With the Olympic Mountains on one side and Port Townsend Bay on the other, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and access to both salt and fresh water, Port Townsend is a unique location for recreational opportunities.
In town are many easily accessible city parks to enjoy for picnics, play or quiet reflection. Three State Parks, with two more nearby, and marine access round out the possibilities. A short distance away reside Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. Hood Canal and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary are also close by. Cycling, hiking, beachcombing, sailing and the annual Rhody Run...there's much to do.
We are proud of our natural environment, and encourage the wise and considerate use of it. Take only photos, leave only footprints. If you are considering cutting down a Christmas tree in the National Forest or other public lands, check to see about permits.
Jefferson County Parks & Recreation has a slew of activities including Free PT Rec Center Drop in Program, afterschool programs, kids triathlon, the Ranger Run and lots more! Visit our Youth Page for other suggestions.
Search the database for Recreation Businesses in PT.
Bicycling - Lots of quiet rural roads and trails.
Boating and Sailing - Port Townsend Bay and San Juan access.
Whale/Wildlife Watching - A PNW highlight!
Birding - Wonderful birdwatching opportunities.
City Parks, County Parks, State & National Parks - camping and recreation opportunities.
Day Trips - from 1 to 8 hours.
Disc Golf - Where can they go?
Dogs - Where can they go?
Fishing and Shellfishing - Best in the US!
Golfing - Places to play.
Gymnastics - Fun on the mat.
Hiking - Local and Olympics!
Horseback Riding - Facilities and trails.
Kayaking - Unlimited possibilities.
Parasailing - See the area from above.
Running - Trails and events.
Softball & Baseball - Lots of local teams.
Swimming/Diving - Pool and beaches.
Tennis - Various courts.
Ultimate Frisbee - Join in!
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