There’s so much to do at Fort Worden State Park, it feels more like the sleepaway summer camps of our youth than a rustic camping experience. There are fitness classes, tennis courts, and Victorian museums to explore. Boats—and agile water skiiers—motor about the blue water of Puget Sound. Big groups gather to take advantage of the park’s roomy conference centers (and on-site cafe serving up lip-smackin’ good burgers!). But if it is a more rustic, getting-back-to-nature vibe that you’re looking for, Fort Worden has that too.
Hike along 12 miles of nature trails, or pedal over the equally long separate biking trails. Anywhere you look there’s a view: the stormy straights of Juan de Fuca, the stately Artillery Hill, and the misty peak of Mt. Baker. So stay awhile and take advantage of Fort Worden’s seemingly endless activities—or just take a peaceful nap at your campsite beside the salty sea. Both sound good to us!
You have to check out the turn-of-the-century bunkers, abandoned and defaced, but so cool to explore. It's like modern caving - the perfect setting for a horror movie or a really awesome game of hide and seek!
Fort Worden, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Flagler and Fort Casey, once guarded nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890s, became the first line of a fortification system designed to prevent a hostile fleet from reaching such targets as the Bremerton Naval Yard and the cities of Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett. Construction began in 1897 and continued in one form or another until the fort was closed in 1953. The property was purchased as a state park in 1955. Fort Worden is named after Rear Admiral John L. Worden.