Fort Flagler State Park is a former United States Army fort that covers a total area of 784 acres of land that is located in Jefferson County, southeast of Port Townsend on Marrowstone Island in Washington. Visitors can gain access to this state park by driving about eight miles from Port Hadlock-Irondale which is a census-designated place in Jefferson County.
Road SR 116, more commonly referred to as Flagler Road, terminates inside Fort Flagler State Park. Fort Flagler was established in 1897 and activated in 1899 as a Coast Artillery fort named after Brigadier General Daniel Webster Flagler, who was an American Civil War veteran who also served as the Army's Chief of Ordnance. The fort was decommissioned in June 1953.
This historic park offers visitors great views of Whidbey Island to the east and across Admiralty Inlet, Port Townsend to the northwest, and the cranes at the Navy base on Indian Island to the west. The park is on a high bluff that overlooks Puget Sound, which also offers views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. The park is almost encircled on three sides by over 19,000 feet of saltwater shoreline.
Besides these attractions, Fort Flagler State Park also has several amenities that visitors to the park can appreciate. Some of these conveniences include 14 utility campsites, 101 standard campsites, eight showers, two primitive campsites, picnic areas, picnic shelter, hiking trails, kitchen shelter, park store, beach access, boat launch, bike trails, dock, moorage, environmental learning center, and a museum.
Some of the activities that are a favorite among visitors include camping, biking, swimming, hiking, boating, fishing, crabbing, clamming, and water skiing. Dogs are definitely allowed into Fort Flagler State Park, although some regulations must be followed. Basically, all dogs must be kept away from restricted areas of the park and must always remain leashed in areas of the park that they are allowed to visit.