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A former military base created during World War I, Fort Ward Park still features remnants of its military past. Located on an abandoned access road (now a paved walkway), this state-turned-local park has several gun batteries – two of which are right along the main walkway. These batteries were used to guard Rich Passage, which also was home to a minefield during the height of the war. The third battery lies hidden away along a trail in the upper woods, but is a popular spot for selfies and features some creative graffiti both inside and out. During WWII, Fort Ward was the location of a code-breaking school, a listening antenna and possibly a radio station that may have been used to intercept messages from the Pacific Fleet.
Picnic and Day-use Facilities
There are 12 unsheltered picnic tables with grills, available first come, first served. The upper picnic area is accessible by automobile. The lower picnic area (along Rich Passage) is accessible by foot only.
Boat launch is available free of charge.
For hiking trail Information, click here.