Harbor Campground Review – Point Hudson Marina, Port Townsend, WA
A very basic, but fabulously-located campground to explore the cute, hip Victorian town of Port Townsend in NW WA.
- Site Quality = 2.5/5
Generally fairly poor site quality here, but there is a key upside. The sites in the marina are basically just cleared-out dirt areas, pull-through and back-in. Total 46 sites of which 44 are full hookup ($27-$52/night in summer, depending on site location) and 2 are dry-camping (#360/361, no hookups, $20/night). RV’s are separated into two general areas, the “Loop” near the entrance to the marina and the “Point” out by the end. Site separation in both areas is pretty poor and there is zero privacy or extras. Generally Point sites are tighter together than Loop but both are fairly close-knit, and only a select number of sites have picnic tables. So, where’s the attraction?? The upside here is that you are right ON the water in the marina. If you manage to book a water-view site you’ll have beautiful (gorgeous!) views of either the marina or the Sound. Also since there’s limited through-traffic at the marina the sites are generally wonderfully relaxed and quiet. The best sites, without a doubt, are the premium water-view sites (360-61, 305-306, 307, 322, 328, 332, 335) and these have the absolute best views. Sites 338-347 have very little separation, but also enjoy lovely water-views out the front as do 308-311. The other sites are “hidden” behind other RVs and do not enjoy water views. If you come here do the splurge and book a water-view site. It’s worth it.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Pretty decent facilities here. The marina has good laundry room ($2.00 per load), clean toilets and large shower stalls. Only ding is that the shower stalls are pay ($0.25 for only 1.5 minutes). NO dump station or water spigots, but RV’s in the two dry-camping sites can dump at one of the full hookup sites if they are free.
- Location = 5/5
Location is the reason this place ROCKS. The Marina RV Park is located right on the point of Port Townsend and literally in the middle of everything you want to see and do in this town. Within the Marina itself there are 3 restaurants, plus you can walk to many more in downtown which is mere minutes walk away. All the historic houses are walking distance away, as are unlimited Mocha’s and entertainment. If you stay here for a week you can literally dump your toad and just walk or bike anywhere you’d like to see. Can’t imagine a better location.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Great location for doggie. The north side of the Marina has a lovely (long) beach area where you can take doggie for walks/swims plus you can walk pooch all around town with many more mini-beaches along the water-front. Also Fort Worden State Park is only a few miles away and provides even more trails/beaches (all dog-friendly). Poo bags on-site.
Overall Rating = 4.0
BONUS ALERT = Camp on the water and walking distance to fabulous downtown Port Townsend!
Summary: Location, location, location! If you’re looking for a basic park in a FABULOUS location with water-front views and walking distance to a cute, hip, happening downtown then this is your spot. Honestly the sites themselves are not much to write home about. Basic, dirt sites with generally poor separation, only a few picnic tables (select sites) and not much else. All sites are full hook-up except for 2 dry-camping sites. Where the place ROCKS is that you’re ON the water-front in the marina so several of the sites (esp. 360-61, 305-306, 307, 322, 328, 332, 335) have gorgeous water views. If you come here, go for the splurge and book one of the water-view sites. They far outshine the rest of the sites and you won’t regret it! Within the Marina itself you’ll have access to 3 restaurants as well as a lovely (long) beach on the north end of the park. Plus you are literally only minutes walk to lovely downtown Port Townsend and everything there is to see and do there. If you need a day “out” of town you’re only a few miles drive to lovely Fort Worden where miles of additional beach & trails await you. One word of warning. This park is POPULAR and books out fast especially if you want one of the prime view sites. We booked 5 months ago and got the last open week for one of the two dry-camping sites. So, book ahead if you plan to come. Overall we absolutely loved this place. Great views, perfect Verizon signal and walking distance to everything we could think of. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Extra Info: Excellent Verizon signal (5 bars of LTE from a very new-looking tower just across from the marina). In summer season sites cost $20/night (dry-camping: 2 sites only) or $27-$52/night (full hookups: 44 sites total. Price depends on location of site). ALL sites reservable and it is advised to book well ahead. On-site flush toilets, showers (paid), trash, laundry.
Extra, Extra Info – OTHER Camping: If you don’t manage to snag a spot at the Marina there are a few other good camping options around town:
- Fort Worden State Park – Fort Worden State Park lies just west of town and has lovely camping, especially in their lower campground loop. Huge sites, lots of space, beautiful surroundings. However this place is probably even more popular than the marina so you gotta book waaay ahead if you want to stay more than a few days. When I looked in Feb nothing was available.
- Port Townsend Fairgrounds – Port Townsend Fairground lies less than a mile from the State Park and has the major advantage (for those who don’t like to make reservations) of being entirely first-come-first-serve. The facilities are super basic, but the price is right. Only $20/night for full hookups, $15/night for dry camping.