Great campground! One of the best we have stayed at in WA state. Great views. Tons of room between sites at the south end of the park. The bathroom/shower facilities are brand new. The Fort itself is great and ideal for exploring. Always very busy. Make sure to make reservations early. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 10 / 10 ]
We spent four nights here last month and enjoyed our stay very much. We had a wide and spacious back-in site that afforded a view of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Beautiful! There is a great walking beach with level sand that runs down to the lighthouse at Point Wilson. The old military compound is interesting, with historic buildings and two museums. The restrooms and showers are new and spotless. This is a great place to stay. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very nice state campground. BIG RIG friendly. The camping spots are huge and with plenty of room for all the chairs. Fire pits are built into the ground and you have a beautiful view of the water. Each site is limited to the RV and one vehicle. If you bring along another vehicle, you pay $10/day. Ouch! My husband and I live in our RV and that made our stay very expensive. The park has many attractions. Walking along the shoreline, visiting the historical park and Port Townsend is only a few miles away. The park is clean and the staff is friendly. Check in is odd. You drive your big rig to the main office at the Fort, park it if there is room and go into the registration. Then you drive the 1/2 mile down to the RV parking area. Just an odd set-up! I'd stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We started on the Internet trying to reserve a spot for 7 nights without success. Called their office and the nicest lady worked to arrange our stay. We had a beautiful ocean view site. The campground is an old Army base on the edge of Port Townsend. Our "Seattle vacation" became a Port Townsend vacation. Lots to do. Nice quiet park. Beautiful vistas. At least 40' between sites at the lower, waterfront camp. Not as roomy in the upper wooded campground. Would stay there again but only at the lower campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The wonderful things other reviewers have stated about this park are all true; this is a truly magnificent location to camp. The views of the snow-capped Cascades across Puget Sound are difficult to beat. The fort consists of more than 430 acres directly adjacent to Port Townsend which is a charming Victorian seacoast town. So the park has the best of both worlds, a beautiful semi-rural setting with easy access to a tourist town with shops, restaurants, whale-watching tours, etc. As has been noted in other reviews, there are two very different camping areas. One is on the beach and has full hookups the other is up on the bluff in a wooded area and has electric and water. There is one uniqueness about making a camping reservation at this park since it is the only Washington State Park that is not part of the online park reservation system. You can make a reservation here by phone, by email, or in person, but not online. As has also been noted, if you want to do more than just camp in your RV, the park has large houses and even dormitories that they will rent for your family reunion, church retreat, or anything else you can think of. As has been noted by several reviewers, the signage as you drive in is confusing. Proceed through the front gate and turn right at the first intersection (Battery Way). The park office is the 4th building on the left. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an amazingly wonderful park. I very seldom give a park a 10, but this is deserved. Be aware that there are two different campgrounds. We have stayed here twice, always at the campground along the water. The two campgrounds are very different. The campground away from the water has lots of trees. It would be pleasant, but a very different camping experience. So this review is for the water-front campground. It is quite at night and fairly nicely dark. A few of the sites have views of the water. The campground is all open, so satellite is not a problem. Our Verizon cell phone and data card worked well. There are hiking and biking trails in the park. Some of them are very interesting like the hike or bike to the Memory Vault. There is a lot of history here. Port Townsend is an fun town, with more biking trail. This is definitely a place to send some time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Fort Worden has two campgrounds. The upper campground has 35 sites in a forest setting, 5 primitive tent sites and 30 back-in sites with electric and water. There is a dump station available. The beach campground, with wonderful views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, has 50 full hook up sites with at least 25-40 feet between sites. Some are back-in and some pull through. There are 4 50 amp sites available, C15, C16, C37, and C40, and they are all back-ins. The remainder are 30 amp. Both campgrounds operate on a reservation system although sites are available if not previously reserved. Best to check ahead. I would rate this park with a 10 except for the poor signs to the campgrounds. Upon entry to the state park, you come to a four way stop where there is a large sign depicting directions to everything EXCEPT the campgrounds. I delayed traffic behind me while I searched for the campground information. I eventually gave up and took my motor home and toad on a needless exploration of the state park, finally finding the campground. Note to self, next time proceed to the park office to check-in and receive directions. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I think this is one of the most beautiful campgrounds in Washington. We saw deer, eagles and river otters and enjoyed beautiful sunsets. It's fun to watch the cruise ships march past on weekend evenings. Funky Port Townsend is 5 minutes away. The campground hosts and volunteers at the maritime center and natural history museum were friendly and knowledgeable. Bring flashlights to explore the World War II era batteries, which are cool and dark year-round. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
When I checked on reservation website, it showed the park as full. Knowing the lack of accuracy of their system, we came here anyway. Found there to be several sites available, but due to some strange rule, we could only stay one night without a reservation. We found it to be a decent state park campground with the common lack of amenities, 30 amp, no Wi-Fi, no TV, and no sewer for $45/night. Most sites were back, in some pull throughs. The sites were pretty large and even though it was advertised as beachfront, it was 200 yards, plus to the beach. A few sites were shaded but most were not. The large hill west of the park provides shade in the late afternoon. There is a small store on the property but for goods/services you have to drive into Port Townsend [approx 2-3 miles]. Campground hosts were helpful and nice. After the 1 night stay, we moved to a city campground that was directly on the beach and more convenient. If coming here, it is hard to find and after finding the park, it continues to be difficult to find the campground due to ineffective signage. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We camped with our teardrop trailer in the beach site C41 which was a really nice spot with shelter from the winds and traffic. We lost the sun pretty early due to a pretty big hillside behind us and all the lovely trees. The drive throughs were really easy, and the ground was nice and flat. Make sure when you check in to bring your car license plate number!! The bathrooms were really clean, but they were a bit of a walk from the site in the middle of the night. Make sure to bring your kites for the beach! There are lots of opportunities for kite flying out there! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
