Frequently Asked Questions
When was this park created?
San Juan Island National Historical Park was created by Act of Congress, and signed into law by Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson on Sept. 9, 1966 "...for the purpose of interpreting and preserving the sites of American and English camps on the island and commemorating the historic events that occurred from 1853 to 1871 on the island in connection with the final settlement of the Oregon Territory boundary dispute, including the so-called Pig War of 1859.
No. San Juan Island National Historical Park, while enjoying a close working relationship with the monument, is an independent entity. The park is a unit of the National Park Service and monument is a unit of the Bureau of Land Management.
Is the George Pickett who commanded Co. D, Ninth Infantry on San Juan Island, the same who led "Pickett's Charge" for the Army of Northern Virginia in the Battle of Gettysburg (1863)?
Did Great Britain and United States actually go to war over the pig, and therefore the name "Pig War?"
Was English Camp created before or after the Pig War crisis of 1859?
When did the Hudson's Bay Company arrive on the island?
How far apart are the two camps?
The camps are separated by 13 miles of county roads, about 25 minutes apart by automobile.
Do I need to pay for parking?
No. The park is a day-use only facility. Washington State Parks, including Lime Kiln State Point State Park on San Juan, do require a Discovery Pass, which can be purchased at ACE Hardware in Friday Harbor, or by leaving as fee in an envelope at Lime Kiln Point State Park.
Is South Beach part of the national park?
Yes. South Beach, on to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is part of the American Camp unit.
Is there a bald eagle nest at American Camp?
What is the highest viewpoint in the park?
Are there stroller- and wheel chair-accessible trails in the park units?
Where can I mountain bike in the national park?
As of this writing (Jan. 29, 2015), mountain biking is allowed only on designated trails in the Mitchell Hill trail network at English Camp. The trailhead is located at the end of Horse Trail Road, off West Valley Road about a mile south of the park entrance. Parking at the gate is limited. For a San Juan Island Trails Committee map of Mitchell Hill and other northwest San Juan trails click here.
Can I hike to American Camp from Friday Harbor?
Who ate the pig?
Last updated: October 23, 2017