Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $45.00
I love Port Townsend, and Fort Worden is the best RV campground in the area - but it ain't cheap! You choose a class of campsite, and then they assign you a space. I asked for a "preferred" beach pull-through site with full hookups, and I got exactly what I wanted. I reserved 6 weeks ahead. Every site was booked while we were there. The sites are very open, yet widely spaced. The beach is across park road. There is an excellent marine science center nearby (check for operating hours). The hiking trails are terrific. There's a lot to see. We received an E-mail with our space assignment. We parked immediately upon arrival at about 5pm. We checked in at the office during a walk the next morning. No problems. This is a Washington State Park, but is run by a non-profit public development authority. We found no playground for my daughter, but the beach and marine science center kept us plenty busy along with shopping and eating in Port Townsend. There was cell service in the campground too. I will happily return in the next few months. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $10.00
We use to love staying at Fort Worden State Park, however the local Public Development Authority (PDA) has taken over and made it impossible for RVer's. The website no longer provides site specific availability, and if you call the office - many of the staff don't know what RV's are! We have talked to the powers that be at the park about the camp ground reservations and the story is always - we are going to improve that, but after 7 months - still no improvements. The PDA has turned it into a hotel service. The day we arrived we discovered the office has been moved to the Common's - no signage posted to let RVer's know about the change. The parking area for campers is very small - we were unable to get our rig out of the street into the "check-in" spot. Upon check in, no one bothered to let us know the water had been turned off for the winter weather. Only after we parked and unhooked the fifthwheel did we discover no water. Had to hook back up to go to the winter water supply. When the ranger was asked about not telling campers, no water - his response was - yes, we should have done that. However we talked to about 5 other campers arriving after we did, who also were not informed about the water situation. The PDA has ruined Fort Worden. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $35.00
Excellent signage to find campground. Not so easy to find the "Commons" building to check in. Nice clean grounds and friendly guests. Toured some of the museums. Very nice. Good base for us to tour the area. Bathrooms are centrally located and there are lots of walking paths. Would stay here again. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Motorhome.
Very convenient, although sites were closer than we'd prefer. Nice fire pit. Good paved road, convenient restroom. Not well supervised, as one day, these very weird couple appeared out of no where and were very hyper. They quickly cooked their dinner and were scanning all around them, thank goodness they left after that. Otherwise park was ok. Not the beach front, but in the older, upper area. Adequate for a couple nights. Might return, if nothing better found. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $37.00
Great campground! One of the best we have stayed at in WA state. Great views. Tons of room between sites at the south end of the park. The bathroom/shower facilities are brand new. The Fort itself is great and ideal for exploring. Always very busy. Make sure to make reservations early. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $25.00
We spent four nights here last month and enjoyed our stay very much. We had a wide and spacious back-in site that afforded a view of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Beautiful! There is a great walking beach with level sand that runs down to the lighthouse at Point Wilson. The old military compound is interesting, with historic buildings and two museums. The restrooms and showers are new and spotless. This is a great place to stay. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $35.00
Very nice state campground. BIG RIG friendly. The camping spots are huge and with plenty of room for all the chairs. Fire pits are built into the ground and you have a beautiful view of the water. Each site is limited to the RV and one vehicle. If you bring along another vehicle, you pay $10/day. Ouch! My husband and I live in our RV and that made our stay very expensive. The park has many attractions. Walking along the shoreline, visiting the historical park and Port Townsend is only a few miles away. The park is clean and the staff is friendly. Check in is odd. You drive your big rig to the main office at the Fort, park it if there is room and go into the registration. Then you drive the 1/2 mile down to the RV parking area. Just an odd set-up! I'd stay here again. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $45.00
We started on the Internet trying to reserve a spot for 7 nights without success. Called their office and the nicest lady worked to arrange our stay. We had a beautiful ocean view site. The campground is an old Army base on the edge of Port Townsend. Our "Seattle vacation" became a Port Townsend vacation. Lots to do. Nice quiet park. Beautiful vistas. At least 40' between sites at the lower, waterfront camp. Not as roomy in the upper wooded campground. Would stay there again but only at the lower campground. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $38.00
The wonderful things other reviewers have stated about this park are all true; this is a truly magnificent location to camp. The views of the snow-capped Cascades across Puget Sound are difficult to beat. The fort consists of more than 430 acres directly adjacent to Port Townsend which is a charming Victorian seacoast town. So the park has the best of both worlds, a beautiful semi-rural setting with easy access to a tourist town with shops, restaurants, whale-watching tours, etc. As has been noted in other reviews, there are two very different camping areas. One is on the beach and has full hookups the other is up on the bluff in a wooded area and has electric and water. There is one uniqueness about making a camping reservation at this park since it is the only Washington State Park that is not part of the online park reservation system. You can make a reservation here by phone, by email, or in person, but not online. As has also been noted, if you want to do more than just camp in your RV, the park has large houses and even dormitories that they will rent for your family reunion, church retreat, or anything else you can think of. As has been noted by several reviewers, the signage as you drive in is confusing. Proceed through the front gate and turn right at the first intersection (Battery Way). The park office is the 4th building on the left. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $27.00
