San Juan Island National Historical Park Travel Guide

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San Juan Island National Historical Park Things to Do

  • English Camp vs American Camp

    San Juan Island National Historical Park is a single institution by name, but it is actually divided into two separate locations - and at completely opposite ends of the island. As seen on the map, American Camp is at the far southeast end of the island, while English Camp is quite far northwest.English Camp has some reproduced buildings that show...

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  • English Camp Visitor's Center (English...

    Unlike the visitor's center at American Camp, the one at English Camp is only open seasonally. It is located inside the one recreated blockhouse (the largest of the barracks type buildings) and what is located here is fairly simple in terms of a few interpretive displays, and an auditorium type setting in the western section of the building for...

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  • South Beach (American Camp)

    Unfortunately, there isn't too much to South Beach. It faces the winds of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and while it isn't as violent here as some places that are less sheltered, there is a lot of driftwood that blows in and clogs the beach.You will want to BE CAREFUL AROUND THE DRIFTWOOD as it may float under the wrong conditions and seriously...

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  • American Camp Visitor's Center (American...

    Coming south on Cattle Point Road, the first part of American Camp that you come to is the American Camp Visitor's Center. Here, there is a small parking area, and a small building that serves as the interpretive center for American Camp. Here there is a video that introduces visitor's to the park, as well as displays of historic artifacts that...

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  • Jakle's Lagoon and Trails (American...

    Past the main visitor's center and just past the signs for South Beach (by approximately 200 feet), you will come across a sign indicating the parking area for Jakles Lagoon Trails.This is a gravel parking lot with no restroom facilities (the nearest ones are located at South Beach - but that is a pit toilet, or the flush toilets at the American...

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  • Officer's Quarters (American Camp)

    Unfortunately there isn't that much to the location of the old American outpost. The two buildings at this location are not currently open to the public on most days. The structures only serve as an indicator of what the rest of the area would have looked like.On clear days the flag pole will serve as a good landmark in the sea of open prairie...

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San Juan Island National Historical Park Transportation

  • Seasonal Bus Service (English Camp)

    While it is possible to get to English Camp by bus, it should be noted that this service is seasonal. The bus stop is located in the main parking lot, very close to the start of the trail that leads down the hill to the main clearing and the primary area of English Camp. Stops at English Camp must be arranged in advance with San Juan Transit, as...

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  • Seasonal Bus Service (American Camp)

    San Juan Transit operates seasonal bus service from Friday Harbor to several locations in American Camp. This includes the Visitor's Center, South Beach, and the very far end of Cattle Point Road. Service is hourly. At Friday Harbor the buses are located in the auto staging area for those waiting to get on the bus.Unlike the service to English...

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San Juan Island National Historical Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Grandma's Cove (American Camp)

    Located at the end of a trail that heads downhill and south from the American Camp Visitor's Center, this little cove is surrounded by rock outcroppings, and has quite a collection of large driftwood in it.As with any of the areas at American Camp, on a clear day it is possible to see the Olympic Mountains from here, and the view is quite nice.On...

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  • Robert's Redoubt (American Camp)

    It doesn't look like much at all, but this pile of earth and a few rocks is of significant historic interest. It is one of the best preserved examples of a redoubt from the 1850's that exists in North America. This was designed to be a hilltop fortress armed with naval guns, and intended to use the natural features of the land to help defend...

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  • English Camp Cemetery (English Camp)

    Approximately 1/3 of the way up Young Hill, there is a small cemetery where a select few are buried. They may not have a wonderful view from up here, but they at least have a quiet location to truly rest in piece most of the time.The grave markers are not exceptionally easy to read, and therefore there are signs that recreate the lettering on the...

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