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“hard to find but worth the search”

Fort Ward State Park
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Port Angeles, Washington, United States
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300 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“hard to find but worth the search”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

This is a very nice park to visit and walk with pets, and for the beautiful views of the surrounding water. It was hard to find, but since this is an island, you can't get that lost. There are picnic tables and restrooms, and paths to explore. This is an old military sight, and there are markers and information along the way. There is beach access as well, but the green areas are better for walking. When I was visiting, I saw lots of joggers and people out to enjoy the day with their pets. I enjoyed the visit and would like to go back and spend more time with the beautiful scenery.

Visited September 2013
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San Diego, California
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121 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“My favorite walk on the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

I have read the other reviews. Yes, this place doesn't have anything special, but I think that is the charm. It is simply a nice park to take a walk, gaze into the water and do nothing more. The canopy always provides shady relief.

Visited September 2013
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Carlsbad, California
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A beautiful waterfront park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

Fort Ward is another state park that was taken over by the Bainbridge Park District. There is quite a historical significance here with the military setting up bunkers with cannons in case of an invasion from Japan during World War II. The cannons have been removed but the bunkers are still there. It's a great walking park, level along the waters edge with bathrooms and picnic areas, but has a trail leading to the upper park that is quite steep There is also numerous hiking trails in the park..
There is also a boat launch for recreational boaters, but the parking area is limited for boat trailers and there is a small fee for the boat launch. There is a restaurant and convenience store nearby.

Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Steve S
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Spring, Texas
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446 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Nice Park, but nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Nice walking trail. Nice hiking trail up the hill with very dense forest. Fort bunkers not great. Beach access is nice, but only special if you are not renting a house on water. View of water about the same as beach access.

Visited July 2013
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Racine, Wisconsin
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145 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Be ready for a hike!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

This was a fun place to visit -- some history tossed in with beautiful scenery. The hike to the waterfront is not for the faint of heart, but it's worth the effort. Actually, it's getting back to the car that is the real accomplishment!

Visited July 2013
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