The Kitsap Peninsula's forested parks and preserves are great for hiking and biking. The miles and miles of shoreline provide fun for beach combers and paddlers. Boaters and divers can enjoy exploring the waters surrounding the Peninsula. There are several state parks, most on or near the water, that offer camping as well as day use areas for picnicking and play.
Kitsap Peninsula is home to several public golf courses, including these highly-rated options:
Whether you prefer kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, you'll find many places to enjoy your sport around the Kitsap Peninsula. Here are some essential paddling resources:
- Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Map (PDF)
Information about launches, services, and amenities available to new and experienced paddlers.
- Olympic Outdoor Center
Lessons, gear rental, and guided tours are all available from Olympic Outdoor Center, with shops in both Poulsbo and Port Gamble.
Hiking and Nature Trails
There are many places to get out and spend time in nature all around Kitsap Peninsula.
- Banner Forest Heritage Park
This large park encompasses both forests and wetlands. Within Banner Forest Heritage Park you'll find miles of improved and unimproved trails suitable for walking or biking.
- Clear Creek Trail
Winding through and between the natural areas of Silverdale, this 5-mile trail system features interpretive panels highlighting local human and natural history.
- The Hansville Greenway
This network of trails passes through a set of natural areas set aside to serve as a corridor for wildlife to move around Kitsap Peninsula. One popular hike is the Sid Knutson Puget Sound to Hood Canal Trail, which runs from Norwegian Point Park south and then west to Hood Canal, passing a variety of ecosystems along the way. Check out the Hansville Greenway website to learn about all of the available trails, suggested hikes, and the flora and fauna you'll see along the way.
- Theler Wetlands
Situated at an estuary along Hood Canal, this privately-owned nature preserve is open to the public for hiking and birding