be purchased at the park office. All kitchens include a variety of kitchen items. Review the complete list to decide if you need to bring other items to make your stay more comfortable.

Barbeque grills may be reserved in advance; ask customer service staff for details. All kitchens include a variety of kitchen items. Review the complete list to decide if you need to bring other items to make your stay more comfortable.
Camping
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.
Meeting Rooms
Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center has a variety of meeting rooms, accommodations, food services and recreational opportunities available to make sure your event is memorable. Fort Worden is a delightful place to gather with business associates or other people with shared interests.

Park staff will help find the best accommodations for your group. To ensure your gathering is successful and enjoyable, we offer individual attention to planning your event. Your gathering is important, and we want to ensure every detail is addressed. For your convenience, we have experienced planning staff available seven days a week to make sure your stay at Fort Worden is wonderful.

Conference and convention planners with 32 or more participants for an event may reserve facilities up to two years in advance. Beginning in December 2006, conference and convention planners who reserve overnight accommodations, food services and meeting rooms for 100 or more participants may reserve facilities more than two years in advance.
Events
April 24 - April 29
Centrum: Water World
Drawing, doodling, tinkering and painting become the tools at hand to discover the marine world when Darwin works with young artists and scientists. Use new discoveries about fish, plankton, whales, insects, and geology (and more!) in your art and in an artist's handmade journal. Darwin guides you in how to use observation with a variety of materials in a creative process informed by nature.

Time: All Day

April 27 - May 1
Centrum: Choro
Our popular Choro workshop is back and better than ever with new offerings and a new faculty member. Dudu Maia is coordinating an expansion of the schedule which will allow the faculty more time to explore current and historical players and styles in addition to master classes, group sessions and, of course, lots of playing. Whether you're new to the workshop or have attended several, you'll get lots of new information.

Time: All Day

May 28
Walking Tour of Artillery Hill and Harbor Entrance Control Post
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day the Harbor Entrance Control Post will be open for tours on Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM, and there is a free, guided Walking Tour of Artillery Hill beginning at 1 PM on Saturdays, starting in the grassy field near Battery Randol. The walking tour covers 1-1.5 miles and can last up to 2 hours if people are interested, but you're welcome to join up or leave at any time. A flashlight is advised, but not required.

Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Contact: 360-385-0373

May 29
Port Townsend Chamber Music Series
Winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Calder Quartet is known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today's best emerging composers. The group works and collaborates with artists across musical genres, spanning the ranges of the classical and contemporary music world. In residence for Centrum's 2016 chamber music workshop, the quartet will lead a week of master classes and coachings, culminating in the season finale of Centrum's chamber music festival. The Calder's program is subject to change.

Time: 2:00 PM

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Boats and RVs
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WABoat Rentals
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
89.2 miles from park*


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Picnicking
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.
Area Attractions
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.
Things To Do in the Area
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival - Rollingbay, WAArts/Cultural/Drama
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival is a family-focused music event organized by volunteers. The festival brings diverse music to the community, raising funds for local charities, this year PAWs of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.
34.2 miles from park*
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WAFamily Outting
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
89.2 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 18 Lots to do! by Riverbum
Fort Worden State Park is probably one of the most complete parks when it comes to things to do. Camping of course with two campgrounds, hiking, beaches, boat ramp, museums, exhibits, gift shops, convenience store and housing facilities. Everything with in the park property. Also close to Port Townsend.


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Directions
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.

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