San Juan Island National Historic Park’s 1752 acres make it the second largest protected public space in the San Juans. The park is a popular area to view whales, and visitors enjoy the saltwater shore and the quiet woodlands.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • This is a multi-dimensional park that tells the story of these islands in a unique way. It includes two separate units: English Camp, where the English military set up, and American Camp, where American forces were located.
  • In addition to the famous Pig War (a land dispute between the British and Americans), the military posted here became famous in other wars: Pickett in the Civil War, and Forsyth at Wounded Knee. To learn more, visit with the re-enactors at English Camp many weekends and at the notable annual Encampment each summer.
  • Grandma's Cove, South Beach, Fourth of July Beach/Old Town Lagoon, and Garrison Bay are among the park's great natural features. Visitors can hike, go shelling, and launch boats or kayaks at both English Camp and American Camp. Beaches are gravel, so shoes are a must. You might see whales from some beaches.


Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 360-378-2902
Fax: 360-378-2996
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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