South County Visitor Information

quilcene-beachSouth of Port Townsend lies the communities of Port Hadlock, Port Ludlow, Marrowstone Island, Chimacum, Quilcene and Brinnon. This part of the county features expansive beaches, abundant bird life, outdoor recreation, artisan foods and family-run organic farms. From wine tasting to kayaking, shopping to camping, beachcombing to birding – South County is a terrific place to connect with nature and people.

The towns of Port Hadlock, Irondale and the Chimacum Valley, known locally as the tri-area, blend old town history and a past steeped in natural resource production with a growing population of small scale farmers revisiting authentic ways to produce food in a modern world.

An outdoor-lover’s retreat, Port Ludlow offers kayaking, birdwatching, a premier golf course, hiking trails, marina and boat launch. The Resort at Port Ludlow attracts vacationers, summer visitors and year-round residents.

Marrowstone Island is a hidden jewel of a place, where residents live at a more measured pace. Stunning vistas and pastoral farmland are part of the allure, as are the oysters that are pulled fresh from the sea, and the rolling green hills that are filled with wild strawberries (and the annual tractor parade!).

Known as the “Emerald Towns” of the Hood Canal, Quilcene and Brinnon are home to wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities and fun things to do. Here you will find good camping, kayaking, boating, SCUBA diving, fishing, birdwatching, fun local fairs and festivals, shopping, great food and lodging. The area is known worldwide for its shellfish – not to be missed!

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