Port Hadlock-Irondale is a community in Jefferson County that sits on the southern end of Port Townsend Bay, and is just a bone’s throw away from Jefferson County International Airport. Port Hadlock-Irondale and Chimacum create what locals call the “Tri-Area.” In years gone by, this area was a hub for lumber mills and iron production. Today, it is a mixture of residential communities and agricultural land. With access to puptacular outdoor recreation, and its own veterinary clinic, it’s also a great place to raise a four legged family member.
Dogs living in Port Hadlock-Irondale are lucky to have the Anderson Lake State Park right in their own backyard. Make no mistake; your pup will love spending the afternoon in this 476-acre park. As its name suggests, this park’s central feature is Anderson Lake. Boating, fishing, and horseback riding are pupular activities here. However, your pooch will be more interested in the network of trails that weave around the property. Trails range in length and are interconnected, so your pup can create a route that best suits her needs. While the park does provide hours of fun in the sun, it does not have drinking water. So be sure to bring enough H20 to keep you and your furry friend well hydrated.
One thing is for sure, your pup will love spending time in Port Hadlock-Irondale!
This neighborhood is home to a couple puptastic parks that are calling your dog’s name. Irondale Community Park brings out all the town’s athletes. With soccer, football, and baseball fields, as well as a basketball court, it’s easy to see why this park is always busy. When games aren’t in play, your pooch is welcome to romp around the grassy areas. Irondale Beach Park provides a long stretch of sandy beach for your pal to explore, on leash, of course. He can also dip his paws in the Chimacum Creek or search for the perfect piece of driftwood. While roaming around, be sure to check out the ruins of the old Irondale Mill.
Drive across Portage Canal and you’ll come to Indian Island County Park. Your pooch will bark for joy at the chance to spend some time at this pupstaistic park. If she likes feeling the sand beneath her paws, she’s in luck; this park has two miles of beach walking. She’ll keep busy by climbing over driftwood, frolicking in the water, and chasing seabirds. There are also a couple trailheads for some off beach exploring in the upland bluffs. This park is dubbed as the best spot for clamming in the area, and is also a great kayak launch. Picnic facilities and restrooms are available.
Treat your pup to an afternoon in H.J. Carroll Park. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy this beautiful 40 acre community park. It’s conveniently located in the neighboring community of Chimacum. With amenities like athletic fields, BMX bike track, a playground, and a disc golf course, this park definitely has something for everyone. There’s also a .6 mile paved walking path that’s perfect for walking your furry friend. After taking a couple laps, stop by the Kul Kah Han Native Plant Garden so your pup can learn about Pacific Northwest plants. Your pal can also ponder on life in the Chimacum Creek Labyrinth, a maze of stones built for meditating.
Everyone knows dogs love tennis balls. But what about… golf balls? Discovery Bay Golf Course is a pet friendly golf course located in Port Townsend. It’s just a quick 10 minute drive from Port Hadlock-Irondale, so pack up your pooch and your clubs and head over. Your furry BFF can tag a long while you spend some time on the fairway. Whether she’s riding along in the cart, sniffing around the green, or chasing a birdie, she’ll have the time of her life just being by your side. You’ll both enjoy stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and Discovery Bay. Now that’s a hole in one!
The Fort Townsend Historical State Park sits right on a Port Townsend Bay beach. It’s located in Port Townsend, and is only 15 minutes north of Port Hadlock-Irondale. Not only is this park a pupperific spot for some doggy cardio, it also holds a unique military history. Fort Townsend was a United State Army site until the barracks burned down in 1895. You pup can learn more about the site by checking out the interpretive plaques on Officer’s Row. The park also six miles of trails that wind through lush ferns and majestic Douglas-fir, hemlock, and cedar trees. This park will definitely make your pup’s tail wag!