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“Nothing left but the concrete blocks”

Fort Ward State Park
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Lynnwood, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nothing left but the concrete blocks”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

I would give this a poor rating for the Fort part of this park. There really is nothing to see except the old concrete blocks. Not much beach either. The trail and scenery were very nice, however, walking the distance to see the concrete blocks felt like a waste of time. If you want to see a cool Fort, I recommend Fort Casey. If you want a nice bike trail, this will do! There is a nice picnic area as well to eat. Overall, I have been to much neater forts, and would not have taken a day trip for this Fort had I known how small it was. Also, the beach had a very stinky smell, almost like sulfur. Not sure why it smelled so bad, but we went to another beach, and had the same experience. Almost couldn't handle it. Had to get away from it. Just wanted to give an honest review on this especially for families, because I know some will come to see the cool fort things, and there just isn't much to see. Otherwise, it may be fun for just biking, or hanging out for a picnic. My kids were disappointed because there wasn't much beach either, and the little amount there was, really smelled. So if you are bringing kids, keep that in mind. There doesn't seem to be much to do for them other than what I listed. Those are things we can do much closer to home.

Visited July 2012
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Portland
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“nice place for cycling”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

very nice road for cycling along the puget sound, well kept, and right along the coastline. not however an easy place to walk along the beach, sort of a rocky beach at least where we were.

Visited July 2012
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“More walks than one”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

You can walk down the paved path and back for nice views and meet lots of cyclists, walkers, dogs, etc. Or you can thread your way through the woodsy paths nearer the shore line which begin right by the second outhouse. Or at low tide you could clamber along the rocky beach if you have sturdy shoes--don't twist an ankle! Or put a boat in water and paddle, sail, or cruise along the shore ($5 boat landing fee--the park itself is free).

Or--you can take the loop trail. Walk to the second outhouse on the paved path, take the left fork up the hill to the parking lot, go across it to the other end and take the winding trail through lovely woods (look out for stinging nettles!), past the old battlements and back down the the parking area. There's also a rather steep (downhill) trail at the far end of the parking lot that leads to Blakely Harbor, though I prefer to start at Blakely Harbor and get the uphill climb out of the way first.

Visited May 2012
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Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Great walking park with long path along the waterfront”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

Very dog friendly park with paved path along the waterfront. If you hear the sea lions barking out at the end of the dock just outside the park, walk out on the dock and you may get an opportunity to get a close up encounter with sea lions in the wild (they hang around because of the fish hatchery off the end of the pier). Also, continue walking past the end of the park through the nearby neighborhoods to extend your walk all the way to Toe Jam Hill. It makes for a beautiful walk of about an hour round trip from the parking area.

Visited May 2012
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Bainbridge Is WA
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Bainbridge Island Fort Ward State Park”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

Scenic, historic and interesting. It would be good to go to local library or internet to read up in advance of visit. There are remains of old bunkers from WWII. Some officers' quarters...and a few small bungalows exist. On same day, you may want to visit Port Blakely which once was home of world's largest lumberyard. Hall's Brothers' Shipyard also located there. Research in advance. BI Historical Museum. Fascinating

Visited January 2012
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