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Fort Flagler State Park
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Fort Flagler State Park © DKRKaynor / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Side by side mortar pits at Fort Flagler State Park. Each pit had 4 mortar stands.
Fort Flagler State Park © DKRKaynor / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Entrance sign for Fort Flagler State Park, Washington State
Fort Flagler State Park © Pseudonymoniker / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Fort Flagler
Fort Flagler State Park © DKRKaynor / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The museum is one of the original buildings at Fort Flagler.
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10541 Flagler Road
Nordland, Washington   98358
(lat:48.0953 lon:-122.7025) map location

Phone: 360-385-1259
Fort Flagler State Park is a 784-acre marine camping park surrounded on three sides by 19,100 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound, with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th-century-established military fort. This historic fort offers gun batteries to explore and guided heritage tours. Panoramic views of surrounding mountains and Puget Sound add to the attractions.
Nature of the Area

History of the Area
Fort Flagler, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Worden and Fort Casey, once guarded nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890's, became the first line of a fortification system designed to prevent a hostile fleet from reaching such targets as the Bremerton Naval Yard and the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Construction began in 1897 and continued in one form or another until the fort was closed in 1953. The property was purchased as a state park in 1955. Fort Flagler is named after Brigadier General Daniel Webster Flagler.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
The park has 116 standard tent sites, 57 utility spaces, 2 primitive sites, one dump station, four restrooms (one ADA) and eight showers (two ADA).

Forty-seven standard tent sites are in the upper camping area. Because this area is on a bluff above the water and is canopied with trees, it is not suitable for large RVs.

Twelve tent sites and 57 full utility sites are in the lower park area and have easy access to the water. Maximum site length is 50 feet (may have limited availability).

To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Group Accommodations:

The park provides two primitive group camps with vault toilets and no showers. The scout area accommodates tents only with a maximum of 40 people. There is a fire ring and one open-sided shelter with a vault toilet. The wagon wheel camp accommodates both RVs and tents. There are two vault toilets and no hookups. Fees vary with size of the group. To make a reservation for either group camp, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

More about park hours Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
1. Fort Flagler State Park offers two swimming areas on the beach.
2. The park does not have lifeguards, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is best during high tide due to rocky terrain exposed during low tides.
4. Visitors can also enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving in designated zones within the park's waters.
5. Kayaking or paddleboarding are popular water activities besides traditional swimming here as well.

The park offers two boat ramps and 256 feet of moorage dock. Moorage docks are seasonal, removed between Sept. 15 and March 25 each year.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit may be purchased at the park.

Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available. For more information, call (360) 902-8844.
Enjoy saltwater fishing from the shoreline or a boat. Species include salmon, flounder and crab. A license is required.

Explore freshwater options in nearby lakes for trout and bass; remember to check local regulations first.

Try your hand at shellfish harvesting during designated seasons - clams, oysters are abundant here.

Fishing gear rentals aren't available on-site so bring your own equipment along with you.

Remember that all anglers over 15 years old must have an appropriate Washington State Fishing License.

The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity on the west side of the island across the road from the Kilisut Harbor launch and the concession area. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

The park provides 19 sheltered and 40 unsheltered picnic tables, all scattered throughout the park with the largest number located on the beach available first-come, first-served.
1. North Beach Trail: This 2-mile trail offers stunning views of the Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet, with a chance to spot wildlife like deer or eagles.

2. South Bluff Trail: A short but steep hike that leads you up to an old military bunker on top of a bluff overlooking Port Townsend Bay.

3. Gun Battery Loop: An easy loop around historic gun batteries from World War II era; interpretive signs along the way provide historical context about Fort Flagler's role in national defense.

4. Lagoon Loop Trail: A peaceful walk through wetlands teeming with birdlife, this flat path is perfect for families or those looking for less strenuous activity.

5. Kilisut Harbor Kayak Route (Water-based): Although not technically hiking trails, these water routes offer unique perspectives on Fort Flagler State Park's natural beauty via kayak exploration across Marrowstone Island shoreline.

