Northwest Outdoor Adventures

Northwest Outdoor Adventures

A Walk in the Park in Bellingham, Washington

Step outside and take advantage of miles of hiking trails, serene parks, and special spots in and around Bellingham that allow you to unplug from the world. With endless activities in the great outdoors, the only problem is deciding what to do first.

Whatcom Falls Park

Dating back to the 1890s, Whatcom Falls Park is steeped in history. The stunning combination of tranquil woods and cascading waterfalls makes for a lovely experience. The Fish Hatchery is teeming with trout that stock lakes and rivers across the state. Walk across the iconic Chuckanut Sandstone Bridge for a premium view of Whatcom Falls. On a hot day, visitors cool off in "The Whirlpool," a popular swimming hole that offers a 60-foot cliff for adventure seekers. This park is pup-friendly with an off-leash area at the south end. Plan to stay at the park the whole day? Make use of the picnic tables, barbecue areas, playgrounds, sports courts and the pup-friendly off-leash area at the south end of the park.

Big Rock Garden Park

Art and nature collide at a one-of-a-kind city park tucked above Lake Whatcom. Big Rock Garden Park displays dozens of original sculptures by local and international artists. The diverse collection features mediums of concrete, granite, steel, and wood. This outdoor exhibit is permanent yet ever-changing as the spring flowers give way to autumn leaves on maple trees. Open year-round from dusk until dawn, the whole family will enjoy a stroll through the peaceful grounds.

Urban Trails

You can reap the benefits of nature right in the heart of the city! Bellingham offers walking and biking trails that take you through neighborhoods, parks and historical landmarks. The Old Village Trail connects Elizabeth Park and the Maritime Heritage Park. You'll pass the Pickett House, Bellingham's oldest home, and the Washington Territorial Courthouse. 

The South Bay Trail is a 4-mile (round-trip) path with pretty views of the Bellingham Bay and San Juan Islands. It connects the business district with a charming, downtown Fairhaven.

Walkers, cyclists and even equestrians appreciate the relaxed vibe of the wheelchair-accessible Interurban Trail where Fairhaven joins with Larrabee State Park. The wooded path offers water views, a waterfall, and beach access.

If you head toward Bellingham Bay, the Interurban leads to the Lower Padden Trail. In fall and early winter, you may see spawning salmon in Padden Creek. The trail leads you to the entrance of Marine Park, where you can hunt for sand dollars on the pebbly beach, launch your kayak, and marvel at soaring herons and eagles.