There is good news and bad news about this park. The bad news: You need to have a good GPS and a personal guide to find out where to go and what to do once you get here. Fort Worden is a decommissioned Army post turned into a state park. Don't expect a grand entrance when you get there. It's just a small gate and sign to welcome you. Once inside, we were lost right away. At the first intersection there is a military type sign with arrows pointing right and left with many designations, none of them having anything to do with camping. We just took a guess and started driving around in our big rig trying to figure out where to go. After a while a park ranger pulled along side of us and asked if we were lost. "What do you think?", I said. He said that we would have to go to the park admin office to register first. "Great, where's that?", I asked. He said to follow him and he took us around to the registration office. So, I park our rig and walk back a block or so to the building (through a drizzle) only to discover that the first requirement is that you need to know the license plate numbers of your vehicles. Oh, boy. How many of you know yours? Good thing I brought my cell phone with me to call my wife and ask her to go out into the drizzle and read them off to me. Of course, none of this is explained anywhere, not even in the email that was sent to us confirming our reservation. I finally got registered and paid up -- not cheap. With taxes, extra vehicle and all, it came to $40 per night. They told me that they were going to be full up and that we got the last site available. They were disingenuous about this. Either that or they are inept. We practically had the whole upper campground to ourselves for the two nights that we stayed. Plus, they put us into a site that was very narrow to back into and the pine trees had overgrown the spot and they had to come out and trim some limbs so that we could get our slide-outs out. When we called the office to see if we could move to the site next door, which was more open and easier to access, they said that every site was booked up through the 4th of July. By the time we left on July 1st, there were at least 5 sites wide open all around us. More bad news -- no Wi-Fi, no sewer hookups and, if you want to use their showers it costs 50 cents for 3 minutes of hot water. Not what you'd expect for $40 per night. Well, the good news. The upper campground is not crowded; you have plenty of space. And, the surroundings are woodsy. There is lots of grass and open areas to let kids play and to run your dog. The park is convenient to a lot of things on the Olympic Peninsula and Port Townsend is a quaint harbor town. We would probably not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in the Upper Campground, which is pretty and surrounded by thick brush and trees. Deer walk through the sites that have gravel and grass. There is lots to do at Fort Worden, with trails and museums, so it gets good marks. Unfortunately, many large groups seem to share campsites. Several sites near us had 3 or more cars each, with the groups being loud and partying into the night. I would prefer the campground limit occupation in sites to no more than 2 cars, which would spread out the noise and reduce the party atmosphere and make it seem less like a parking lot. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great park, large spots, green grass, paved roads and easy access. We were facing Puget Sound and could see all the ship traffic going in and out of Seattle. Very quiet at night, close to local attractions in Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula. Would have given it a 10, but no cable or wifi. We did get great TV with our trailer antenna from Seattle, even hi def. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped here for 14 nights. They allowed me to exceed the normal 10 night limit because I was attending the Port Townsend School of Woodworking also located on Fort Worden. We were in the ocean campground near the Point Wilson Lighthouse. There is a second campground located up the hill nearer the main Fort buildings that is in the trees and better shaded. I understand, though never verified, that rig size there is limited as are provided services. Water, sewer and electric all worked fine. There is no cable TV service. Cell phone service seems to come and go. WiFi is available up near the office, but not down in the campground. Restrooms and showers were relatively new and in good condition/clean. We had an extra vehicle which was charged $10/night in addition to our campground fee. There are plenty of things to do both on Fort Worden and around Port Townsend. The old coastal artillery ruins and museum are fascinating. Point Wilson Lighthouse, though not open to the public is a short hike. Plenty of beach to comb and hiking trails around the artillery ruins. The movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" was filmed here so it was interesting to see where that was done. The Coastal Artillery museum has a marked up map showing where the various scenes were shot. The ocean campground is a bit exposed on the point adjacent to the Straits of Juan De Fuca so it can be pretty windy at times. We experienced quite a bit of rain while here, but hey, it is the Pacific Northwest afterall. We plan to return to use this campground as a base for another round of playing tourist at many wonderful sights in the area. Be aware all sites in the ocean campground are on a reservation only basis so call ahead. Check-in at the office (you pass right by once on the Fort) was easy between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. After hours just go to your assigned site (your email confirmation will have the site number on it) and check-in the next morning before 10:00 AM. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We enjoyed the park, it had lots of military history. We stayed in the upper campground area: there are no privacy sites and I thought the sites were too close to each other. Pads were gravel and level. Bathrooms had only one shower stall, they were clean, but ran out of bathroom supplies one day. The park had lots of hiking trails and lots of military gun batteries and bunkers up on Artillery Hill. Lower area had lots to do as well. It had a beach, pier, boat launch, light house, another military gun battery complex, marine science center (w/ fee). Family had a great time here and is looking forward for another visit, this time in the lower campground area. