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Veterans Day Hikes at Washington's Coastal Forts

Posted by Loren Drummond at Nov 11, 2014 02:10 PM |

Hike through military history. What better way to honor veterans than on a stroll at Fort Casey State Park or Fort Flagler State Park. Fort Ebey or Fort Worden State Park also have their fair share of history and hiking to enjoy.

One way to celebrate the men and women who served in the military is by taking a hike. Federal and state public lands agencies are honoring veterans and service members for Veteran's Day by waiving all fees in the last fee-free day of 2014.

But fee or not, you can honor veterans any day of the year with a walk through history and stunning natural scenery at these three coastal military installations-turned-state parks.

Fort Casey

Stroll and learn the interpretive paths at Fort Casey State Park, which the military used for training during both of the World Wars before the state converted it into a State Park. This park also has year-round camping options.

Fort Casey
Fort Casey. Photo by Bob and Barb.

Fort Flagler

The 7+ miles of wide, flat trails around Fort Flagler State Park make for a great family destination any time of year. You'll get a dose of history and breathtaking coastal views. The park also has some lovely campsites if you're in the mood for a camping getaway.

Fort Flagler
Fort Flager on a stormy day. Photo by TIMBER.

Fort Worden

Bundle up and walk 2.5 miles along the beach between high bluffs and two access points to reach the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park. Enjoy the ocean views or watch long-necked black cormorants dive, and then stretch their wings to dry their feathers.

Point Wilson
Explore Fort Worden State Park, the lesser known of the parks near Port Townsend. Photo by Chris.