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“A gem hiding behind the fog”

Fort Ebey State Park
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Coupeville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 August 2013

We just returned from a camping get-away to Fort Ebey State Park. The weather was warm and sunny until we hit a wall of fog as we entered the park around noon. The campground is very nice with good sized campsites and a clean small washroom with running cold water and pay showers. There is no beach access from the campground area which sits high above a cliff. Our campsite backed onto the cliff area with a buffer of trees behind it. Once the fog lifted about half an hour later, the view was spectacular. A panoramic vista of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There was a bench to sit on so in the evenings we just sat and watched the different boats go by and the occasional cruise ship and the amazing sunsets. The fog rolled in around 9:30 PM and then it was cold enough to see your breath in the air. For beach access you can drive about 5 min. to the Ft. Ebey Park beach which is a nice beach with walking trails all around and one that goes to Podilla Lake but be aware that there are no restroom facilities. Also at Ft. Ebey there are old military bunker style concrete structures left over from the Second World War that you can explore. They are dark inside and the kids have fun running around making scary noises that echo inside. We highly recommend this location.

Thank cdn_beach_bums
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

You can drive right to water's edge within a few minutes of Coupeville. Spectacular views of the saltwater and Olympic Mtns.

Thank Timothy W
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We had a very manageable walk with great views, and an interesting stop at the old homestead. Worthwhile to see the scenery, to breathe in the sea air, and of course, to get some exercise.

1  Thank GMcPherson
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

If you like Fort Casey, you need to see Fort Ebey as well. I recommend bringing a flashlight since some of the old military battery building can be quite dark. Also make sure you have shoes on which have some good traction on them. The camping grounds are great. There is even a great spot if you have a large group to use. I would make reservations for camp sites if you can. If you have not been to Fort Ebey or Fort Casey, I would recommend going to Ebey first, and then go to Casey, but it really doesn't matter.

1  Thank tdogbucho
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

This Washington State Park has so much to offer. It has history, terrific scenery of coast, mountains, and forest; a freshwater lake for fishing, flowers, beach-combing opportunities, geo-caches, hiking trails, bicycling trails, picnic areas, sports fields with no markings, camping for both tents and RVs, interpretive materials, and a friendly and helpful staff.

It is immediately adjacent to The Kettles and even more trails for people and horses.

One of the trails in Fort Ebey park, the Kettles Trail, goes all the way to Coupeville. It is paved once it reaches the highway, which it parallels. From Coupeville, the Kettles Trail, by the way, becomes the Rhododendron Trail. You can ride bicycles, or walk well south of Coupeville to another park.

Ordinarily it is just my husband and me who go to this park. It is, however, great for all ages. It is family friendly, though at the coastal part there are some areas you will want to hold onto small children.

Since this is a Washington State park there is an entry fee of $10 per day, $30 a year. Recommendation: get an annual pass, because on Whidbey Island alone there are 3 State parks.

3  Thank NahanniRafter
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