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“Very nice little park” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Manchester State Park

Manchester State Park
7767 E. Hilldale Rd., Port Orchard, WA 98366
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Port Orchard
Type: Outdoors
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Port Orchard, WA
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“Very nice little park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This park is small but if you want a place that's not overly crowded, you can fish there and sometimes the fishing is really good, the park rangers are friendly and knowledgeable. We were fairly new to the area and were trying to hit the local places first and we've been by the sign to the entrance of the park on numerous occasions and thought we would just stop. The trails are natural and not obviously cleared out which we both like. We don't hike trails for distance but to enjoy the scenery so having the trees and foliage natural is a huge plus for us. As is true with most WA State Parks you'll need to purchase a Discover Pass - which is one of the best deals you can get if you do a lot of exploring in state parks in WA. We've been buying one every year and even if you only use it a few times, it's a great thing to be able to enter the park and not have to worry about paying to park.

There's lots to see and do there. There was a flute fest last weekend and it's my understanding it's one of the major flute fests in the country. It was very entertaining and informative to listen to the myriad of music including the drumming session which had everyone moving to the beat! Great job!!!!

So - Manchester State Park is a tiny diamond in a state that has probably more parks in it than just about any in the country but it's packed with planned and 'do what you want' activities. Don't miss it! You'll be the one missing out if you do.

Visited June 2014
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“Not a nice beach. Go to another state park for beach visit.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I was originally from Port Orchard. I had not been here for years. I visited the park to take my kids to the beach.We have been to several state parks in Washington state. This is the least favorite so far. The water at the beach is saturated with seaweed and during low tide, it smells quite strong. Must be due to its position and the way the tide moves through the area. We hiked along the beach to see if there was a better place. Not much luck. If you take the trail or hike along the beach to the other side of park, then you see a large fueling depot. Overall, I do not like the park for visiting the beach. However, it does have a nice outdoor entertaining area for weddings and large picnics and a decent campground. But there is no point to go camping here, if there is not a nice beach to visit during your stay. Several other campgrounds on the peninsula are a better choice to stay at.

Just an FYI, must have a discover pass to go here. $10 daily. $30 for the year. Good for all state parks.

Visited July 2014
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