Fort Worden State Park

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.
  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. Governance
  4. History
  5. Maps

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 Straights of Juan de Fuca, or a placid vista encompassing the distant Mt. Baker, framed by Port 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
  • 5 miles of ADA hiking trails
  • 12 miles of biking trails
  • 12 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
  • 235-feet of dock
  • 235-feet of moorage
  • 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
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 noon to 4 p.m., with extended hours Memorial Day through Labor Day 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 360-344-4400. Admission is $2 for adults, free for children under age 12.

Rothschild House is open May 1 through September 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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