“Where the Mountains meet the Sea” – Kitsap has more than 250 miles of accessible salt water coastline and is a haven for water sport enthusiasts – boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and nearly anything else you can do on the water. The Kitsap Peninsula also offers abundant opportunities and amenities for hiking, cycling, horseback riding and golfing enthusiasts. Museums, art galleries, botanical gardens and theaters and an endless variety of events and festivals make Kitsap a delightful place to live and play.
Kayaking & Boating: With the second longest coastline in Washington State Kitsap is a destination for paddlers around the globe because of its unique marine environments, natural scenic beauty of mountains and sound, migrating marine mammal populations, and friendly and inviting ports and towns steeped in tradition. The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails, which was recently adopted as part of the Cascadia Marine Trail segment, details a network of 79 locations on the Kitsap shoreline where paddlers can launch vessels, take breaks and camp.
Golfing: Kitsap is also home to some of the most challenging golf courses in the country, set amidst beautiful Pacific Northwest greenery.The Kitsap Peninsula is home to three of Washington’s State’s top five courses and over a dozen beautiful golf and disc golf courses, year round access, and opportunities for golfers of all levels.
Cycling: The Kitsap Peninsula has a wide assortment of bike trails in that attract bikers of all levels – professional cyclists, commuters, and families. Go to Visit Kitsap for detailed information, including routes and events.
Hiking: Kitsap’s stunning natural beauty makes it a great place for hiking enthusiasts and weekend walkers. Sustainability is top of mind and citizen groups like the North Kitsap Trails Association are dedicated to providing a regional system of land and water trails while promoting stewardship of Kitsap’s natural resources Go to Visit Kitsap for detailed information on trails and hiking/walking clubs.
Parks: Kitsap boasts over a hundred beautiful City, County and State parks – many with beach access and spectacular views. (Go to Visit Kitsap for a complete list of everything from skate parks to dog parks.)The glorious Olympic Mountains and National Park are just over the Hood Canal Bridge where you can experience the spectacular views from Hurricane Ridge and the temperate rain forests and giant old growth trees of The Hoh Rain Forest.
Want more? A broad range of activities from antiquing to bird watching to wine tasting are available to keep Kitsap residents and visitors happily occupied any day of the year. Visit our local Chambers of Commerce and Visit Kitsap for a complete list of amenities, events and festivals. Read Discover Kitsap magazine for more information about Kitsap’s communities, activities and events.