Veterans Day Hikes at Washington's Coastal Forts
Hike through military history. What better way to honor veterans than on a stroll at Fort Casey State Park or Fort Flagler State Park. Fort Ebey or Fort Worden State Park also have their fair share of history and hiking to enjoy.
One way to celebrate the men and women who served in the military is by taking a hike. Federal and state public lands agencies are honoring veterans and service members for Veteran's Day by waiving all fees in the last fee-free day of 2014.
But fee or not, you can honor veterans any day of the year with a walk through history and stunning natural scenery at these three coastal military installations-turned-state parks.
Stroll and learn the interpretive paths at Fort Casey State Park, which the military used for training during both of the World Wars before the state converted it into a State Park. This park also has year-round camping options.
The 7+ miles of wide, flat trails around Fort Flagler State Park make for a great family destination any time of year. You'll get a dose of history and breathtaking coastal views. The park also has some lovely campsites if you're in the mood for a camping getaway.
Bundle up and walk 2.5 miles along the beach between high bluffs and two access points to reach the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park. Enjoy the ocean views or watch long-necked black cormorants dive, and then stretch their wings to dry their feathers.