Fort Townsend State Park
|Fort Townsend State Park|
|Washington State Park|
|Elevation||190 ft (58 m) |
|Area||367 acres (149 ha)|
|- State park||1953|
|Management||Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission|
|Website: Fort Townsend State Park|
Fort Townsend State Park, formerly Old Fort Townsend State Park, is a 367-acre (149 ha) Washington marine state park on Port Townsend Bay in Jefferson County, Washington. The park has 3,960 feet (1,210 m) of shoreline and offer picnicking, camping, hiking on 6.5 miles (10.5 km) of trails, boating, fishing, crabbing, and athletic fields.
Fort Townsend was built in 1856 by the U.S. Army to protect settlers. The entire garrison was transferred to the American Camp or Camp Pickett on San Juan Island in 1859 during the border dispute called the Pig War. During the Civil War the abandoned post was used as a marine hospital. Reactivated in 1874, the fort continued in use until fire destroyed the barracks in late 1894 and was abandoned in 1895. The site was retained on the Army rolls until World War II, when it was used as a munitions defusing station. Washington State Parks took custody in 1953, and it became a state park.