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Parks & Beaches to visit in Port Townsend, WA

June 1st, 2015 by bluegullinn


Fort Worden State Park

Fort Worden State Park

Parks & Beaches

Parks & Beaches to visit in Port Townsend, WA. Port Townsend is home to some of the most oustanding public parks in the state of Washington.

Fort Worden State Park is a turn-of-the-century army base located just 2 miles from the downtown core. Fort Worden offers an unmatched combination of natural beauty and historic interest. Acres of saltwater beaches, wooded hills, and open fields are framed by stunning vistas of the Olympic and Cascade ranges and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In addition to being a mecca for nature lovers, the Park and it’s nonprofit campus partners is a center for lifelong learning.

Perched between downtown and Fort Worden is the lovely Chetzemoka Park. This city-owned gem is on the water, and has a stunning view of the Cascade Mountains and Whidbey Island. The Park has  flower gardens, picnic areas, play equipment, and a bandstand modeled after the Victorian original, as well as access to the beach and tidelands.

Port Townsend is just miles away from the mighty Olympic National Park. One the nation’s crown jewels, ONP showcases Pacific Ocean beaches, rain forest valleys, glacier-capped peaks and a stunning variety of plants and animals. Roads provide access to the outer edges of the park, but the heart of the Park Olympic is wilderness; a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures alike.

Want more to explore? Check out’s complete list of City parks.

Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. Take a walk on the beach. Fort Worden was built in 1902 to help protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Walk through the concrete bunkers and slam the big steel doors. Bring your flashlight, it is pitch black inside.

Walk along the sandy beach to the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Off in the distance is Whidbey Island.

Port Townsend is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. All ships entering and leaving the Puget Sound, pass right past Port Townsend, WA. In the early days of Washington State many ships made port in Port Townsend to take advantage of our deep water port but more importantly all the brothels and bars on the downtown waterfront.

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