Berthusen Park

Berthusen Park

8837 Berthusen Rd, Lynden, WA 98264

Berthusen Park is a tranquil city park that provides the perfect place to connect with nature, unwind, go for an easy hike, or picnic with the family. From Oostema Farmstead, head west on Badger Road, approximately eleven miles, to explore this gem. And though this park is beloved by locals, it remains relatively quiet, except during some of the hottest days of the year.

Berthusen provides picnic areas, including group shelters (which can be reserved for events), three playground areas, majestic old-growth forest, hiking trails, and the meandering Bertrand Creek. It’s also a great educational resource. Many homeschool families use the park as a platform to teach about nature and the environment, history, and physical education.

The trails that wind throughout the park are wide and provide a beautiful backdrop for a casual stroll for beginning-level hikers or those with little legs. Even those who like to jog or run can enjoy these trails, as the tall trees provide shade and cooler temperatures. Bikes are also used on these dirt trails.

One popular trail is Eagle Loop. It winds through the park’s 236 acres with views along Bertrand Creek. You will have the opportunity to switch directions several times along your hike as the trails intersect. And don’t worry about getting lost along the way. There are maps at all major intersections to help you navigate.

Nature lovers will enjoy the possibilities of spotting downy woodpeckers, great horned owls, deer, and a variety of wildflowers. You may even see salmon in Bertrand Creek. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty of old-growth Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar.

If you’re a history buff, be sure to read the signage and explore the property. The farm was homesteaded in 1883 by Hans Berthusen and Lida Hawley-Berthusen.  In 1944 the entire Berthusen homestead was given to the people of the city of Lynden. Their home is on the Register of Historic Places and was built from trees grown on their property.

If you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon, head to a downtown Lynden restaurant such as Rustlers Front Street Grill and then over to Berthusen Park for a walk. Or get your order to go and enjoy a picnic under the trees.

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