6. Maritime Forest Trails: These are series of interconnected paths winding through lush forested areas within park boundaries offering serene environment away from beachfront hustle-bustle.

7. Hospital Hill Hiking Pathway: It takes hikers uphill towards remnants of former army hospital site providing panoramic view over Strait Juan de Fuca & Whidbey island.

8. Campground Connector Paths: They link various camping sites together allowing campers convenient access throughout different sections inside state park.

9. West End Parade Grounds Walkways: Paved pathways suitable even for wheelchair users surrounding open grassy area used historically as parade grounds by stationed troops during early 20th century.

10. East Beach Sand Dunes Track: Short sandy track leading directly onto East beach dune system ideal place to observe coastal vegetation adaptation against harsh salty winds blowing off sea surface.
Biking is permitted on the park's roads and trails, offering scenic views. Be cautious as some areas are hilly.

The 5-mile Discovery Trail offers a moderate biking experience with occasional steep sections; helmets recommended.

For an easy ride, try the Lower Campground Loop - it's flat but watch for pedestrians and vehicles.

Experienced cyclists might enjoy challenging themselves on Marrowstone Point Road which has steeper inclines.

Remember to respect wildlife habitats while cycling in this area by staying within designated paths only.

Always ensure your bike lights work properly if you plan to cycle after dusk due its limited lighting conditions.
Nature Programs
Visitors may explore the military museum, which includes an interactive display.
Birding enthusiasts can spot a variety of species such as Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Black Oystercatchers. The park is also home to Northern Harriers, Pileated Woodpeckers and various waterfowl. During migration season, birdwatchers may see Western Sandpipers or Dunlins in large numbers. Raptors are common during fall migrations while seabirds like Rhinoceros Auklets become more visible from the beach areas in winter months.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 10 Now open year round
park review stars; one to five Camping is available year round. The lower campground sites 48-116 will be open all year. Sites 1-47 are open seasonally May through October. We also have a Retreat Center facility and 5 historic vacation houses to choose from.
July 16 ***PERFECT*** by Audra L.
park review stars; one to five I could not ask for anything better! Wonderful campsites, walking distance to the beach, helpful staff, family oriented, relaxing, well maintained restrooms, etc. If you love camping, you will love what Fort Flagler has to offer!
March 3 Adventure for Dreams by Happy
park review stars; one to five I loved the opportunity and sit and watch the paragliders fly to their hearts content. It was if I was up in the sky with them. What I thought was mind blowing was an eagle joining in the flights with them. Wow. What an unexpected pleasure to see nature blend with man. Try that on a bicycle!
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Located eight miles northeast of Hadlock (Port Hadlock), Wash., on the northern tip of Marrowstone Island in Jefferson County.

Park address:10541 Flagler RoadNordland, WA 98358

Located eight miles northeast of Hadlock (Port Hadlock), Wash., on the northern tip of Marrowstone Island.

From Seattle or Edmonds:

Take Kingston Ferry or Bainbridge Island Ferry, and follow signs to Hood Canal Bridge. Cross over and drive five miles, then turn right onto easily-missed Hwy. 19 (Beaver Valley Rd.). Travel 10 miles to the Chimacum four-way stop. Take a right on Chimacum-Center Rd. At four-way stop in Port Hadlock, turn right onto Oak Bay Rd. Go approximately one mile and turn left onto SR 116. Fort Flagler is at end of road, approximately 10 miles from the Oak Bay Rd.

From Port Townsend:

Drive south out of town on Sims Way and continue south on Hwy 20 for approximately 2.5 miles to the stop light. Continue straight onto Hwy 19. Travel three miles to Ness' Corner Road and turn left. At the four way stop in Port Hadlock, continue straight onto Oak Bay Road. After approximately one mile, turn left onto State Route 116. Follow the route to the end of the road and directly into the park.

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