Cities and Towns of Northwest Washington
Loop of the Great Washington Birding Trail
This loop takes you along the inland coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean where you can view shorebirds. Then the trail turns east through conifer forests and over the passes of the Cascade Mountains. Expect to see Bald Eagles, Snow Geese, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans.
Skagit Audubon. PO Box 1101, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Tennant Lake Interpretive Center and Fragrance Garden. 5236 Nielsen Road, Ferndale, WA 98248. Phone: 360-384-3064.
Mt. Baker Lanes. 1788 Labounty Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248. Phone: 360-384-0235.
Birch Bay State Park. 5105 Helweg Road, Blaine, WA 98230. Reservations: 1-888-226-7688.
Popular activities at Birch Bay Park include camping, clamming, crabbing, oysters, hiking trails and saltwater boating, fishing and swimming.
Lake Terrell. 5 miles West of Ferndale on Lake Terrell Road.
Larrabee State Park. 245 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. Phone: 360-902-8844; Reservations: 1-888-226-7688.
Outdoor recreation in Larrabee Park includes fishing both saltwater and freshwater, boating saltwater, diving, clamming, crabbing, hiking and biking trails, bird watching, sailboarding and interpretive activities.
Ross Lake. Phone: 360-854-7200; Fax: 360-856-1934.
Tennant Lake Interpretive Center and Fragrance Garden. Phone: 360-384-3064.
Hiking trails include the Boardwalk Loop, Hovander Homestead, and River Dike Access Trails.
Hovander Homestead Park. 5299 Neilsen Road, Ferndale, WA 98248. Phone: 360-384-3444.
Vanderyacht City Park. Located along the Nooksack River.
This 13-acre park offers a beautiful scenic walk along a half-mile interpretive trail adjacent to the river and a large pond. The park's highlights are its serenity, access to the river, and the views of the large smoke stack you can see across the river, towering above the trees. There are benches, barbeque grills and a large grassy field.
Pioneer Park. 2004 Cherry Street, Ferndale, WA 98248. Phone: 360-384-6461.
This beautiful park, established in 1901, is home to the largest collection of authentic cedar slab log cabins in the world and sits along the Nooksack River. The Ferndale Heritage Society coordinates cabin tours with the city from May 15 thru September 15, Tuesday-Sundays.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Urban Trails Bellingham: Chuckanut Mountains, Western Washington, Skagit Valley by Craig Romano. This Mountaineers books focuses on the trails and parks in and around Bellingham, including the Chuckanut Mountains, Skagit Valley and Anacortes that are easily accessible by public transit or a short drive and do not require special gear. Order now...
Hiking Washington's History by Judy Bentley. Each chapter begins with an overview of the region's history followed by individual trail narratives and historical highlights. Quotes from diaries, journals, letters, and reports, plus contemporary and historic photographs, describe sites and trails from Washington's past. Each trail description includes a map and directions. Order now...
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