Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Dating back to 1859, American Camp is part od the San Juan Island National Historical Park that is preserved and maintained by the National Park Service. A visit to the park provides a great perspective into the remarkable history of this area in addition to a selection of trails to walk. A good day trip, American Camp is one of the must-see places on San Juan Island. American Camp was established as part of an agreement between Great Britain and the United States when the San Juan Islands were jointly occupied until a water boundary was established between the two nations. The camp has been preserved in its historic condition, and it can transport you into history of the colonial Pacific Northwest.

Parking is available at the visitor center, and you can walk through the pine trees into an open panoramic view of British Columbia on the horizon across the South Beach. There are good chances to see bald eagles that nest on trees near visitor center. The area offers plenty of easy hikes starting from the visitor center and ending on the edge of the South Beach. You can also catch glimpse of a lighthouse from the edge of South Beach.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Great views. Historic encampment. Educational experience. Day hiking.

Cons

Difficult parking.

Features

ADA accessible
Geologically significant
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Lighthouse
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Off-leash dog area
Covered picnic areas
Bird watching
Wildlife
Whale watching
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

Comments

Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment?
Sign In and share them.