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American Camp Road
Friday Harbor, 98250
American Camp Description
This one-mile self-guided walk will please history buffs and nature lovers alike. Grownups will enjoy the wide open prairie, the vast ocean vistas, and the mountain views. Kids will love hearing stories about the "Pig War" and looking for rabbits, deer, foxes, and whales. Stop by the visitor center to check out the historical photographs, dioramas, and archaeological artifacts. Park rangers are happy to tell visitors all about the time the U.S. went to war over a pig, and they're experts about the natural history as well.
Babies: Hiking trails aren't paved and can be steep in places, so plan to carry infants in a sling or backpack carrier.
School-Age Kids: It's all about the Pig War for school kids. Get the low-down from the ranger and imagine the 32-pound naval guns the U.S. used to defend the hapless American farmer who shot a British pig. Ask at the visitor center about the Junior Ranger Program, which helps kids learn about the American Camp and earn a ranger badge.
- Bring a picnic. South Beach at American Camp is the largest beach on the island and a popular picnic area.
- Don't buy the walking guide at the visitor center. The trail has plenty of informative signs, and you'll probably be carrying enough as it is.
- Plan a hike. American Camp has several popular hiking trails that lead to great beaches, including Grandma's Cove and Jakle's Lagoon.
Just the Facts
Hours: Park Grounds: Daily dawn-11 p.m. Visitor center hours vary by season, but generally 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. during the summer.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours