Fort Flagler State Park
Hours and Cost:
Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
Summer: 6:30am to 10pm
Winter: 8am to dusk.
Campground closed Nov. 1st to March 1st.
Tent Sites- 59
RV Sites- 58
Primitive Sites- 2
– One Dump Station, Four Restrooms and Eight Showers.
Check-in time: 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time: 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Normally we here at Exotic Hikes like to recommend isolated, nature filling areas to camp, but Fort Flagler is one of the exceptions. Fort Flagler, nestled in the northeastern most point on the Olympic Peninsula is a beautiful area that was once used as a training center in WWI. With old mortars, barracks and buildings, it is easy to travel back in time and see how war once impacted the Puget Sound.
With water on 3 sides, this peninsula of a park has over 19,000ft of saltwater shoreline, as well as views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains from its bluffs. Most of the buildings are from the early 1900’s and deer, eagles, migratory birds and the occasional whale can be spotted from the park. With interpretive centers open daily from May to October, this is not only a great getaway location, but also a fun, education place for family.
During the day, you can take day trips to nearby towns like Port Townsend, hike or bike along the 5 miles of trails in the park or even explore around in the old barracks. If you have a military history buff that you know, this would be a great place to go! Even if the military direction isn’t a favorite, this park has something for all walks of life, and every time I have been here, I make a new memory. To make this park even more amazing, you can swim, crab, clam or beachcomb to your heart’s content. Spend the day birding, walking through barracks, checking out the museum and have a fire as the sunsets on what feels like your own private peninsula.
– Used as a summer camp location, the remnants of the barracks make an amazing place to play capture the flag.
– Fort Flagler was once part of the Triangle of Fire, used to protect the Puget Sound- http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7524
– For more info on the Fort, this website is amazing- http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Flagler
– Has an underrated beach, check it out.
– Occasionally the people in charge will leave out a tetherball. Please play!
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