Lime Kiln Point State Park to English Camp
Estimated Travel Time: 45 minutes
Leaving the Whale Watch Park, the road climbs steeply. Take is slow and easy.
The next stop on your trip is San Juan County Park, which is about the half-way mark on your tour, and about 2.5 miles from the Whale Watch Park.
Keep your eyes peeled for the many deer that call this section of island home.
The San Juan County Park is a great place to have a picnic with a large grassy day-use area with picnic tables, and barbecue pits.
This park, which is located on Smallpox Bay is a popular spot for scuba diving, and another good spot to watch for Orca whales.
To the west of the park is a small island known as Low Island, which is a favorite haul-out for seals.
San Juan County Park also offers toilet facilities, water, public phones, and soda machines. If the view from the park looks familiar, that may be because it was the site where the movie “Practical Magic” was filmed.
Back on your moped, and you will travel north 3.2 miles. You will go through 5 sharp curves until you reach a stop sign and a junction in the road.
You will turn left onto West Valley Road. The next 1.5 miles will show you many farms and ranches, including the Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm.
Soon you will see the sign for British Camp.
Take a left on the unimproved road to the lower parking area. Park your moped and walk the short path to the original camp area on beautiful Garrison Bay.
Four historic buildings and the formal garden have been restored. The barracks contains an exhibit explaining the territorial conflict between the United States and Great Britain. For those who like to hike, the Bell Point trail and the Officer’s Quarters trail take off from the camp area.
If you aren’t pressed for time, the trail to Mount Young is definitely worth the walk! This 20 minute hike takes you up out of the trees and offers spectacular views that are well worth the effort.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore this area.
British camp offers toilet facilities and picnic area, but no potable water.