Fort Worden Historical State Park is a 434-acre multi-use park with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th century military fort. Some are rented out as vacation rentals, although we thought that the rates were pricey.
Port Worden was part of the Triangle Defense System prior to WWI. It had huge armory guns aimed toward the Puget Sound in such a way that with the other two Defense Forts, the Sound was protected from coastal intruders. According to the historical information that I obtained, no guns ever saw action during any conflict from this site. However, the guns were later removed and put into service in Europe during the conflict of WWI.
We walked the beach where some of it was rocky and other parts were sandy. We checked out the wharf and watched the sea gulls and sea lions lounge in the water nearby. Small water crafts were cruising the shore and we saw a few sailing vessels. Standing on the point with the sea on three sides and the wind making the waves froth with white caps was an exciting experience for this inland traveler. It was an enjoyable morning filled with different sights, sounds and experiences.
We found ourselves hungry after the long walk on the beach and headed to Port Townsend for lunch. Lucky us, we took a wrong turn and ended up at another pier with boats, RVs, more sea gulls and that wonderful salt water smell.