Fort Ebey State Park

Planning a multi-day camping stay? You won’t run out of things to do at Fort Ebey State Park!

Set on the western side of Whidbey Island, Fort Ebey was constructed as a coastal defense fort during the Second World War. Its battery was dug into a high bluff and is great fun for kids, adult kids and World War II aficionados. Don’t forget your headlamp or flashlight. The park’s concrete gun emplacements and underground rooms are great for exploration. 

Emerging from the battery, you’ll find 25 miles of mixed-use walking and bike trails, and 3 miles of bike-only trails. The bluff trail overlooks Admiralty Inlet and offers peek-a-boo views of Point Wilson Lighthouse across the bay. Douglas-fir and hemlock provide shade along forested trails sprinkled with pink big-leaf rhododendrons in season. One more thing: Fort Ebey sunsets are unbeatable on a clear evening. 

Seaweed harvesting is allowed on the beach between April 16 and May 15; be sure to get a seaweed and shellfish license.

Into active outdoor play? Surfing is a popular beach activity, and paragliding is allowed. Paragliders like to take off from the former parade lawn on the bluff. For observers, it’s a stunning visual to behold. 

Park features


Fort Ebey State Park is a 649-acre camping park on Whidbey Island.
Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island periodically fly over the campground while engaged in local training. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for campers. At various times during the day and night, the aviators may engage in Field Carrier Landing Practice for imminent operations aboard aircraft carriers. The park and naval station have been neighbors since 1942, and park staff stays in regular contact with officials at NAS Whidbey Island. We will do our best to notify campers of anticipated Field Carrier Landing Practice periods. Although State Parks cannot be responsible for the jet noise, we do share visitor concerns with representatives of Naval Air Station Whidbey.
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ADA amenities/facilities


  • Campground
  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail

Picnic & day-use facilities


The park has 25 unsheltered picnic tables. Picnic sites are located at the Gun Battery, the beach area, and the Point Partridge area. All unsheltered picnic tables are first come, first served. There are two reservable log picnic shelters. The shelter areas have two covered picnic tables, two uncovered picnic tables, and two large BBQ grills. One shelter is located near the beach area and has a medium size grass area. The second shelter is located at the Gun Battery picnic area and has a grass area. The Beach picnic shelter will accommodate up to 50 people. The Gun Battery picnic shelter will accommodate up to 150 people.

An additional Special Activity Permit is required for group activities and events such as wedding ceremonies, races, other sports events etc. For additional information and a permit contact the park at (360) 678-4636.

Activities


Trails


  • 25 miles of biking trails
  • 28 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features


  • Freshwater fishing

Other activities & features


  • Amphitheater
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Park Store

Interpretive opportunities


Visitors may explore concrete bunkers built for the original military fort in 1942.


Additional information


  • There are two large fields that will accommodate sports activities, but there are no nets or field-markings.
  • There is a popular surfing area on the park's saltwater shoreline.
  • Seaweed harvesting is allowed at this park from April 16 - May 15 with a seaweed and shellfish license.
  • Lake Pondilla has limited fishing for smallmouth bass. The short walk to the lake is not vehicle-accessible.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.