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We happened on Port Townsend and loved it so much we decided to stay the night. We checked with the camp office at Fort Worden and lucked out in getting a beach site. Beautiful location. Outrageously large spaces with a huge grass area all around. Excellent access to the beach, bicycling and walking trails. Very dog friendly. The camp host was very nice. He came over and greeted us right away and made us feel to home. This would be a great place to spend a week or more. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very nice state park with a lot to see. The beach, and old military base, and town are all within easy access. A great place for kids and adults with lots of places to walk and ride bikes. The old military installations and museums are great. The lower (beach), campground can be very windy, so watch your canopy. The upper campground has much less wind and a lot less noise. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great Park. We come here every year and book a year in advance for summer spots. It fills up fast and is very difficult to get into in the summer. Bathrooms are nice, clean and easy to access for showers. 2 beaches to explore, one sand and one for shells. One of our top 5 sites to camp. Kids can roam around easily and the huge Fort is a big draw for boys. Great little town nearby and best Fish and Chips can be found there. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I wouldn't call this a State "Park," this is more of a State RESORT! Former military base that is now used as a beautiful conference and retreat center, to include RV camping with full water/electric/sewer hookups on the Beach Campground and water/electric with community dump on the "Upper" campground. The rate I am showing is for the Beach campground, the Upper campground is $1 less. These rates are on par with what Washington State charges for state parks. The RV slots are paved and long. In the Beach campground, the sites are "back-in" at one end and "pull through" (in wide arc's) on the other end. If you have a back-in against the trees, you have to drive all the way to the end, then go around the "turn around" and come back in order to "back-in" to those spots. The RV slots that face the beach have only a view of the sand dunes, but it's a short walk to the beach. This is a popular park and reservations are suggested any time of the year, although it wasn't full the weekend I was here. If you reserve on the website, you pay an $8 reservation fee. If you call the Conference Center directly, you do not pay the reservation fee. The "Commons" dining hall serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also an espresso shop with sandwiches and pastries. Both are rather pricey, you might as well be eating at the Marriott. The first Sunday of each month, the Commons features a fabulous Sunday Brunch between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM for $16.95. Well worth it! If you choose to partake of the food at the Commons, they do take credit cards, but you can optionally purchase prepaid food cards when you check in for camping. The prepaid food cards is a fairly new program. When I was there, the Commons employees didn't know how to deal with the prepaid cards and apparently had not been informed about them. The Park Ranger and the folks at the check in office got it straightened out. If you need to do laundry, the Conference center allows guests to use their laundry building only between the hours of around "4:00-ish" PM to around "8:30-ish" PM each night. Verizon AirCard worked very well here. TV reception via antenna for the local channels was decent on digital channels, and "passable" on analog channels still out there. Lastly, very important! If you come here off the Keystone/Port Townsend ferry, IGNORE your GPS if it instructs you to take a right turn off the ferry. Instead, follow the well placed signs and turn left. If you follow your GPS and turn right, you will end up taking a route up some steep and hairy roads. Follow the SIGNS! Great park for family outings! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Awesome park. Bathrooms were spotless. Lots of things to see. Not much open. Water was turned off, no cable and don't know who marked the spot that says they have Wi-Fi internet, none available. We camped in spot #8. Beautiful views, and other stuff to do. Will definitely go again to explore the bunkers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were in the beach front sites, so there was no shade! It was a cool week, so the shade wasn't a factor. The ocean breezes, lovely beach, lighthouse and a walking tour of the old fort were especially nice. Lots of things to see and explore. Tons of children, and a perfect place for them! There are a couple of sea life museums and then around the fort area there is an artillery museum. Of course, a hike up to the old outpost is a must! Lovely hosts and beautiful camping. Bathrooms were not dirty so much as not well kept. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Popular park and very easy to see why. Two campgrounds on in the woods and one nearly on the beach. Beach campground is open year-round. If camping in the winter, advise taking a site against the bluff to prevent being battered by the wind. Lots and lots of trails and history here as well as lovely beach that's easy to walk. This was our third visit here and on this visit we sampled the brunch offered in the commons building of the conference center (on park grounds). In a word: Fabulous! We read that the food service at the park is recently under a new contractor and the company prides itself on local, organic, and highest quality foods. We were very impressed and plan a prompt return. On our way out we looked at the cafe/market run by them and saw really good and out of the ordinary fare. Again this is a very popular campground and reservations well in advance are highly recommended. Nearby Sequim has some really good restaurants too. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
One of the nicest state parks we've visited and would definitely go again. Plenty to see and do and good for kids too (especially if they like to explore). Full hookup sites with plenty of space between them. Bath facilities were older, but looked like they were in good condition. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
As all the other reviews have stated, this is a great state park with much to explore. If you're a military history buff, you have to visit Fort Worden. The lower campsites are very big, paved and level with have plenty of room to spread out (we didn't visit the upper campground). However, the pull-through sites had less space than the back-in units. All of the lower campgrounds are a short walk to the beach. The campsites are WA State Park typical dead grass/weeds mixed with sand blown up from the beach. The wind is pretty constant, but nothing significant; just enough to fly a kite. There was a jazz festival at the park during our stay and we didn't hear any of the music. There is almost too much to see and do in a weekend, so plan to stay more than just Friday-Sunday. The breakfast ($10/ea) and brunch ($15/ea) buffets are amazing and worth the price of admission. I wish we tried some of the other meals. Unfortunately the bathrooms are worn and tired worse than most Washington State parks. The staff is nice, but something as simple as paying for breakfast was frustrating. If you choose to stay at the lower (beach) campground, I recommend sites 31-50 as they're further away from the noise and traffic generated by the day-users. We'll be back next year, but for at least four days. You'll need at least that much time to explore the facilities and surrounding areas without wearing yourself out. