The shoreline and wooded area around this lovely enclosed historic harbor has been preserved as Blakely Harbor Park, a 40-acre site currently under development for recreational use, including picnicking, hiking, kayaking, and bird watching. Former home of Port Blakely Mill, the world’s largest sawmill during the late 1800s, the Blakely Harbor site was acquired through fundraising efforts beginning in 1999 by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, Park District, and private parties.
Explore the beach and trails, or pull up a sandy corner for a picnic and watch bald eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, and osprey pass overhead and maybe dive for a meal. Hikers can cross Country Club Road at the Southwest corner of the Blakely meadow to pick up the trail to Fort Ward State Park, a 1.25-mile moderately challenging hike through a thick forest of big leaf maple and douglas fir. This recently developed trail connects to the Fort Ward upper loop trail, which eventually leads down to the waterfront.
Park Entrance: The Park’s main entrance is on 3-T Road off of Blakely Avenue. Access the other side of Blakely Harbor from NE Country Club Road.
Featured photo by Julie Hall. Additional photos by Sarah Lane.