This is an amazingly wonderful park. I very seldom give a park a 10, but this is deserved. Be aware that there are two different campgrounds. We have stayed here twice, always at the campground along the water. The two campgrounds are very different. The campground away from the water has lots of trees. It would be pleasant, but a very different camping experience. So this review is for the water-front campground. It is quite at night and fairly nicely dark. A few of the sites have views of the water. The campground is all open, so satellite is not a problem. Our Verizon cell phone and data card worked well. There are hiking and biking trails in the park. Some of them are very interesting like the hike or bike to the Memory Vault. There is a lot of history here. Port Townsend is an fun town, with more biking trail. This is definitely a place to send some time. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $28.00
Fort Worden has two campgrounds. The upper campground has 35 sites in a forest setting, 5 primitive tent sites and 30 back-in sites with electric and water. There is a dump station available. The beach campground, with wonderful views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, has 50 full hook up sites with at least 25-40 feet between sites. Some are back-in and some pull through. There are 4 50 amp sites available, C15, C16, C37, and C40, and they are all back-ins. The remainder are 30 amp. Both campgrounds operate on a reservation system although sites are available if not previously reserved. Best to check ahead. I would rate this park with a 10 except for the poor signs to the campgrounds. Upon entry to the state park, you come to a four way stop where there is a large sign depicting directions to everything EXCEPT the campgrounds. I delayed traffic behind me while I searched for the campground information. I eventually gave up and took my motor home and toad on a needless exploration of the state park, finally finding the campground. Note to self, next time proceed to the park office to check-in and receive directions. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $42.00
I think this is one of the most beautiful campgrounds in Washington. We saw deer, eagles and river otters and enjoyed beautiful sunsets. It's fun to watch the cruise ships march past on weekend evenings. Funky Port Townsend is 5 minutes away. The campground hosts and volunteers at the maritime center and natural history museum were friendly and knowledgeable. Bring flashlights to explore the World War II era batteries, which are cool and dark year-round. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Tent Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $45.00
When I checked on reservation website, it showed the park as full. Knowing the lack of accuracy of their system, we came here anyway. Found there to be several sites available, but due to some strange rule, we could only stay one night without a reservation. We found it to be a decent state park campground with the common lack of amenities, 30 amp, no Wi-Fi, no TV, and no sewer for $45/night. Most sites were back, in some pull throughs. The sites were pretty large and even though it was advertised as beachfront, it was 200 yards, plus to the beach. A few sites were shaded but most were not. The large hill west of the park provides shade in the late afternoon. There is a small store on the property but for goods/services you have to drive into Port Townsend [approx 2-3 miles]. Campground hosts were helpful and nice. After the 1 night stay, we moved to a city campground that was directly on the beach and more convenient. If coming here, it is hard to find and after finding the park, it continues to be difficult to find the campground due to ineffective signage. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
We camped with our teardrop trailer in the beach site C41 which was a really nice spot with shelter from the winds and traffic. We lost the sun pretty early due to a pretty big hillside behind us and all the lovely trees. The drive throughs were really easy, and the ground was nice and flat. Make sure when you check in to bring your car license plate number!! The bathrooms were really clean, but they were a bit of a walk from the site in the middle of the night. Make sure to bring your kites for the beach! There are lots of opportunities for kite flying out there! We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Travel Trailer.
There is good news and bad news about this park. The bad news: You need to have a good GPS and a personal guide to find out where to go and what to do once you get here. Fort Worden is a decommissioned Army post turned into a state park. Don't expect a grand entrance when you get there. It's just a small gate and sign to welcome you. Once inside, we were lost right away. At the first intersection there is a military type sign with arrows pointing right and left with many designations, none of them having anything to do with camping. We just took a guess and started driving around in our big rig trying to figure out where to go. After a while a park ranger pulled along side of us and asked if we were lost. "What do you think?", I said. He said that we would have to go to the park admin office to register first. "Great, where's that?", I asked. He said to follow him and he took us around to the registration office. So, I park our rig and walk back a block or so to the building (through a drizzle) only to discover that the first requirement is that you need to know the license plate numbers of your vehicles. Oh, boy. How many of you know yours? Good thing I brought my cell phone with me to call my wife and ask her to go out into the drizzle and read them off to me. Of course, none of this is explained anywhere, not even in the email that was sent to us confirming our reservation. I finally got registered and paid up -- not cheap. With taxes, extra vehicle and all, it came to $40 per night. They told me that they were going to be full up and that we got the last site available. They were disingenuous about this. Either that or they are inept. We practically had the whole upper campground to ourselves for the two nights that we stayed. Plus, they put us into a site that was very narrow to back into and the pine trees had overgrown the spot and they had to come out and trim some limbs so that we could get our slide-outs out. When we called the office to see if we could move to the site next door, which was more open and easier to access, they said that every site was booked up through the 4th of July. By the time we left on July 1st, there were at least 5 sites wide open all around us. More bad news -- no Wi-Fi, no sewer hookups and, if you want to use their showers it costs 50 cents for 3 minutes of hot water. Not what you'd expect for $40 per night. Well, the good news. The upper campground is not crowded; you have plenty of space. And, the surroundings are woodsy. There is lots of grass and open areas to let kids play and to run your dog. The park is convenient to a lot of things on the Olympic Peninsula and Port Townsend is a quaint harbor town. We would probably not stay here again. We camped at Fort Worden State Park in a Motorhome.