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Fort Ward Park

Puget Sound and Islands

Location

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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Length

2.25 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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Fort Ward Park has a rich history and a variety of trails. This park used to be a military fort to protect the navy yards in Bremerton. It was closed in the ‘60s and has been public land ever since, first as a state park and now as a local city park. You will find a few remnants of this military past along the beach, but the majority of the park is in a natural setting.

Take your pick of three trails to explore. The lower trail is paved and flat and parallels the beach, offering access to the shore. The upper trail is steeper and winds up and away from the water to traverse a forested slope. And in-between these two is the Ridge trail. The views across the Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains are widespread and stunning on a clear day.

In addition to the network of trails and the historical monuments, there are several benches and picnic areas throughout the park.

To extend your trip you can also exit the park on a trail that leads to Blakely Harbor, another popular park on the south end of Bainbridge Island.

 

Fort Ward Park

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5836, -122.5228 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District

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Getting There

There are two parking areas for Fort Ward Park—both have restrooms and ample parking.

For the SE entrance:
Head straight off the ferry in Bainbridge and take the first left onto Winslow Way. Then quickly take the first right onto Ericksen Ave. for 0.3 mile. Turn left onto Wyatt Way for 3.8 miles as it turns into Eagle Harbor Drive, Bucklin Hill Rd, and Blakely Ave. Next, turn right onto Country Club Road, then take the first right onto Fort Ward Hill Road for 0.8 mile before turning right into the signed park entrance.

For the NW entrance:
Head straight off the ferry in Bainbridge and take the first left onto Winslow Way. Then quickly take the first right onto Ericksen Ave. for 0.3 mile. Turn left onto Wyatt Way for 3.0 miles as it turns into Eagle Harbor Dr., Bucklin Hill Rd., and Blakely Ave.—then make a slight right turn onto W Blakely Ave. for 0.4 mile, then a slight left onto Pleasant Beach Dr. for 0.5 mile to the parking area.

Take Transit

Route 98 and 99 stop at the intersection of Fort Ward Hill Road and Park View Drive NE, which is a 0.4 mile walk to the SE park entrance.

Route 98 stops at the intersection of W Blakely Ave and NE Oddfellows Road.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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