Not too long ago a friend of mine who has lived here for over two years said she had never been to Fort Ward Park. I was shocked. Fort Ward Park (having formerly been Fort Ward State Park) is on most maps. There are a lot of cool, little known places to walk and hike, but this one is easy to find. Yet, I think my friend is not alone in having not explored it.
I talk about this walk/run in an older post about jogging routes, but thought I would add a little photo essay. Most of these are taken with my iPhone. Click here to see the older post and a map of the route. At least three times a week I will do this 3.5 mile jaunt from the boat ramp at the Fort Ward Park entrance to the bitter end of South Beach, past Toe Jam Hill Road. It is a flat, mostly paved walk, easy to run or walk with kids.
Unlike the track at the High School, this route is a visual feast. Most of the walk is along the water or via gorgeous waterfront homes. You will see one or two ferries, eagles, cyclists, the ever changing natural landscape, the fish hatchery, and at least three or four friendly dogs. Toward the end of the walk is the ‘dog water ‘ stop below, I often wish they had ‘human water’ too. But, the dog water is cute, quaint, and so Bainbridge.