Fort Worden Historical State Park

NOTICE: Changes in campsite reservations at Fort Worden


Reservations for campsites and the beach shelter are now handled through Washington State Parks' reservation system, either online or by phone: (888) 226-7688. 

For inquiries and reservations regarding dormitories, vacation homes and other accommodations at the park, please contact the Fort Worden Public Development Authority at: (360) 344-4400 or visit online at: fortworden.org


Hidden gun emplacements, expansive parade lawns and restored Victorian-era Officers homes place history front and center at Fort Worden Historical State Park.

While today’s park hosts workshops, festivals and family reunions, the Fort Worden of 100 years ago was home to nearly 1,000 troops and officers training to defend the Puget Sound from potential enemy invaders.

Fort Worden, Fort Flagler and Fort Casey, with their big guns and strategic locations, once made up the coastal defense system known as, “The Triangle of Fire.” Constructed between 1898 and 1917, fascinating Fort Worden features more than 2 miles of beachfront and high bluffs with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Want a comprehensive history lesson? Start at the Friends of Fort Worden Gift Shop, and grab a self-guided walking tour map. Stop into the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum, Commanding Officer’s House and Marine Science Center. Enjoy a meal in the Guard House Pub, and peruse the photogenic 1914 Point Wilson Lighthouse. Explore defunct coastal defense batteries, and imagine the compound teeming with enlisted men, officers and staff during World War I and II.  

Nurture your creative side by attending a world-class conference or retreat at the fort. Stay in a barracks-turned-dormitory, a Commanding Officer’s home or a castle. Or camp at the beach, and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing gently on the shore. 

This rich cultural treasure will delight military and maritime history buffs, as well as writers, musicians, visitors to nearby Port Townsend and anyone who’s up for a great place to stay. 

Park Features 
Fort Worden Historical State Park is a 433-acre multi-use park with more than 2 miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities, including a full-service conference center that can be booked for daylong or multi-day events. 

The park is co-managed by the Fort Worden Public Development Authority, which runs the overnight lodging and partners with Centrum Arts Foundation and other on-site organizations to provide unique experiences for visitors. For more information, visit online.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. At Fort Worden a Discover Pass is required to visit at a campsite, in the beach area and at the main trailheads for day use parking. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

Public Development Authority


The Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center, located in the park’s main campus, is operated by the Fort Worden Public Development Authority (PDA). Information about food, lodging, programs and events at the learning center can be found on the PDA's website

Fort Worden Advisory Committee


The Fort Worden Advisory Committee was created by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in 1973 to provide assistance and recommendations for the development and operation of Fort Worden State Park. Specifically, the committee provides a venue for public input and advice to executive leadership on matters relating to the operation and management of Fort Worden State Park. The committee has 11 voting members and 7 ex officio members. It meets the third Thursday of every month. To contact a committee member, please see the committee roster. The approved bylaws are available for review. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted below.
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  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. Governance
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA Amenities/Facilities


  • Campground
  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities


Fort Worden offers dozens of outstanding day-use and picnic areas. Whether overlooking the high centennial cliffs of Artillery Hill, the often wild Strait of Juan de Fuca, or a placid vista encompassing the distant Mt. Baker, framed by Point Wilson Lighthouse and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center on the end of the pier. Numerous day-use picnic tables and fire boxes provide for an excellent picnic spot. The Cable House Canteen is an on-site food and convenience store, offering sundries, delicious burgers or hot breakfast entrées.

Activities


Trails


  • 2.6 miles of ADA hiking trails
  • 8.3 miles of biking trails
  • 11.2 miles of hiking trails

Water Activities & Features


  • 120-feet of dock
  • 6 moorage buoys
  • Boating
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Personal watercraft
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • Two boat ramps
  • Water skiing

Other Activities & Features


  • Alternative fitness classes
  • Baseball / softball field
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird watching
  • Kayak and bike rentals
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums
  • Two fire circles
  • Two tennis courts
  • Visitor center and gift shop

Interpretative Opportunities


The Coast Artillery Museum was established to preserve and interpret coast artillery history with special emphasis on the harbor defenses of Puget Sound as they existed and functioned from the late 1800s to the end of World War II. Among the collections and artifacts, visitors will see a three-dimensional scale model of Battery Kinzie showing the design and structure of the massive fortifications and the emplacements for the two 12-inch disappearing guns that were kept in readiness for possible attack from 1910 to 1943. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Commanding Officer's Quarters overlooks Admiralty Inlet with the Cascades in the background. Completed in 1904, 33 families called this place home during the days of the fort. The building has been restored and furnished in keeping with the late Victorian period (1890 - 1910), providing a glimpse into the life of an officer and his family in the first decade of this century. Special tours can be arranged by calling (360) 385-1003. Admission is $2 for adults, free for children under age 12. 

The Commanding Officer's Quarters is open daily April 1 through Sept. 30 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays in October and November from noon to 5 p.m.
 
Rothschild House is open daily May 1 through Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is open April 1 through Oct. 31.

Additional Information


  • There are several golf courses nearby.
  • Visit 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.
  • Rent kayaks (singles) for $25 first hour, $10 each additional hour. A variety of kayaks and rowboats are available.