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We agree with other's descriptions of the campground. In addition to the campground, this large state park has well preserved army fort. There are nature programs on the grounds, excellent especially for kids. Port Townsend is a lovely waterfront town with Victorian buildings and fine restaurants and shopping. Locals told us the area was economically depressed while other towns were doing redevelopment by tearing down old buildings, then realized the value of their ambience and preserved their heritage. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wow! What a fantastic state park. There are two campgrounds (upper & lower) with not one bad site between them. The upper campground is more forested. Sites 78-80 are particularly enjoyable because they're a bit more private and back into the forest. The lower campground is on the beach side of Fort Worden and site 38 is the best because it's as close to the ocean as it gets. If you're in a big rig, you'll be able to see the ocean and hear the waves. Also, Port Townsend is a wonderful town. There's so much to do here that you have to decide what not to do! We've been here for several nights and will definitely return. If you're thinking about coming here (with or without kids--furry and human), you should. It's one of the best state parks there is. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice state park, restrooms perfectly acceptable if a little mature. Good showers (50 cents for 3 minutes) but only one shower in each bathroom. Good level paved sites behind dunes, easy access to beach and Fort Worden. Free WiFi at the Commons, the Park Conference Center, a short walk away, which has nice a coffee shop. Hourly bus service to Port Townsend (or you can walk, it's only 1.5 miles). Nice place, good views, great hiking up and around artillery hill to see historic batteries along the north coast. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have camped at this park for years and love it. There are so many things to do such as hiking, walking on the beach, and visiting the museums. The city bus comes right to the park and will take you to historical downtown Port Townsend and makes regular trips back. In the winter, the water is turned off; otherwise, there is water hook-up. The views are breath-taking of the Olympic Mountains, the water and the lighthouse. It can get windy there since they are right off the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but that is part of the ambediance. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Overall great campground -- large, deep, wide sites. Plenty of room to spread out. Mostly 30 amps with only a few 50 amp sites (lower campground along the beach) -- and the staff don't seem to know which are where. Very convenient to Port Townsend with lots to do there. Great, fantastic hiking trails around the Fort with beautiful vistas of the water and interesting decomissioned artillery sites. Laundry facilities dirty, poorly maintained. They not enforce dogs off leash or speed limit rules AT ALL -- people drove around the campground way too fast. We liked our site but were glad to leave when families started to show up for the weekend with lots of kids none of whom (including the parents) seemed to understand that you don't walk across other people's camp sites. Would return (mid week). We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful setting, but the beach sites are very windy (would choose forest next time) and the bathrooms were closed from 8-10AM for cleaning! We thought $34 for a state park was unusual. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one our top 5 favorite parks. Our site was right on the dunes, flanking the beach. You can walk the beach, explore the old gun batteries that were built to protect the entrance to the Puget Sound or take an easy walk to the lighthouse on the point. Port Townsend is a charming town that has somehow escaped much of the over-commercialization that we see so often nowdays. We will return here at every opportunity. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice park and there is a number of things to do in the area. The sites are large and level. The scenery is great. There are mountain views, water views and the cutest lighthouse. We have camped here for years, previously in a camper. We have lost power here several times in the winter (it can be windy), but our latest visit was fine. There are many hiking trails, nice beaches, lots of history, and museums. The city bus comes through every hour and you can take it into town for a minimal charge. Port Townsend is a very interesting town. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Lot 25 provided a spacious partial ocean view. This is a great state park with lots of exploring opportunities. Close to the quaint town of Port Townsend. This park is where parts of Officer And A Gentleman was filmed. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love Fort Worden and camp there every year. The only thing I wish they would change - and this has nothing to do with the facilities themselves, is to change their reservation system! This is my only complaint about this park. Currently we must snail mail in our reservation 5 months prior. I don't know why their system is so poor and I wish they'd correct this. Other than that - we absolutely love camping here and we've been going every year for 6 years now. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This where an Officer and a Gentleman was filmed. It is also the home of a number of arts festivals during the year thru Centrum. The park is an old army artillery fort and is a lot of fun to explore. There are two campgrounds, one upper and the lower one by the water. Both areas are well kept up. We try to go there at least twice a year. You have to make your reservations thru the Park and not the Wash state parks system. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stopped here for one night only and found it to be adequate. All sites on grass. We had water and 20-amp electrical for $17. FHU are available for $20. Close to ferry dock and downtown. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The RV sat enjoying the view all by itself for the first few days while we were "at sea" on the Limit Stalker. We rushed to get set up and cast off but when we got back we realized we were in a prime location with an unobstructed view across the Puget Sound to Whidbey Island. The front row sites get the best view but there's not a bad spot in the park. The sites are all grass a/o gravel and many have two sewer drain spots so it's easy to park so you get a nice view. The Harbor Master's office doubles as the RV park office and the folks there are as nice as you'll find anywhere. There are restaurants on site and it's only a brisk walk to the charming "downtown" of Townsend with all of it's quaint shops and eateries. "She" will like the consignment shop on Water St while "he" can go one block over and peruse the woodworkers gallery and the auto garage collectors heaven. As was said before "It's the location that counts." We camped here in a Motorhome.
