Built in 1856, Fort Townsend operated as a U.S. Army site on and off until a fire destroyed its barracks in 1895. The property was used as an enemymunitions defusing station during World War II. State Parks took custody of the premises in 1953. This small camping park south of Port Townsend is unique among Washington’s coastal forts because it has all but returned to nature. Walk the parade lawn and find interpretive plaques lining the former Officers’ Row. A park ranger conducts interpretive walks by request on Saturdays. Explore a historic torpedo tower that held state-of-the-art technology during World War II (and is now part of the group campground). Don’t forget to check the park’s calendar to learn about events taking place on the lawn. Fort Townsend provides a quieter alternative to its busier northern neighbor, Fort Worden. The park has 6 miles of loamy trails through Douglas firs, Western hemlock, cedar trees and ferns. Wander down to the beach for views of Port Townsend Bay. The park has 40 standard campsites and four hiker/biker campsites that are first-come, first-served. The park has one dump station, two restrooms and one shower. For more information about Fort Townsend, visit parks.state.wa.us/510/ Fort-Townsend.
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