Camping in the Northwest - From a family who thought they'd share notes
Fort Flagler State Park
 
Reservations through Washington State Parks.
 
Fort Flagler State Park is a 784-acre marine camping park surrounded on three sides by 19,100 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound, with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th-century-established military fort.  Visitors may explore the military museum, featuring an interactive display about area history.  The museum includes a gift shop.
Fort Flagler, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Worden and Fort Casey, once guarded nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890's, 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 Flagler is named after Brigadier General Daniel Webster Flagler.
 
Overall.
Such a large park full of lots of fun things to do - playground, water, beach, hiking, trails, along with 19th Century History.   The scenery is beautiful and looks right out to Port Townsend. 
 
Campsite.
We stayed in the lower campground (only one opened during the Spring).  Our family prefers campgrounds offering some privacy with trees, and other natural barriers, and with the exception of the spots right near the beach, Fort Flagler offers its guests privacy. 
 
The upper campground hadn’t yet been open for the Season, but the camp spots looked really nice and closer to the ridge offered a nice view of the Sound / Port Townsend.
 
Campground.
Very well maintained park, with a lot of offerings.
  • The gun batteries were very fun to explore for our family and because of its rustic nature provided some excellent photography backgrounds for family photos.
  • A fun, simple playground is offered in the lower part of the campground, surrounded by picnic tables, and a lot of grass.  Perfect for the entire family from baby strollers to wheelchairs!!
  • A boat dock is offered at the park along with other amenities including a horseshoe pit and a “concession” building in the lower campground that looked like it would open up to sell ice, firewood, and snacks.
  • We visited in May, which is not quite time for the park to be at full capacity and offer all of their amenities.  There were sightings of a lot of deer throughout the park.
 
Beach.
The beach at Fort Flagler was typical of a Puget Sound beach -- a bit rocky, with driftwood throughout.  Behind the concession stand seemed like it offered more sandy of a beach. 
 
Get a shellfish permit and go clamming in season. There is NOTHING like digging clams and taking them back to your campsite and cooking them up for dinner. Nothing. You'll find a lot of butter clams.
 
Vicinity.
Fort Flagler is on Marrowstone Island and only less than a 30 minute drive over to Port Townsend which is a real fun tourist spot, offering some great shopping, restaurants and adventures. 
 
Bikes or No Bikes?
Definitely bikes - nice pavement throughout the park makes it easy for all ages to ride bikes, eventhough there are some hills. 
 
Yes, we are camping, but we still need the Electronics.
Internet – ok connection
Cell phone - medium service
 
Something Fun.
Fort Flagler Summer Concert Series: Throughout the summer, Fort Flagler offers an annual summer concert series - live music in historic 19th century fort buildings.  The Summer Concert series is presented by the Friends of Fort Flagler. For more information, visit http://flaglerflashes.blogspot.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fort Flagler State Park
10541 Flagler Road
Nordland, WA 98358
360-385-1259
 
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