Port Hadlock-Irondale is a census-designated place in northwestern Washington, situated on the Puget Sound. Port Hadlock, Irondale, and Chimacum together are referred to as the “tri-area”, home to a few thousand permanent residents. Irondale, at one time, was positioned to be one of the largest iron and steel producers in the United States, which helped to inspire the name. Port Hadlock was founded by Samuel Hadlock in 1870, establishing the first post office, schoolhouses, general stores, and other essential buildings to create the town. The main businesses in the area were timber harvesting, alcohol production, and later on, tourism.
Now, this lovely township is mostly a tourist spot, located just outside the nearby national park. Port Hadlock-Irondale is located across the Puget Sound from Seattle, and right beneath the San Juan Islands which can be reached by taking a ferry from nearby Port Townsend. A wealth of incredible natural beauty surrounds the town, so it's no wonder why people are eager to book an RV in Port Hadlock-Irondale.
The Great Outdoors
Whenever you find yourself in the incredible Evergreen State, there is always a park, beach, or recreation area nearby. In fact, when you rent an RV in Port Hadlock-Irondale, there are four state parks within a 10-minute drive, including one located in town. Anderson Lake State Park on the Quimper Peninsula is known for its rolling hills and peaceful forests that surround the park's namesake, Anderson Lake. This 70-acre lake is fine for swimming, boating, and fishing. You can also hike around the park or use the trails for cycling and horseback riding.
Dosewallips State Park is found to the south of town along the Dabob Bay, with a thousand acres of land. Both freshwater and saltwater shorelines can be enjoyed at this hidden gem of a park that was once home to several different homesteads. You can camp out by the water in your Port Hadlock-Irondale camper rental and relax, or hike to one of the many marshes and lakes in the park. Visitors can comb the beach for interesting shells, dig in the mud to find some clams, scuba dive, swim, fish, and much more when they arrive at Dosewallips State Park.
If you take the ferry from Port Townsend over to Whidbey Island, you can visit one of the state’s most popular parks, Deception Pass State Park. The waterfront park attracts two million people per year and straddles both sides of the eponymous Deception Pass with which it shares a name. There are campgrounds on the south side of the park near the water so you can find a cozy place to stay when you rent an RV and bring it over on the ferry. The Deception Pass Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the entire Pacific Northwest and seeing it up close is reason enough to visit.
The most obvious place you simply must visit when you rent an RV in Port Hadlock-Irondale is Olympic National Park which is only a 20-minute drive away at most. The park is one of the most beloved and well-known national parks in the country, with towering mountain peaks and incredible coastal coves. You can hike through miles of thick temperate rainforest or try to summit Mount Olympus, the tallest of the Olympic Mountains. Camp out in the shadow of these majestic giants at one of several campgrounds in your handy Port Hadlock-Irondale camper rental and you certainly won’t regret it.
Camping is always a pleasure in Washington, and campgrounds are a dime a dozen. You can camp at Anderson Lake State Park, Fort Townsend State Park, or Fort Flagler State Park, all of which are open to the public and operated by the state.
Jefferson County Fairgrounds is home to the Jefferson County Fair each August, which is the best time to stay at the RV park on site. The campground is cozy and spacious and open year-round, with or without the fair.
Point Hudson RV Park and Marina is right on the Puget Sound, with lots of restaurants, bars, and attractions within walking distance nearby.
You can also head to Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest and find some secluded camping spots for your Port Hadlock-Irondale RV rental.
Most of the local attractions in Port Hadlock-Irondale are historic state parks with dozens of elegant old buildings. Fort Worden State Park and Fort Townsend State Park have clusters of gorgeous Victorian homes, antique lighthouses, incredible views of the Puget Sound, and much more. You can even camp at Fort Townsend State Park if you feel like staying an extra day or two.
There is a casino located a few miles outside of town, owned and operated by the S'Klallam Tribe of indigenous people. There are gaming tables, slot machines, off-track betting stations, and more when you decide to pay the casino a visit. There is also a lounge and a few restaurants, often times with live entertainment and music on weekends.
Jefferson Museum of Art & History has a wealth of information about early settlers and the indigenous people that once inhabited the area. The museum is housed in the historic city hall building, and features award-winning exhibits and has a flurry of impressive artwork on display. The Kelly Art Deco Light Museum is a unique museum in Port Townsend that has an extensive history of lighting inside. The building is full of antique lighting fixtures form a variety of different eras.