A guest recently asked us to recommend 2-6 mile day hikes within a 30-minute drive of the suites. Our wheels immediately started spinning because there are several fantastic hikes that fit that description! We put a lot of time, thought, and care into compiling this list and thought it could be a great resource for future guests and visitors. Read on for our top FIVE picks!
Fort Worden State Park
Fort Worden State Park is a historic park located on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, in Port Townsend proper. The park boasts over 12 miles of hiking trails that wind through lush forests and open meadows, offering visitors stunning views of the Puget Sound and the nearby mountains. The trails are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including old-growth Douglas fir, bald eagles, and harbor seals. In addition to hiking, visitors can also explore the park's historic military structures, which have been repurposed as museums, conference centers, and eateries.
Read more about Fort Worden State Park - Link to Fort Worden trail maps
Fort Townsend State Park
Fort Townsend State Park is a 367-acre park located on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, just a few miles from Port Townsend. The park is a popular destination for hikers, with over 6 miles of trails that wind through old-growth forest and along the shores of the Puget Sound. The trails offer visitors a chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and great blue herons. The park also features a historic military installation that was used to defend the Puget Sound in the early 1900s, with many of the original structures still standing and available to explore.
Read more about Fort Townsend State Park - Link to Fort Townsend Trail Map
Fort Flagler State Park
Fort Flagler State Park is a sprawling 784-acre park located on the northern tip of Marrowstone Island, just a few miles from Port Townsend. The park is known for its rich history, with a number of historic military structures that were used to defend the Puget Sound in the early 1900s. Visitors can explore these structures and learn about the park's fascinating past, or hike one of the park's many trails that offer breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and the nearby mountains. The trails wind through a variety of ecosystems, from dense forest to open meadows, and are home to a wide range of wildlife, including black bears, river otters, and bald eagles.
Read more about Fort Flagler State Park - Link to Fort Flagler Trail Map
Port Ludlow Falls
Port Ludlow Falls is a stunning waterfall located just a few miles from Port Townsend. The waterfall is easily accessible via a short hike, and offers visitors a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The trail leading to the falls winds through lush forest and along the banks of a nearby creek, offering glimpses of wildlife such as Pacific tree frogs and songbirds. At the end of the trail, visitors are rewarded with stunning views of the waterfall cascading over a series of rocky ledges.
Read more about Port Ludlow Falls - Link to Port Ludlow Falls Trail Map
Anderson Lake State Park
Anderson Lake State Park is a 476-acre park located just a few miles from Port Townsend. The park features over 5 miles of hiking trails that wind through dense forest and along the shores of Anderson Lake, a popular spot for fishing and boating. The trails offer visitors stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains, as well as a chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including black-tailed deer, red foxes, and ospreys. The park is also home to a variety of plant species, including Pacific yew and western red cedar, which are important to the local ecosystem.
Read more about Anderson Lake State Park - Link to Anderson Lake State Park Trail Map
As you can see, there are many options for local day hikes in and around Port Townsend. Each of these breathtaking, serene, and enjoyable hikes get you closer to nature and the quiet charm that you seek to experience when visiting our rural area.
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Alexis & Adrian