Step into U.S. military history at Fort Flagler Historical State Park on the northern tip of Marrowstone Island. Tour and explore a significant coastal defense fort established more than a century ago to guard the entrance to Puget Sound.
Built in the late 1890s and manned during World War I, World War II and the Korean War, Fort Flagler now features a military museum and gift shop. The park offers guided tours of the gun emplacements and other facilities during the summer. Or find the batteries on your own and wander through them at leisure.
Fort Flagler activities include hiking, boating, kite-flying, beach exploration, saltwater fishing, clam digging and crabbing. Experienced paragliders can bring their wings and ride thermals up to stupendous aerial views.
Group camps Hoskins, Richmond and Wilson are available for retreats of up to 250 people, and historic officers' vacation houses can be booked for group gatherings and romantic getaways. Beachfront tent and RV sites boast some of the best views in the region. So gaze out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, the Olympic Peninsula to the west and Whidbey Island to the east, and breathe deep of the ocean air.
The group of forts once known as the "Triangle of Fire" (made up of Fort Flagler, Fort Worden and Fort Casey) is a must-see for military, armament and maritime enthusiasts. Fort Flagler's off-the-beaten track location and its wide, manicured former parade lawns make it a winning destination.
Fort Flagler Camping has 59 standard sites, 55 full-hookup sites, two primitive sites, one Cascadia Marine Trail (PDF) site, one dump station, two restrooms.
Forty-seven standard tent sites and two primitive sites are in the upper camping area. This area is suitable for tents and some sites can accommodate RV's up to 25 feet.
Twelve standard sites and 55 full-hookup sites are in the lower camp area and have easy access to the beach. Maximum site length is 50 feet (limited availability).
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. Check-out time is 1 p.m.
I have camped here twice, once on upper campgrounds and most recently the lower loop. We stayed in #83 in the lower loop and loved it. Nice spacious site with our trailer and slightly wooded for privacy with a view of the water. The bathroom and shower facilities are clean and warm. Nice playground for kids and beaches to explore. Tons of old war bunkers as well. About 35 minutes to port Townsend for a good meal and shopping. Highly recommend this campground. Books up fast! Caution with the upper campground. We did tent camping in the summer and our site was completely dirt. We ended up very dusty and dirty and it was a little out of control and we just succumbed to being dirty and dusty. Not all sites are that way but if we had it to do over we would be more careful.
Really cool spot in the sound. Either ocean front wide open setup or back in the woods. Cool snack shack and play ground. Nice beaches.
My family has been going to this state park since before I was born and it never disappoints. Amazing views, lots to do and a wonderful place to spend some time. I look forward to going every year.
Clean, quiet campground with nice views! It felt far enough away from the big city, but still close enough to get to easily! Sounds of the waves lapping along the shore all night and birds chirping in the trees all day
Loved camping here we had a big party. 23 total - including 9 kids. The kids had a blast exploring the fort and the forest around the campsite. There's a big beach with a small general store/burger joint within walking distance. Port Townsend is just a short drive way and there are other beaches and areas to explore.
The campsites are spacious and clean with easy access to water.
We went in spring and it rained a lot, but still got out to explore the bunkers and the beach. Beach front sites and more trees sites. Bikes are helpful to explore the whole park. Quiet island history!
Easy to access, has bathrooms on site. Will require a State Park Pass, they do check vehicles and ticket people ($10 for day & $30 for one year.) It is a fun day try or a overnight stay. Rentals are available or you can bring your own accommodations. The beach stretches for miles with views of Mt. Baker. Lots of marine life to see. If you are lucky you may even see whales of different varieties go by. Explore the old fort that is open all the time. Or join a guided tour. Check out the store and museum setup that they have. Watch Eagles fly over and land on trees by the old fort very cool to see
Fort Flagler state park makes up for the fact that it isn’t the easiest park to arrive at by being one of the best parks you can arrive at in the area. We made an attempt to camp over Memorial Day to find that this park definitely needed to be reserved beforehand as every spot was taken all weekend. The park sits on the hood canal and the straight and is an old military base, still with artifacts from the area to explore. We stopped at the old gun area and started a short 2 - 3 mile hike around the area. The hike was pleasant as it traveled through forests with peek a boo views of the water. The downside is there is only around 6 miles of trails in the park. The camping areas are split into two. A more rv friendly part of the park by the water and a more tenter friendly part of the park that gives an amazing view of the Olympics. The park by far would be the one we would go back to in the area.
From arriving to leaving it was a great experience. Beach front camping, old fort to explore, and endless outdoor opportunities.
It had been 9 years since the last time we camped at Fort Flager. We stayed in the upper campground, 45. It was on the smaller size but it fit our 21ft Class C just fine. Bathrooms and showers are available. It was all in very good condition. The campground has a lot of volunteers that help keep the place running. The lower campground has hookups but you have no privacy. Lots to do there…beach, crabbing, clamming, playground, sport courts, trails, and the most fun is exploring all the gun batteries. We did the tour and it was very informative. Lots of history and there are even a few geocaches. There is also a museum.
We stayed 2 nights and didn't have to leave because there was so much to do. There is even a store down by the beach if you need anything or just want some ice cream.