8.6 Excellent
     
Port Townsend, Washington

Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground)

Port Townsend, Washington



Port Townsend, Washington
Phone: (360) 344-4400

Sites: 85
Recent Rate: $36 7/2016

Latitude: 48.134418165605
Longitude: -122.76848316193

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.50 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.50
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Telus Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Telus
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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41 Reviews

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Ft. Worden is no longer a State Park and managed by a private company. While the gentleman on the phone was incredibly courteous and helpful, I was definitely misled when making a reservation for my 36 foot fifth wheel. The only place a larger RV should park for a campsite is down on the lower beach area. This kind camp host stressed how much they have been attempting to make this fact known to the company that took over the state park. When we arrived in the upper campsite area with our rig, the tree branches were so low that they got stuck on our solar panels! It took us three hours to rectify the situation. We had made a reservation 5 months in advance. Fortunately, the park made it good for us and found us a site for the entire length of our ten-day duration down in the beachfront area. The history alone is enough reason to visit this incredible site. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the hiking trails are diverse and widespread throughout the 450 acre park. Just miles away from downtown Port Townsend, it is a beautiful and serene location full of opportunities for campers of all ages. Campsites down on the waterfront were level, spacious and provided excellent full hook ups with an incredible view of carrier ships, cruise ships, and an occasional Coast Guard protected submarine. Ft. Worden has on site, a terrific little restaurant set up in the old jail house. Named, "Taps", it is a not to miss. We camped here with two dogs and we would return again, but only to the beach area! We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

After much confusion and a visit to the campground host we were told to go back to a central building to register and get a site number. The registration process is poor (no clear signage) for first time visitors. The site we received was great. It was an long, paved, outside, curved pull-through site, quite private, with E/W/S conveniently located. There are a few on-air tv channels. However, the sewer connection is most bizarre as it is a 4", cast iron elbow parallel with the higher ground around it. Most difficult to connect a tradition sewer hose without making a mess. We camped in a travel trailer and would stay here again. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are many activities in this area including the Port Townsend Marine Science Centre which is at the south end of the campground, the remaining concrete bunkers, lighthouse, and the buildings of Fort Worden. A short drive takes you to Port Townsend where cafes, galleries, and bookstores abound. Be sure to visit the Nifty Fifty Restaurant for a walk in the past. We took an amazing eight hour sea cruise with Puget Sound Express which included a two hour lunch break in Friday Harbour.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We have visited Fort Worden many times before, but never camped. Sites on the lower beach have no shade, are large, and spacious. Early season here, and wanted firewood. Not available till later the host said. Wildlife here is plenty. Even the otter that ran through the site. We looked, and dame it was a otter. Biked to Saturday market in town, and long walks on beach. So much to do here, and if bored. Port Townsend has plenty to do. Recycling here was the best I have ever seen at a park. Cell coverage was spotty. Will return again. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Port Townsend Saturday Market, Port Townsend Creamery.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is open and located on Puget Sound but there is no view of the water. The sites are open, spacious and mostly level. There is beach access for walking and you are very close to Port Townsend. There is easy access to the ferry to Coupville (Whidbey Island) but you should get a reservation before hand on the Washington Ferry website. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

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Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Port Townsend is a beautiful old town right on Puget Sound and Fort Worden is right on the Sound if you get a beach site, they also have a separate campground in the woods. Like most state parks the sites are wide with lots of space. The hiking trails around the old fort are great, make sure to take your camera. We had great cell service and our Verizon hot spot worked great-- nice place. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Site Details

Site Number
1 - Beach Site
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Explore Port Townsend, it's a great town.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

The sites are level, utilities work, and roads wide enough to maneuver. The grass was all dead with lots of stickers. Showers were a quarter for 3 minutes.

I made reservations by phone because the web site was down. Wasn't told that it was $10.50 for talking to a person. It would ONLY have been $8.50 if the web site worked. I was asked if I was a Washington resident. Said no. Wasn't told that there is a $5 additional charge per day. I was told by a park employee that Washington wants to discourage out-of-staters from using their parks so residents can.

When I checked in, I did get a $2 refund for not being able to use the web site. I should have only been charged $8.50 to start. I should have been told of the extra charges. I won't be taking up space in Washington State parks again. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

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Service
     
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Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at the Fort Worden State Park for 4 days. Check in was easy because we made reservations. The person checking us in was helpful. The check in area is located at the forts barracks and main buildings. There is a snack bar there and a museum. Getting to our site was easy and pulling in was not a problem. The sites are spacious. There are some loop pull thrus and the rest are back ends. The hook ups are where they should be and while rather old, they are in working order. The sites are level so no need for levelers. There are fire pits and tables at your site. Our satellite worked fine as did our Verizon hot spot. The only con is the showers. They are coin operated and costly if you take a shower over 5 minutes. Some of the machines are broken and the showers are not kept clean. The best part of this park is its location. It has one of the best forts and bunker installations to explore. There are mazes of rooms and one of the best views from an observation decks. You can also see cruise ships and submarines traveling through the straits from Seattle and Bremerton. I would stay here again. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Take a drive into Port Townsend and just enjoy the walk through the old town. Excellent places to eat and have a drink watching the ships cruise by.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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 (Beach campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand, Grass

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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 (Beach campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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 (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

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 (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 152
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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 (Beach campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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 (Beach campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 169
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

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 (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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 (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

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