8.6 Excellent
     
Port Townsend, Washington

Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground)

Port Townsend, Washington


200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, Washington 98368
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Sites: 85
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 48.134418165605
Longitude: -122.76848316193
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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • 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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Review Count: 435
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 85

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

July 12,13 Wednesday, Thursday Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington - 80 sites located in two campgrounds - Beach and Forest. $45, full hookups, Site Beach 16, Bathhouses with pay showers This is a huge complex in Port Townsend located on 434 acres with two miles of saltwater shoreline overlooking the Puget Sound. There is a full conference center here on 90 acres which includes more than 70 historic structures surrounding the old parade grounds and two campgrounds. One can stay in in the restored houses with their Victorian parlors and eat at a few restaurants scattered throughout the park. We stayed in the beach campground with checkin at the conference center or you can use express checkin. There is a store within walking distance that sells supplies as well as burgers. Our site #16 was a backin right next to the host and a short walk to the beach. Every site has a view of the Puget Sound and the 1889 Lighthouse. Pets are allowed on leash. All the sites at the beach campground are full hookups with bathhouses that are clean with two showers (fee) each. The Forest campground is in the woods away from the beach but the sites are nice and more private. One can walk along the beach to the old lighthouse or hike to the remains of the historic fort itself. We biked around the paved trails and the fort and really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. There are some museums on this property and the Marine Science Center. The Port Townsend School of Woodworking is located here which is known for their wood crafting skills and historic preservation. This was a great stay at a very popular campground. Reservations would be wise. It was full both days we were there! . Walking along the beach in early evening, we were able to see two snow covered mountains in the distance. Mt. Baker (Northern Cascades) and looking southeast snowcapped Mt. Ranier. Wow! We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is one of our favorite WA State Parks. Full hookups, widely spaced sites, some sites have terrific privacy, and amazing shelter from the wind. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for 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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Get a site on the big loop adjacent to the wooded area... Great privacy, excellent wind shelter.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Park has so much wildlife, and we enjoy it every time we visit early season. Be sure you have a reservation thou, a lot of late arrivals Friday had no place to stay. Stop at the upper Commons Bldg. to check in. They have nice café inside, and also the Guardhouse, and Taps with nice southerly facing deck. Lots of good hiking, and history. No Wi-Fi, good cell, level site, spacious, but no privacy. Will return again. Price does not include $8.00 reservation fee. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Slow down, and spend time exploring history, and beautiful view points.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 18

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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: 45
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 10

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.

Value
     
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: 66
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 20

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.

Value
     
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: 1

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
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: 51
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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: 69
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 10

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
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: 20

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: 56
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 19

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 11

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: 8

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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