We needed to just get out of the city and do some camping therapy…. Manchester State park was perfect. It took no time to get there from Seattle and the park staff were GREAT and gave us some great tips for future visits. The camp site was perfect….clean and just what we needed to unwind. The park hostesses very nice and helpful as well. There was plenty to do hikes, beach combing and most of all quiet. Defiantly going back midweek getaways.
We camped here while attending a friends wedding at the old torpedo warehouse located in the park near the beach. Quite a scenic location for a wedding!
The day time activities are fun. You can hike the trails and do some general exploring. Lots of beach and military sights to see. Careful of poison oak if you are doing some hiking!
Our site was tiny and a bit swampy beyond the table and fire ring. The mosquitoes are pretty terrible here, at least in early summer. We got to break out our tent room for the first time, so that was neat, Also, no alcohol outside your site at anytime and no access to the beach after dusk. I had never encountered such a bummer at a state park before. We were apprehended and scolded like children for taking a walk with a can of beer to watch the sunset. Just doing their job, I know. But, I haven't been made to feel like that since middle school. A bit uncalled for.
This CG is a hidden jewel located on the east side of Bainbridge island on beautiful rich passage. like many sites on the Puget Sound this was first used as a military base for the US Navy to guard the Bremerton ship yards during the Spanish American war and WW2. There are many remnants of the fort located in the park. Look for the cement form lines on the buildings, they are only 18” high at best, this is because when they were built Portland cement hadn’t been invented yet, it took quite a while for the cement to dry before adding the “next layer”. You can also see this type of construction at Fort Flagler, Fort Casey and Fort Worden, AKA “The iron triangle”. The campground was nice and clean with some spots dedicated for two camps as a shared site, this allowed us to park are little trailers next to each other and made for a quaint spot.
close enough to town that if you forget something it’s a few minutes in. short trails around the park with great views of the sound and the ferries. we usually set up the slack line in the park and bounce around Great history too.
Shady in a lot of areas