It's hard to rate this campground. The parking is tight, yet you can maneuver around easily. This campground is all about LOCATION. You are right on the water and it is so beautiful that the close RV spaces just don't matter. My husband and I have been coming here for a few years and will continue to do so. It's close to town and you can walk everywhere. If you love marinas, this is the place for you to visit the docks and drool over the old and new boats moored there. If you are lucky enough to be staying during a thunderstorm, count your blessings. It's seriously beautiful. We've hit one 2 years in a row. The air is fresh, the water laps onto the shoreline and it takes you to a point of relaxation that is not possible anywhere else. Fog horns, ferries, sailboats and sea birds are constant during the day. There are a few restaurants very close by that have delicious food and of course the downtown area is filled with funky eateries and shops. We'll be back in spite of our neighbors being only a few feet away. This park is all about the location. There is a limited stay so call ahead. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here one weeknight in late July. We had a level, FHU pull-through site with 60+ channel cable TV and adequate Wi-Fi on site. Our view was across the water (about 20 yards away) with a snow capped Mt. Baker gleaming in the the distance. You can see Mt. Ranier from other areas of the park. The sites are gravel and weeds/grass. We were in the west section of the park where the sites were roomier than those in the east section. The bathrooms are OK, but they have pay showers. There is a small (4 machines, I think) laundry. As others have noted, the marina, restaurants, shops, and all of downtown Port Townsend is within walking distance. We were lucky to reserve a site with just a few days notice. During the summer season, reservations are a must. The park itself is probably only a 5, but the location adds at least a point. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites: VERY tight. Gravel or dirt/grass. It takes quite a bit of maneuvering to fit into some spaces. Hook ups: FHU Some 30amp some 50amp for higher rate. Bathrooms: Did not check. Laundry: Looks ok, only peeked in. Pets: Very pet friendly. Lots of area to walk dogs. Check your dogs' paws nightly for cheatgrass/foxtails - nasty. WiFi: Free, but very slow. Verizon Internet: Worked well. Sprint Internet: Worked well. Verizon cell: Good reception. AT&T cell: Good reception. Book Exchange: No. Activities: No planned activities at the park, but lots going on in town and of course the marina and water activities. Mail delivery accepted: No. Area/Town/Sights: Almost everything is within walking distance of the park. That is the main reason for my high rating. The sites are pretty terrible and tight, but the view, the convenience of multiple restaurants and shopping is priceless. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very unusual park. It's owned by the municipality and sits immediately adjacent to the marina. Grass sites, gravel roads. There was a mix-up with our reservation and we had to move after the first night, but they didn't charge us for that night. Very friendly management. Spectacular views across Puget Sound to the Cascades. Sites on the loop are easier to get in/get out. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The rating of 8 relates to the excellent location, the killer view, and the friendly helpful staff. In addition, there are two restaurants and a pub on the grounds - where locals eat. We tried one and would eat there again. The park is a part of the marina complex and the whole area is wide open to the public. I would not leave things outside while away from the site. At the same time, it is super convenient to town. While fully serviced, the sites are basic and in some areas very close together. The grass was sparse and uncut, gravel was the norm and sites were poorly situated in some aspects. If facilities are important, this is not the place. Moreover, if you want to replace an awning just leave it up overnight as the wind can be impressive. All said, I will return for the location and the view - but carefully selecting my site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only reason I wouldn't give this a 10 is because the Wi-Fi is worse this year than last year when we stayed here. It really is a joke. There is a pay Wi-Fi available that is pretty good and pretty reasonable - it is called NOW. We stayed in the "Point Sites" area in #327. It is not rated as a view site but if the rig to the water side of you is small or positioned back far enough and you pull your rig up to the front you will have a very nice view. The location is great for walking into town or on the beach. It does get quite windy here and there is no protection from it. There are no trees. The sewer hook ups are at a weird angle so they require some propping to get a flow going. The showers are 25 cents for 1.5 minutes (not the 3 minutes in the previous review.) All in all it is a great place to stay to explore the area but not really to just hang out in. The staff is very nice but I think they are training some new people because we talked to a couple who's reservation got double booked and when we checked in they applied my payment to someone who was coming into the same site the following week. They figured it out and let me know. That was OK. Again - I would recommend this park if you want to see Port Townsend and the surrounding area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A good location for a day or two. The park is a large grassed area around the marina with all the hook ups that are needed for a couple of days. The showers and the washrooms are clean. Pay showers are 25 cents for 3 minutes. Washing machines are OK. The nice thing about this park is the location which is right at the end of the street with all the neat little shops, coffee bars, antique stores, and so many places to sit and relax. The restaurant (Doc's Grill) at the marina is also very good and the prices quite reasonable. It is a quiet place and the sound of the waves on the beach are a nice way to go to sleep. There is not much privacy between the sites, but the space is adequate, and it seems that most people are fairly quiet anyhow. It would be a good place in the summer when the sea can be swimmable. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is one of our favorite parks. Right on the ocean with great views, next to the marina with two restaurants, and two blocks from downtown Port Townsend. The sites to get are those on the waterfront. The bathrooms are immaculate (pay showers) and though the sites are gravel/dirt, this one is all about the location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nicely located right on the water (Puget Sound) near the downtown of little Port Townsend. You can't beat the views - especially if you can score a waterside site - but even if not - you will likely have a "peek-a-boo" view out of one or more of your windows - or you don't have to go far to sit out and enjoy the ferries and sailboats going by. It is a short walk to the Wooden Boat center and other points of interest and unique shops in downtown Port Townsend. There is a Safeway about 3 miles away - handy for re-stocking groceries. The showers are pay showers - only 1 1/2 min for a quarter so be quick. The staff is very friendly and informative. This is not very big so you really need a reservation. The WiFi is horrible!!! The cable TV is great!!! But you can get to a WiFi provider that is pretty reasonably priced and the connection speed is good. No trees, dried grass and gravel sites but level and easy in and out. Based on where it is located I imagine it could get really windy as it is on a point on Puget Sound. