A few weeks ago, my family decided to do a short camping trip to a local destination. Our criteria were that it had to have direct access to the beach, have a low likelihood of rain, and be less than a couple of hours from Seattle. After an online search, we decided on Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island near Coupeville, WA.
Fort Casey State Park is quite large at 467 acres and is the site of a historic artillery post featuring several old guns on display. The Fort is one of several forts that were considered to be strategic to the defense of Puget Sound against possible sea invasion in the early 1900s. Fort Casey is now a marine camping park with great sweeping Western views of the Salish Sea and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
When we first arrived, we were a little disappointed that the campsites at the Fort Casey campground were mostly occupied by big RVs and car campers. Only a small number of sites were actually used for tent camping. But we were pleasantly surprised that the sites were not only quiet but they were actually quieter than most car camping campgrounds we’ve been to. The most likely reason was that the other visitors were mostly older folks and families rather than young rowdy people.
The walks around the beaches at the park were very nice with sandy beaches and huge logs scattered as far as we could see. The water views from the beach and higher up from the gun turrets were definitely worth the trip. My kids had fun exploring the old fort structures.