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Parks and nature in Bellingham

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“There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests here, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest. A WPA-built stone bridge greets visitors, just 100 yards from the parking area. It's a beautiful, mossy wonder that makes a great destination in and of itself, though further wandering in the park is a fantastic day outing. Connect to Bloedel Donovan Park, the Railroad Trail, or do a one-mile loop in the park by beginning in the Silver Beach Road parking area, near the stone bridge at the main falls.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Lake
“2.5 mile loop in the woods and along shoreline of this pretty lake. Attached dog park too. Fishing. Paddleboarding. Open water swimming. The perfect lake.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Great boardwalk along the water. Located between the Airbnb and the Fairhaven neighborhood. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
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“Near Bellingham's downtown and marina, this is a great location for kite flying and walks along our waterfront. Broad views to the SanJuan Islands and when weather mits, views to Mt. Baker, the Twin Sisters, the Olympic Mountains and the Canadian Coastal Range. An awesome park...”
  • 15 locals recommend
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“Love to Mountain Bike? You can't pass this up! Great trails, views, tons of fun!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Small and cute park on the water. This park is more low key and can be a great place to launch a kayak or canoe.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Loop hike of about 3 miles around lake, with some side trails if you want to hike further. Easy walking trail with practically no elevation gain.”
  • 13 locals recommend
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“Western Washington University and Fairhaven College in Bellingham. Established as an arboretum in 1967, Sehome Hill was protected from logging officially by members of Western's College Board of Trustees in May 1969. At first just 38 acres were protected, but then in 1974, that was expanded to 100 acre, and now visitors from all over can enjoy this gorgeous green space. Complete with overlook tower, informative trail signs, and an outdoor sculpture collection that is an excellent addition to any excursion to the Arboretum. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

Playgrounds

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“Public beach access as well as paddle boat, board and canoe rentals throughout the summer. ”
  • 9 locals recommend

Beaches

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“Public beach access as well as paddle boat, board and canoe rentals throughout the summer. ”
  • 9 locals recommend

Trails

Park
“There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests here, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest. A WPA-built stone bridge greets visitors, just 100 yards from the parking area. It's a beautiful, mossy wonder that makes a great destination in and of itself, though further wandering in the park is a fantastic day outing. Connect to Bloedel Donovan Park, the Railroad Trail, or do a one-mile loop in the park by beginning in the Silver Beach Road parking area, near the stone bridge at the main falls.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Trail
“Great views of downtown Bellingham from a historic tower. You can hike there from Western's college campus or drive to the top for the sweeping views. There is also a cool old tunnel the model T's used to drive through.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Trail
“The Interurban Trail is a rail trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It runs 6.6 miles between Fairhaven and Larrabee State Park in the Bellingham area. Popular with hikers and bicycles, the trail runs parallel to Chuckanut Drive though the Chuckanut Mountains.”
  • 1 local recommends
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  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Its a wonderful trail through Bellingham up to Whatcom Falls Park. The start point is behind Sunnyland Elementary School with a pedestrian bike /foot bridge over I-5. you cross only a few roads and gentle grade, gravel trail up into Whatcom Fall Park. Views of Bellingham Bay from the Alabama Street Overpass. Wildlife and marsh birds may be observed at St. Clair Pond, Scudder's Pond and Lake Whatcom. ”
  • 1 local recommends