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Belfair is actually in Mason County, but Belfair, on Hood Canal, is very much a part of Kitsap County residents’ “stomping grounds” during the summer.
Hood Canal is truly one of nature’s prettiest jewels. Sight-seeing along Hood Canal and day-trips to Twanoh State Park and Belfair State Park are favourite pastimes of Puget Sound area residents.
I especially like Twanoh State Park, which is located a scenic 8 mile drive west of Belfair on the south side of lower Hood Canal, on State Highway 106, Mason County.
Campsites are tucked in among the evergreen trees. This is a comparatively small and extremely popular campground(9 trailer sites, 38 tent sites) and the suggestion is that you make reservations as far in advance as possible.
The beach, on Hood Canal, at Twanoh State Park is absolutely beautiful! Small pebbles are easy on the feet. The children’s wading pool is a large shallow depression in the beach. When the tide is out the wading pool is completely empty. When the tide comes in the wading pool fills with saltwater.
With Belfair as your starting point, the Hood Canal shoreline, and the little towns you’ll see along the way, offers a marvelous scenic day-drive.
Or, if you’d like to enjoy a romantic old-time-style adventure, go north from Belfair toward Bremerton. Go past Bremerton and Silverdale.
Your destination is Poulsbo (Little Norway!). Poulsbo was settled by Norwegians during the late 1800s. The area reminded the settlers of there homeland, and the city’s name was intended to be Paulsbo (Named after a city in Norway).
Due to a clerical error, the official spelling became Poulsbo (In spite of the spelling error, Poulsbo is pronounced as “Paulsbo”). You’ll thoroughly enjoy exploring Poulsbo’s quaint shops.
Now (being that you’re on an old-time-style adventure), be sure to drive about ten miles north, from Poulsbo to historic Port Gamble (Established 1853!).
In Port Gamble, stop into the old-timer general store. The building that the store is in also houses two museums! All of the houses and other buildings in Port Gamble are genuine, not replicas.
There was an Native inhabitants uprising in Port Gamble in the late 1800s, and one of the casualties was fellow who stuck his head above a log to see what was happening (He was believed to be buried there, in Port Gamble’s old cemetery).
From Port Gamble, proceed across the Hood Canal Bridge, and drive north to Port Townsend, a Victorian era seaport. Many Victorian era buildings and houses are still in use, and you can spend half a day browsing numerous intimate shops that occupy historic buildings. In Port Townsend, some of the Victorian Houses are historic Bed and Breakfasts.
Hope that you’re feeling energetic! From Port Townsend, drive your car onto the ferry for about a twenty-minute ride to Whidbey Island! For Casey (Built approximately 1910) is a short walk from the ferry dock on Whidbey Island.
At Fort Casey your kids can climb around amongst the fortifications and canons ’till their hearts content. Be sure to take flashlights so you can explore all the secret-looking passage ways!
If all you want to see is Fort Casey, you can actually just walk onto the ferry and walk to the fort. That way, you can just leave your car in Port Townsend.
But, you’ll see a lot more history if you are able to explore Whidbey Island in your car (For example, you’ll see blockhouses that were built as protection against Natives).