North Kitsap Heritage Park

At over 800 acres, North Kitsap Heritage Park is one of Kitsap County’s largest parks, and is a critical anchor in a growing network of protected areas in north Kitsap County. With over 10 miles of trails it has something for everyone, from old logging roads that are perfect for trail running, to quiet back country trails that are great for seeing the many species of wildlife that call this park home.

In addition to its recreational value, North Kitsap Heritage Park helps to protect important wildlife habitat, as well as the headwaters of two vital salmon streams – Grovers Creek and Carpenter Creek. It also safeguards the drinking water of communities in Kingston and Indianola, and facilitates aquifer recharge.

In 2004, Kitsap County purchased 452 acres of forestland from Pope Resources to create the new North Kitsap Heritage Park. While the vision always was to expand it to include 366 acres on its eastern boundary also owned by Pope Resoures, the project lagged for lack of funding.

In 2011, a community coalition known as the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project, initiated efforts to conserve 7,000 acres of timberland owned by Pope Resources stretching from Port Gamble to Kingston and up to Hansville — including land adjacent to North Kitsap Heritage Park. Great Peninsula Conservancy was one of the leading partners in this legacy project.

Finally in 2014, grants from Kitsap County Conservation Futures Program, USFS Community Forest and Open Space Program, and Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, came together and Kitsap County purchased the land. The expansion of North Kitsap Heritage Park and the eventual conservation of 4,000 acres of Pope Resources timberland in north Kitsap County was a huge win for local communities, wildlife, and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the wider Puget Sound region.

Project Partners

Back Country Horsemen, Olympic
Bainbridge Island Land Trust
City of Bainbridge Island
City of Poulsbo
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, West Sound
Forterra
Friends of Miller Bay
Great Peninsula Conservancy
Hanville Greenway Association
Hood Canal Coordinating Council
Hood Canal Environmental Council
Indianola Beach Improvement Club
Kitsap Audubon Society
Kitsap Citizens for Responsible Planning
Kitsap Conservation Voters
Kitsap County
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance
Kitsap Home Builders Foundation
Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council
North Kitsap Trails Association
Pope Resources
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Puget Sound Partnership
REI Coop, Inc.
Smyth Lumber Mill
Sports Safety and Education Association
Stillwater Environmental Center
Suquamish Tribe
USFS Community Forest and Open Space Program
Visit Kitsap Peninsula
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
WA Leg. Dist. 23: Sen. C. Rolfes, Rep. S. Appleton, Rep. D. Hansen
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
West Sound Conservation Council
West Sound Cycling Club
West Sound Wildlife Shelter
WSU Kitsap County Extension