• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Wednesday-Sunday. The English Camp contact station is closed through May 31. Grounds at both units are open from dawn to 11 p.m. More »

Hiking Trails

south beach trail finalyson
American Camp's new South Beach trail cuts across the prairie and exits at Alaska Packer's Rock at the terminus of the Salmon Banks frontage road. Even in summer one can find solitude along the prairie expanse and enjoy spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Click on the links below to access maps and trail information for American and English camps. Visit the San Juan Island Trails Committee web site for information about trails throughout the island.
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cemetery from west
The Royal Marine cemetery is about a quarter of the way up the Young Hill trail. It is the resting place of five marines and one civilian. Another marine, whose body was never found, is memorialized. The four masonry stones are original. The wooden marker is a replica of the original which is housed in the park's collection.
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Did You Know?

camas

Camas bulbs were so highly prized by Northwest Indians for their creamy potato/baked pear taste that groups sometimes fought over the best growing areas, and people traveled great distances to harvest the bulbs and prepare them into thin, dry cakes. To ensure future harvests, the Indians burned the prairie regularly.