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Fort Worden State Park


200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 344- 4
No Email Address
http://www.parks.wa.gov/fortworden
2 Reviews
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I stayed here in March 2009, but the drop down menu only allowed 2008! I wouldn't call this a State "Park," this is more of a State RESORT! This is a former military base that is now used as a beautiful conference and retreat center, to include RV camping with full water/electric/sewer hookups. There is also a lighthouse, a little farther away. The rate I am showing is for the Beach campground, the Upper campground is $1 less. These rates are on par with what Washington State charges for state parks. The RV slots are paved and long. I stayed at the Beach campground. The sites are "back-in" at one end and "pull through" (in wide arc's) on the other end. In the beach area, if you have a back-in against the trees, you have to drive all the way to the end, then go around the "turn around" and come back in order to "back-in" to those spots. The RV slots that face the beach have only a view of the sand dunes, but it's a short walk to the beach. This is a popular park and reservations are suggested any time of the year, although it wasn't full the weekend I was here. If you reserve on the website, you pay an $8 reservation fee. If you call the Conference center directly, you do not pay the reservation fee. The "Commons" dining hall serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also an espresso shop with sandwiches and pastries. Both are "cash only" and are rather pricey, you might as well be eating at the Marriott. The first Sunday of each month, the Commons features a fabulous Sunday Brunch between 10:00 and 1:00 for $16.95. Well worth it! If you choose to partake of the food at the Commons, recommend purchasing prepaid food cards when you check in for camping. You can pay for these cards with your credit card so you don't have to worry about having a lot of cash. This is a fairly new program. When I was there, the Commons employees didn't know how to deal with the prepaid cards and apparently had not been informed about them. The Park Ranger and the folks at the check in office got it straightened out. If you need to do laundry, the Conference center allows guests to use their laundry building only between the hours of around "4:00-ish" PM to around "8:30-ish" PM each night. Verizon AirCard worked very well here. TV reception via antenna for the local channels was decent on digital channels, and "passable" on analog channels still out there. Lastly, very important! If you come here off the Keystone/Port Townsend ferry, IGNORE your GPS if it instructs you to take a right turn off the ferry. Instead, follow the well placed signs and turn left. If you follow your GPS and turn right, you will end up taking a route up some steep and hairy roads. Follow the SIGNS! Great park for family outings!

   

Received from JJ for visit in Mar 2009


Site Number: 11
Stay Again? YES
Terrific state park at the tip of a peninsula in Port Townsend, WA. The campsites are split between the beach and a forest. All the sites are spacious and full hookups are available. A lot to see and do in this former Army post. We hiked the artillery batteries and saw seals on the beach. Nearby Port Townsend is also worthwhile. Overall, a great place to stay.

   

Received from Robert T for visit in Oct 2007


Site Number: 21
Stay Again? YES



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