Fort Ward Park has a rich history and a variety of trails. This park used to be a military fort to protect the navy yards in Bremerton. It was closed in the ‘60s and has been public land ever since, first as a state park and now as a local city park. You will find a few remnants of this military past along the beach, but the majority of the park is in a natural setting.
Take your pick of three trails to explore. The lower trail is paved and flat and parallels the beach, offering access to the shore. The upper trail is steeper and winds up and away from the water to traverse a forested slope. And in-between these two is the Ridge trail. The views across the Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains are widespread and stunning on a clear day.
In addition to the network of trails and the historical monuments, there are several benches and picnic areas throughout the park.
To extend your trip you can also exit the park on a trail that leads to Blakely Harbor, another popular park on the south end of Bainbridge Island.