Camping in the Northwest - From a family who thought they'd share notes
Fort Worden State Park
 
 
Reservations made through Washington State Parks.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Fort Worden last served as a military base in the 1950s.  It was donated to the State of Washington in the 1970's.  The water views and the Victorian era architecture make you feel as though you have stepped back in time.  Many scenes from "An Officer and a Gentleman" were filmed there, and you can't help but hum "Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong" as you walk around.  Walk up on the old batteries and take in the view! 
 
Overall.
A very scenic campground offering some history lessons along with a lot of activities to enjoy.  We visited this park (before this website idea had been developed, therefore only mental notes are being used) while there was an annual kayak race / tournament (?) was going on.  There was a lot of activity right on the beaches with the kayaks going in and out.
 
Fort Worden is part museum, part campground and a total family-friendly camping package whether you're pitching a tent or hooking up the camper. 

Campground.
There almost is two different choices of parks to camp in at Fort Worden:
  1. Beach Campground - features 50 full service hookup sites tucked between the bluffs and beaches of Point Wilson.  The sites are level, spacious and open, with most having an amazing view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  2. Upper Campground - features 30 sites with water and electricity, and a sewer dump station nearby.  These campsites are mostly forested, some with privacy.  They are fairly level, and quite long.  This campground offers easy access to miles of trails.
Eventhough there are not any playgrounds, the beach itself is a natural playground.  You could spend hours on that beach taking in the spectacular views.
 
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 RV's. 
 
Other Accommodations.
With 456 bedrooms, Fort Worden State Park Conference Center offers a wide variety of overnight accommodations for family vacations, conferences, reunions and retreats.  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.
  • Century old officers' housing
  • Castle
  • Special one room houses
  • Large dormitories
 
Bikes or No Bikes?
The bikes would be fine to ride around the campground / park -- however there are some big hills throughout.
 
Vicinity.
  • The fascinating historic town of Port Townsend is only a few miles outside the campground gates.  It is a very quaint community right on the water offering shopping, restaurants and daily needs. 
 
Yes, we are camping. But we still need the Electronics.
Cell phone service: (unsure)
Air Card: (unsure)

Misc.
  • Beach campground is in the same vicinity as the Point Wilson Lighthouse.
  • The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is right in the middle of the park, on the way to the Beach campground.
  • Fort Worden offers many places for food and fun.  Within the conference center area, there is a gift shop, Cablehouse Canteen and museums.

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Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center
200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-344-4400
 
 
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