Rainy, January days may not have you thinking about summer adventures, but NOW really is the time to think about your summer camping plans, especially if you’d like to score a weekend reservation at a popular campground. Reader mom, Julie, wrote this great piece for us on her family’s trip to Fort Flagler, a perfect Puget Sound area destination for family camping.
In June my kids and I went to the perennially popular Fort Flagler State Park. It was our first camping trip with just the three of us (my husband stayed home and worked), and we went mid-week. This state park and campground gets rave reviews all around, and it’s booked well in advance for weekends. However, we had no problem reserving a site a week or so before we went (Tues-Thurs).
Fort Flagler sits on the northernmost tip of Marrowstone Island. From the beaches there are great views of Port Townshend and Whibey Island across the sound. We stayed at the upper tent loop, which was quiet and private with a lot of trees. My kids were thrilled to explore the trails that looped through the campground. Many people love to explore the old bunkers that are housed at this old fort, but for us the big draw was the beach. We settled into a sandy spot on a protected little bay by the lower campground, and my kids had a blast scooping up tiny crabs in buckets and playing in the water. The next morning we visited a beach on the other side of the park. It was windy, but the kids enjoyed building forts with the driftwood and throwing rocks in the water. We also saw a couple of passing submarines, some sea otters, and several bald eagles.
While we spent most of our time happily at the edge of the water, there are also historic buildings, bunkers, and hiking/biking trails for those who are interested. We had a blast and could have easily stayed longer. Highly recommended!
For more ideas, don’t miss Keri’s round up of favorite Puget Sound camping spots for families.
We’re excited to bring you more feature content and reviews from reader moms (and dads) like you! This article and photo is from Julie Collins. Look for more of her work here soon!
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