Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

RV Park Review - Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center (Port Townsend, Oregon)

Overall, this is a nice state park campground.  It sits right in the northern-most portion of Puget Sound and on the Strait of Juan de Fuca with great water access and gorgeous views.  The park and conference center covers 434 acres and offers plenty of recreational activities including hiking trails, historic buildings, a lighthouse, marine science center, fishing, biking, etc. 

typical back-in site in the beach campground
The park has 80 sites in two loops - the beach campground and the upper campground.  The beach campground (where our campsite was) has 50 full-hookup sites (electric is 30 amp only).  The upper campground has 30 sites with water and electric only but there is a dump station nearby.  Reservations can be made online.

{Note:  this review only pertains to the beach campground since that is where we stayed.}

Sites in the beach campground are level, paved, and are a mix of back-in and pull-thru’s.  There is very little vegetation for privacy at sites but they are set far apart so you don’t feel like you are on top of someone. 

Each site has a concrete picnic table and fire pit.  Our picnic table was located behind the site which was a little awkward. 

pull-thru site with the Strait of Juan de Fuca just across the dune
Our Verizon hotspot and cell service worked well and we were able to get a few television channels with the antenna since we hadn't hooked up satellite again.  

There are very few RV park amenities to speak of…just a small canteen (that has next to nothing).  But the great thing about this park is all the things I mentioned in the first paragraph.  Bathrooms and shower buildings were new.

The campground is about two miles from downtown Port Townsend and restaurants, shopping, museums, gas stations, etc. 

What we really liked about this campground was the beach access and the many places we could walk Spirit.  The beach was a pleasant place to sit and watch the ships go by.  There is an old lighthouse that adds to the charm of this place. 

The not so good thing about this park was that the electric was 30 amp.  The lack of shade and 30 amps could be a problem if you need to run two air conditioners but the weather was perfect and we just left the windows open. 

Spirits two cents: the water dog was happy when running on the beach and swimming in the sound.  There is no off-leash dog park but plenty of places to walk your pooch.  

Point Wilson Light
The Marine Science Center
The beach right next to the campground...perfect for launching a kayak or walking on the beach.
One of the historic buildings near the campground.


  1. Great review and pictures - we volunteered at the Coast Artillery Museum. If you watch "An Officer and a Gentleman" you'll see that it was filmed in front of the building, and many of the outdoor training scenes were filmed just up from where you were parked. Thanks for rekindling our memories!

  2. Nice & fantastic pictures, I really like this very much. Thanks for sharing!

    Zion National Park RV Campground

  3. You can't beat having a beach front site. I'm sure Spirit agrees. :c)


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