Camping near Port Townsend

Enjoy Victorian charm and historic forts on the edge of the Olympic Peninsula.

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Camping near Port Townsend guide


On the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a pretty, historic port town full of elegant 19th-century homes and lots of little shops and restaurants. While the charming, historic ambiance is the city’s biggest draw, it’s an equally great base for those who want to get out in nature. There are two Washington State Parks within city limits: the sprawling Fort Worden Historical State Park and the low-key Fort Townsend Historical State Park. Both of these former US Army properties offer RV and tent camping plus easy access to local beaches.

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Olympic National Park

Encompassing nearly a million acres, this huge park is characterized by its diverse ecosystems, with beaches, old-growth forests, hot springs, and a glaciated mountain all within its boundaries. It's also home to the Hoh Rainforest, which protects trees up to a thousand years old, as well as tons of campgrounds and even its own thermal spring: Sol Duc Hot Springs.  

Whidbey Island

A popular weekend getaway spot for Seattle residents, Whidbey Island is known for its excellent arts scene and its numerous state parks. The island is also the location of the massive Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, the first historical reserve in the nation, which encompasses beaches, woodlands, historic buildings, and two state parks.

Fort Flagler Historical State Park

Just shy of 1,500 acres, this former fort is a great place to learn about military history. Docents provide guided tours of the fort during the summer and there's a military museum for those who want to learn about the fort's history. Camping is also available, and the park offers a balanced mix of standard campsites and full hookup sites.

When to go

Rainfall in Port Townsend is to be expected throughout the year (this is the Pacific Northwest after all), but summer is usually warm and dry. If you don't mind chillier weather, the holiday season is another excellent time for paying a visit, not only to see the beautiful lights that illuminate many of Port Townsend’s historic buildings, but also to see Santa steamroll through town on his very own "Kiwanis Choo Choo" train.

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