Fort Worden Historical State Park

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The Fort Worden Boat Launch is closed indefinitely while Parks pursues a safer alternative for the area.  

The community is encouraged to use the Parks-managed launches at nearby Fort Flagler and Mystery Bay state parks. There are additional boat launches operated by the Port of Port Townsend.

campsite reservations at Fort Worden
Reservations for campsites and the beach shelter are handled through Washington State Parks' reservation system, either online or by phone at (888) 226-7688. 

For inquiries and reservations regarding dormitories, vacation homes and other accommodations at the park, please contact Fort Worden Hospitality at (360) 344-4400 or visit online at website. ____________________________________________________

Hidden gun emplacements, expansive parade lawns and restored Victorian-era Officers homes place history front and center at Fort Worden Historical State Park.  Over 100 years ago, Fort Worden was part of the US Army's Coast Artillery Corps.  Fort Worden, Fort Flagler, and Fort Casey, with thier big guns and strategic locations, defended the Puget Sound from potential enemy invaders.

Through a variety of partnerships, Fort Worden now plays host to workshops, festivals and family-fun events. Come camp at the beach and fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing gently on the shore, or during the summer, camp under the cool shade of evergreens in the forest campground.  During the day, explore the parks's extensive network of trails to discover a variety of ecosystems and high bluffs with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

This rich cultural treasure will delight military and maritime history buffs, as well as writers, musicians, visitors to nearby Port Townsend and anyone who's up for a great place to stay.

Park features

Fort Worden Historical State Park is a 432-acre multi-use park with more than 2 miles of sandy saltwater shoreline.  It features a wide variety of services and facilities, including a full-service conference center that can be booked for daylong or multi-day events.

The park is co-managed by the Fort Worden Public Development Authority.  The FWPDA partners with Fort Worden Hospitality, Centrum Arts Foundation and other on-site organizations to provide unique experiences for visitors. For more information on food, lodging, and events on campus, visit Fort Worden Hospitality's website

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. At Fort Worden a Discover Pass is required to visit at a campsite, in the beach area and at the main trailheads for day use parking. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

Fort Worden Hospitality:
The Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center, located in the park's main campus, is operated by The Fort Worden Hospitality. Information about food, lodging, programs and events at the learning center can be found on the PDA's website.

  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. Governance
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA amenities/facilities

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities.

Picnic & day-use facilities

Fort Worden offers dozens of outstanding day-use and picnic areas. Whether overlooking the high centennial cliffs of Artillery Hill, the often wild Strait of Juan de Fuca, or a tranquil vista encompassing the distant Mt. Baker, framed by Point Wilson Lighthouse and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center on the end of the pier. Numerous day-use picnic tables and fire boxes provide for an excellent picnic spot. The Cable House Canteen is an on-site food and convenience store, offering sundries, delicious burgers or hot breakfast entrées.



  • 2.6 miles of ADA hiking trails
  • 8.3 miles of biking trails
  • 11.2 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • 120 feet of dock
  • Boating
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Moorage buoys (6)
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • Watercraft launches (2)
  • Waterskiing

Other activities & features

  • Alternative fitness classes
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Fire circles (2)

INTERPRETIVE opportunities

Ranger -led-programs

Ranger led programs are now being offered at Fort Worden State Park.  Keep your eye on our calendar or on Eventbrite for up-to-date program schedules.  Stop by the Park Office to learn about our Junior Ranger Program.

Commanding Officer's Quarters museum

The Commanding Officer's Quarters Museum overlooks Admiralty Inlet, with the Cascades in the background. Completed in 1904, 33 families called this place home during the days of the fort. The building has been restored and furnished in keeping with the late Victorian period (1890 - 1910), providing a glimpse into the life of an officer and his family in the first decade of this century. It is open seasonally for tours.  Visit the Jefferson County Historical Society's website for more information and a virtual tour.

Rothschild house museum

Rothschild House at Fort Worden Historical State Park in Port Townsend is open seasonally for tours.  The gardens around the house can be enjoyed all year, so stop by and take in the view with a picnic.  The Rothschild House is co-managed by the Jefferson County Historical Society and Washington State Parks. Visit the JCHS website for more information and a virtual tour.

COast Artillery MUSEUM

The Coast Artillery Museum was established to preserve and interpret coast artillery history with special emphasis on the harbor defenses of Puget Sound as they existed and functioned from the late 1800s to the end of World War II.  Among the collections and artifacts, visitors will see a three-dimensional scale model of Battery Kinzie showing the design and structure of the massive fortifications and the emplacements for the two 12-inch disappearing guns that were kept in readiness for possible attack from 1910 to 1943. Call (360) 385-0373 for more information.

The port townsend marine science center

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center has multiple locations.  At Fort Worden there is a natural history museum and an aquarium that is open seasonally.  For more information, visit their website.

Group Tours and Activities

To request a State Park interpretive program at Fort Worden, please fill out the form at the link below. Interested in what programs are offered, or have questions? Check the Program Descriptions link below or email the interpreter.


The Friends of Fort Worden State Park is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 to provide financial and volunteer support for programs and park improvements (such as trail maintenance, habitat restoration and interpretive trails). To find out more about The Friends of Fort Worden and what they’re doing, visit their website.

Additional information

  • There are several golf courses nearby.
  • Visit the fascinating historic town of Port Townsend.
  • The Olympic Mountains rise majestically nearby.
  • From nearly everywhere, you can hear the cry of the gull and the call of the sea.
  • Printable park brochure (PDF).