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I can support the detailed comments of the August 2012 review. We stayed in site 311, not too bad as there was very little traffic the one night we were there. It is very convenient to the ferry terminal and the adjacent dinner restaurant was excellent. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Two rates at this time: $30 for a "non water view" site, and $35 for "water view." If you come during mid-week, ask for site 303. It's very wide, and it's considered a "non water view" site; however, as long as no one occupies sites 305 and 306 (which are both "view" sites and are both meant for rigs under 25 feet) next door, you have a water view without paying for it! And you get a ringside seat to watch the ferries come and go. Try to avoid getting site 311. That site is on a "side by side" hookup, and is located right next to the driving area. Cars and RV's driving in to their sites will drive right next to your RV. SCARY! Sites are grass or gravel. Cable TV appeared to be analog, didn't get any digital. If you use antenna, you will get some digital channels. Laundry prices were decent, $2 to wash, $1.50 to dry. There are a some good restaurants within a short walk from this park if you don't tow a car. Good skate park for kids within walking distance. If you want to come here on weekends, even in winter, you need reservations. Port Townsend is a cute place to hang out, and this park is close to town. Price was reasonable for what you got,, but these are "winter" rates. According to web site, rates go up to $50+ in summer! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a 10/10 if you can score one of the waterfront sites. Right in Port Townsend within east walking distance of downtown (couple of blocks). Great views across to Whidbey Island, close to everything on the Olympic Peninsula. If you don't get a waterfront site it's probably a 7/10 with sites close together in essentially a gravel parking lot on the beach. Still worth recommending, but try to get a waterfront site! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Arrived here today; campground is as expected from their website, not large but not too busy this time of year. This is a great location on the waterfront and within walking distant to shops and restaurants. Sites are gravel and grass, level, more spacious than they look on the website map; plenty of room for our 27' 5th wheel and our truck either in front or beside. Our site has no picnic table but there are tables along the waterfront if we wanted to go over there another 150 feet. By phone reservation (extra $7) gave us a reserved site number which is not one of the premium sites but has a nice view of the waterfront in two directions, site #327. Paid off-season rate, no discounts, no weekly rate but monthly is available. Showers, restrooms and laundry have a combination secure entry; Wi-Fi is workable but not a strong signal at our site; cable TV works ok. For the price this is good for a well-run park, great location in a busy, pricey town. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an interesting park to review. The RV park is next to the marina and shares the showers and bathrooms facilities with it. The spaces are close together and are very basic dirty gravel spots with dead grass here and there. We stayed in one of the 'premium' spots that face the sound which gave us a gorgeous water view and the ferry going in and out of Port Townsend. So considering our view I would rate our spot 10/10 but the average sites throughout the park I would only rate a 6/10. This park is easy walking distance to the town of Port Townsend which is a neat little town with lots to see and do. Good restaurants, bars, and shops. One note if you stay here when the weather blows in the park is very exposed to the sound and the wind howls big time all day and all night. Verizon is good here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is part of a marina. It looks like it was an old boat parking lot. The sites are a mix of single and double parking. The doubles are very tight. The singles are the best to have because you at least have the service box between you and your neighbor and also you can move to the center of the site. The sites are not marked front to back so there is a wide variety of what you can do. Some sites are adjacent to restaurant parking and the first one we were given actually opened onto the road and parking lot. The sites are dusty gravel. Water pressure is good and Verizon reception is good. Access to town is good. If you get the right spot you may have a view of the ocean and not your neighbors slide. Getting in and out could be a problem if you are long because of the lack of a defined parking area. The posted fire code requires 10 space between rigs; we saw multiple instances where this was simply not the case and could not have been. We were on the east side but the west side (really two separate areas) seemed more like the normal RV Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Once again we were here for the annual RV.net summer mini rally and a good time was had by all. We were very happy with the help and the facilities. What more could you want with being able to sit out in the hot sun and look out over Puget sound and the Cascade mountains from Mt Baker to Mt Rainier. We were only 50' from the water. The restrooms, laundry and showers are kept up quite well. There are three restaurants on site from the small Sunset Cafe to the Shanghai rest to T's which is the nicest. It is within walking distance of downtown Port Townsend with all of its little shops and a number of very good eating places. There is also a farmer's market two days a week uptown. This is a great place to stay for either a nite or for an extended stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We found this campground to be right on the ocean/sound with the sites within a few feet of the beach. It is also within walking distance to downtown Port Townsend. It has only 30 amp electric but does have 50+ cable TV and decent Wi-Fi. Most sites are small and close together but we got our 42' fifth wheel in OK. There is an excellent walking path on the perimeter of the park. There is no shade but the breeze coming from the water is cooling and we didn't need the A/C in the 3 nites we were there. Very pet friendly and helpful staff. The park does get crowded on the weekend. They charge $7.00 to make a reservation. There are 2 good restaurants on the property as well as a marina. All the sites are pretty much gravel [some leveling required] and the roadway coming in is narrow but doable. All in all we found it to be a pleasurable stay. