About the Area
Fort Ebey State Park
The land of Fort Ebey State Park was set aside as one of a number of forts meant to defend the West Coast of the United States during World War II. There were several of these forts built at the northern end of the Puget Sound.
Visitors to the area now visit for its outdoor adventure offerings and stunning vistas of the Olympic Peninsula. However, those exploring the area will still find the remnants of the original fort. The concrete foundations of gun platforms are still in place, harking back to that tense period in the country's history.
Like Fort Casey State Park and Keystone Jetty, Fort Ebey State Park is located a very short drive south of Oak Harbor, in the beautiful central part of Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island a quaint and calm get away from the hustle of the "mainland" world of Seattle.
Staying at the award-winning Coachman Inn in Oak Harbor is a great way to see the entire Whidbey Island. With all the shopping, restaurants and amenities in Oak Harbor, it's a great place to come back to after a day of roaming such glorious sites as Fort Ebey State Park.
The park contains 28 beautiful miles of trail, from which hikers and bikers can see views of the Olympic Peninsula. There are also facilities available for paragliding, surfing and scuba diving on the breezy coast, for those seeking a little adventure.
Set two miles north of the town of Coupeville and very close to Oak Harbor and the Coachman Inn, the park has primitive hiker/biker (non-motorized only) campsites which have been newly refurbished and relocated to an area near the established Gun Battery picnic area. Four primitive sites share a common, group campfire area, and each has its own tent site and picnic table. Restroom facilities are shared with the nearby (400 ft. away) picnic area.
Visitors can enjoy the saltwater shoreline and beaches along three miles of the park's border on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and also sit on the shore of a freshwater lake for some fishing.
Enjoy a day of beachcombing and bird watching in the pristine setting, and enjoy a picnic at one of the 25 uncovered picnic tables. You'll find them along the Gun Battery, at the beach area, and at Point Partridge in the park. If you're bringing a group, there are two log picnic structures that can be reserved. These offer barbeque grills, 2 covered tables, and two uncovered tables at each spot. One of these shelters is near the beach, and also has a grass area. It accommodates only 50 people, while the larger shelter near the Gun Battery can accommodate up to 150.
The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about the Whidbey Island parks during your stay with them.
Before you check out Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island, check into the nearby Coachman Inn, where we have been voted Best of Whidbey Island for two years running and awarded the AAA Three Diamond rating, their highest rating for vacation lodging. To check availability, call the Coachman now at 800-635-0043 or click here.