"Facing the Straight of Juan de Fuca" Fort Casey by glabah

Fort Casey Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 85 photos

NOTE: As of July 1, 2011, a day use fee has been implemented at many Washington State parks. This fee is $10 per day, or a $30 fee for a year pass. There is a $5 fee in addition to the annual pass fee if purchased at one of the many resellers. Please see my Discover Pass tip for a little more about this. For a bit more about Washington State parks in general, please see my Washington State Parks tip.

Fort Casey and its state park is a mixture of historic reserve and recreational state park that faces south towards Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend, and west to the Straight of Juan de Fuca.

While the first purpose of setting aside land here was for the lighthouse guarding the entrance to Puget Sound, eventually it was decided that more substantial protection was needed. Several large fortifications were built surrounding Admiralty Inlet with fairly good sized weapons.

By the end of World War II, the air force, radar, and other methods of detecting an enemy force while it was still far out at sea had rendered such facilities as Fort Casey surplus, and it was closed. It is still possible to explore the ruins of the fortress here, but watch where you step as it can be very dangerous.

Additional activities here include walking along the beach, scuba diving, camping at the campground at the bottom of the hill, and using the expansive picnic spaces.

The interpretive center is located inside the Fort Casey Lighthouse, but the lighthouse is only open to the public on certain days in the off season.

There are a few trails through the forest, but they are very short. For the most part, the forest is just left wild.

Deer come and visit the open grasslands frequently.

Beach-front camping is possible on the campground, which is primarily set up for recreational vehicles.

The Port Townsend ferry departs from the small cove at the bottom of the hill, near the campground.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Attractive and spectacular viewpoint of the Straight of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains.
  • Cons:Not a huge range of activities available here.
  • In a nutshell:Great place to stop and relax and poke about on the beach and explore the ruins.
  • Last visit to Fort Casey: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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