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was a neat park to stay in. We were right on the water, which is why the rate was a little high, but you can get a site not on the water for less. We had a perfect spot and were not right next to anyone else. Some of the other sites looked a little tight. They have a nice walking path that goes around the whole park/marina. It was neat seeing all the boats in the marina and being able to walk on the beach. The restrooms were clean and showers were clean, but they were pay showers. There is no playground, but we walked in to town, which is very cute and there is a playground there. Lots of neat shops and restaurants. There are also a couple places to eat right in the campground, which was nice. The only real complaint I had was the smell. When the tide went out, the smell was horrible. It didn't seem to bother other people, but I didn't like it at all. I think if they spent some time cleaning up the water front a bit, it wouldn't be so bad. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here for 3 nights. This is a great park. W e had a water front site right on the Point. I mean waterfront; it was 7 feet away from the water. The weather was terrible, but we still loved the the park. Restrooms were very clean; showers were real clean and cost .25 cents for 1.5 mins., I think, but it was hot and clean. If you go there, eat at T's Restaurant right on the point. Also go see the fort. It is a great thing to go see. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I would rate it a 10 for the waterfront and convenience to downtown. Maybe a 2 for the potholed roads and inconvenient hookups. Our sewer hookup was buried in tall weeds and was so high I always had to "walk" the contents out of the hose. We paid extra for the "premium" site which turned out to be 30 amps and at the end of the line for power. Even at midnight, we were reading less than 110 volts, during the day it would dip alarmingly as far as 94. The office staff were like, "Oh, well." But it was Memorial Day weekend in a popular place, so we were stuck. We drove by Fort Worden and realized we'd have been better off going there, which we will next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Conveniently located close to the Ferry and shopping and attractions in Port Townsend. Interior roads are a bit narrow. We visited on a weekend after what was apparently a busy week. The trash bins were "stout" and overflowing. There is no shade. It is nice enough with nice waterfront views. I suspect that it can be noisy on some days, but the hustle and bustle of the harbor area is part of the attraction. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We loved this park. It is right on the bay and we enjoyed watching the ships and the seagulls. Three restaurants are right next door and downtown is a short walk away. That being said, be aware there are no special amenities, only your standard campground hookups. Free Wi-Fi was added the first part of June. The rate reflects a seven dollar reservation fee, which you probably will need for a summer weekend. We definitely would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very scenic RV park. Not alot of amenities but you can't beat the view. We stayed for several days here. You can walk to the shops and restaurants in Port Townsend from the RV park. Very relaxing and enjoyable. They do have 50 amps but not in all sites, you have to ask for them when you make reservations. Don't expect alot of luxury here but you can't beat the view. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only 2 things this park has going for it are the views and location. Had to clean up trash and dog crap from spot before hooking up and letting my daughter out. We talked to Tom the park host about getting spot 307 to find out that it was taken. We wound up almost exactly 10 foot from another camper. Couldnt connect to the wifi from the spot we were in, to weak a signal. Chinese food nearby was horrible. Must visit the Nifty Fifties. good food, great service. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great Park! 270 degree view of the Straits, sound, and mountains. Also cruise ships and many others. Walking distance to town. Scenery-wise, this is as good as it gets! Tough to get into during the summer months, but beautiful the rest of the time anyway. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We loved the place except for two issues. Nice to find a campground that will not make your die from an asthma attack (no campfires). 1) Campground areas is not private, so people will drive through the RV area to park and go to the beach. 2) Sites are VERY narrow, and when a big rig with double slides parked the wrong way, we were squished. The staff does NOT seem to walk around and check things out, so they do NOT enforce the 10 ft between rigs rule. We could not put our awning out, which was a pain since the sun was shining through our windows and heating up the rig (Ya sun in PT, go figure). Otherwise the place is VERY nice. You don't go for the amenities, you go for the views and the beach and being a 10-minute walk to town. One word of advice, be nice to the ladies in the office, they work hard, and are very helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the site of the annual NW RV.net Mini rally and we love it here. There is no one in our group that says anything bad about this place and we will be coming back here again next year. Yes, it's a bit rough, but it's heavily used and is much better than it was several years ago. The sites are gravel, but basically level and the grass could use some water, but it's still better than some of the "RESORTS" I stayed in this summer for more money. The restrooms, showers and laundry room are all new and there is a nice meeting room. There are two quite good restaurants on site as well as the newly refurbished marina. We like it and use it several times a year.Oh, yes the view is an eleven and it's within easy walking to downtown. And it's Coast Guard, not Navy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Park is in a run down former naval base surrounded by buildings in need of paint and repair. Many sites are on the water and the rest have water views. Grounds are not well maintained and the place has the feel of financial woes. Ok but expensive for an overnight after the ferry ride, but certainly not a vacation spot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When trying to review this campground, several words come to mind. Like dump, unkempt,dirty, junky, disrepair, un-level, needing maintenance badly, and so forth. It does have a good view (although not as stunning as some have said), but the condition of this property is appalling. Its a shame that the city doesn't develop this land into a first class campground but, rather, they are spending their dollars on the adjacent marina. If you visit this place before you make your reservations, you will not stay here. As to all the other positive comments? I can only presume that either (a) these people put view above all else, or (b) somebody is pumping in phony reviews of this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Brand new restrooms and showers were terrific. New laundry room, also. It was chilly while we were there, but the restrooms maintained a very comfortable 68 degrees. Waterfront sites are fabulous, though you might not want to be on the south side in a winter storm. Wonderful place, extremely friendly staff. Easy walk to town and shuttle bus stop right at the entrance. This is one of our favorite places. WiFi was good, choice of two providers - both a bit expensive. