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Great trails even in the off season

The best part about American Camp is the beaches and coves on the south side of the park. South... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2019
Pullman, Washington
Be sure and view the short movie

If you're on San Juan Island a visit to either American Camp or English Camp is a must. View the... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2018
Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 22 January 2019

Short walk to American Camp from parking lot. Lots of fencing, 2 building left. Not that interesting. If you keep walking down towards water, come to Granny's cove, small protected beach with lots of driftwood logs. Pretty.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 1cannotstandstill
Reviewed 6 January 2019

The best part about American Camp is the beaches and coves on the south side of the park. South Beach is the longest public access beach in the islands and Grandma's Cove is an interesting little stretch of beach as well. Trails lead all the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PullmanCougar
Reviewed 11 November 2018

If you're on San Juan Island a visit to either American Camp or English Camp is a must. View the movie and walk the grounds. South Beach is a wonderful hike and a great place to find driftwood.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Goodness4you
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Hiking here was a totally different environment than most of the rest of the island--open grasslands and ocean bluffs. Lots of driftwood on the beaches.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Simone M
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Interesting history film in Visitor Center. Ranger added some information to put presentation in perspective. Quick visit. Be sure to visit English Camp to the north as they are related

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sidneyaf
Reviewed 6 October 2018

American Camp offers wildlife views, an interesting visitor center, trails to the ocean, and magnificent views.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Colleen C
Reviewed 28 September 2018

There are less buildings to see here than at the English Camp. The main attraction is Pickett's House and grounds. However, there is a trail that you can take from the Visitor Center and explore the area. It is fairly flat trail through praire like...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank pamelamurphy180
Reviewed 14 September 2018

We arrived here early in the day before the heat set in. It is a lovely, mostly level walk along trails with interpretive signs. There are some beautiful vistas.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Nice area for a stroll and a stop at the visitors center for a bit of history. The Brits definitely had it better at the English Camp!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tracey B
Reviewed 9 September 2018

I was supprised the Welcome center was closed when we arrived around 11am. it would have been a better experience we we would have talked to a ranger. However, we made the best of it and walked the area.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Donny W
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