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice location, but rundown in general. Low water pressure (<40psi) & 30 amp only. Views are fantastic and the proximity to downtown Pt. Townsend is great: walk to restaurants, shops, marinas, etc. The staff says the city of Pt. Townsend is restraining them from upgrading or improving the facility. And these facilities really need improving: gravel sites, debris everywhere. They plan to increase their rates next year, but offer no evidence of any plan to improve the facilities to warrant the increase, nor any plan to improve water pressure or increase to 50 amp. Restrooms and laundry facility clean and convenient, but adjacent restaurant restrooms and facilities were filthy. In need of a visit from health department. You come here for the experience and proximity to Pt. Townsend once maybe, but the large, convenient RV spaces at Fort Warden and other RV parks in the area (Sequim even) are close enough to make this a second or third choice the next time around. Staff were friendly enough, but had a kind of take-it-or-leave-it attitude. Views of the strait were fantastic: especially sunrisees. Lots of marine traffic to watch: ships, boats, etc.). Tourists and walking visitors (non RV owners) walk through the RV sites with abandon to see the views, and seem to have no clue that they are "trespassing" on the paid RV sites. Evidence of poor planning, signage, and layout. Stayed in a 43' coach and access was easy in and out. Overall: would return but would choose a site subject to less foot traffic, and then only for a brief visit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Once again this cg came thru with beautiful weather.. The views are magnificent. We had 8 rigs and they were very helpful with the arrangements. Waterfront sites are $35, the others are $30 and they will be going to a non-refundable $7 res. fee next year. There are res. available for small groups and they encourage you to make them in Jan. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Friendly on check-in. Did not see any staff for the three days we stayed here. An older campground that used to be a Coast Guard station years ago. Most sites have a view of the ocean with some sites right on the ocean. Picnic tables only availble to the sites that are on the ocean. Sites are reasonably level gravel. WiFi is available for a fee and not the best with access problems at times. A nice walkway along the beach for the length of the park. The best features are that the park is within a couple of blocks of Port Townsend and has a great view. Port Townsend is a great town with lots of restaurants and shops aimed at tourists. This park used to be much nicer with gardens along the beach front but have been left to grow over with weeds. We would stay again for the view and location. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The Point Hudson Resort and Marina is walking distant to Port Townsend. Port Townsend is a great place to walk around. The proximity to town is a definite plus. It seemed as if all of the campsites had an ocean view. Really spectacular views. The managers were very friendly. All hookups worked well. You had about 14 channels on the cable. There is a cafe and chinese restaurant right on the premises. Lots of room for parking. I had a great experience there. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The location of this park is awesome. Within walking distance of all the cool shops and amenities of downtown yet a magnificant view of the water! If you stay here, you can watch the boats as they come and go from the marina. We walked around the marina and saw otters swimming around, some climbing into the boats looking for treats. We love the 'Nifty Fifties' diner for real malt shakes, the Bellmont Hotel is an awesome place for dinner. We love staying here and will definitely be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one of our favorite places in Washington state. We try to get here at least once per year. As others have stated the views are beautiful, the campground is clean and well kept. Ocean front sites are $30/night, others are $25. Wi-Fi internet is available at $6.95/24 hour period. Downtown Pt. Townsend is a 5 minute walk away and there are a lot of great shops to visit. We highly recommend the "Nifty Fiftys" diner on the waterfront near the north end of town for great ice cream shakes, malts and 50s type fare. For an up-scale restaurant with great clam chowder try the Belmont Hotel also on the waterfront in the middle of town. There is also a chinese restaurant and a small cafe at the campground. No campfires are allowed, this is because it is within city limits and it is a city ordinance. At low tide try walking west up the beach to the absolutely beautiful (in the summer) city garden park featuring lots of flowers and landscaping. I do recommend reservations especially if you want one of the waterfront sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Once again I have to say that this is still one of the nicest CGs I have stayed in. They are continually upgrading the facilities. Don't look for concrete pads as this is beachfront and the surfaces have to be pervious. The restrooms and showers have been upgraded and along with the two restaurants on site, there is now a kayak rental facility, a B&B, and the home of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Society, as well as a first class marina. All this and the view, this is a definite 10. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We would have to completely agree with the previous comments, we will be going back in the near future. The only negative comment is if it is a foggy night there is a fog horn on park grounds that will make you question whether you will be able to sleep. Fortunately for us it only sounded for about an hour. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 10 / 10 ]
Have stayed here many times and the place only gets better. It is completely rehabbed now and no long term camping allowed. Sites are more level and all utilities are modernized. Several front row (waterfront) sites have concrete patios and new tables. The Port of Port Townsend is really making this into a first class Park. If you have a boat, they have also upgraded the marina side and the two restaurants ONSITE are verrrry good. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 10 / 10 ]
This has got to be one of the most beautiful campgrounds around. The view is of the Straits of Juan De Fuca,Whidbey Island and most of the northern Cascade range. Even when the weather is lousy there is something to see. The restrooms are great and there are two differentr estaurants on site. One is for breakfast and lunch and the other is a pretty good Chinese place. I really can't say enuff about this place. Oh yes, it has just been completely rehabbed. The marina is also great and this place is the headquarters of the Wooden Boat Foundation. It is also walking distance
to downtown Port Townsend. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.