Fall is my favorite time of year for walking and hiking in Whatcom County.

Cooler temperatures, warmer colors, and fewer crowds make for ideal hiking around this beautiful area. Many of our guests come to this area just for the lovely scenic walks. We are located within a 30 minutes drive from many of these beautiful, iconic trails.


I have compiled a few of the favorite places my guests like to visit.  

Whatcom Falls Park

Whatcom Falls Park is a 241-acre park in Bellingham, Washington. The falls are on Whatcom Creek, which leads from Lake Whatcom to Bellingham Bay. The park has four sets of waterfalls and several miles of well-maintained walking trails. It is best viewed in the Fall, as rain returns and the falls grow larger. When you walk through the trails, you can see all of the colorful leaves. 

Picture Lake

Drive the scenic Mt. Baker Highway for 51 miles east of the Farmstead. The lake is one of the most visited places in Whatcom County. You can see the reflection of Mount Shuksan on the lake. During the Fall, the colors pop.

Picture Lake Path is a 0.4 mile moderately loop trail located near Maple Falls. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking, and from June to November, it is the most popular time. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be on a leash. 

Interurban 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 through the Chuckanut Mountains.

During the Fall months, the colors just come alive and put on a show for everyone. 

Chuckanut Trails

Several hiking trails go off of the Interurban Trail, leading into the Chuckanut Mountains.

At the north end (near Arroyo Park), think about visiting Chuckanut Falls after a good rain. From here, you can continue to the Hemlock Trail to Raptor Ridge and Pine and Cedar Lakes for a more challenging hike.

Further south in Larrabee State Park, the Interurban Trail intersects with the famous  — another favorite fall hike.  I have a short blog on the Scenic Byway, called Chuckanut Drive.


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.


Semiahmoo Park Trails

Head west toward the water to find Semiahmoo Park, one of the best areas for a beach walk near the Farmstead. Walk the paved public path along the water, follow boardwalks to beach overlooks, head out to the tide pools, and explore the waters. The park also offers the Semiahmoo Spit Trail, a segment of the Coast Millennium Trail, a paved-walkway with spectacular views across Drayton Harbor of Mount Baker.

Address: Semiahmoo Park, 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA 98230

34 minutes from the Farmstead via E. Badger Road


City Waterfront Trails

Finally, there are several parks with trails along the waterfront in Bellingham. These are two of our favorites!

The Squalicum Harbor Trail is a paved trail that loops around the harbor. It offers beautiful views of Bellingham Bay and Lummi Island. Several places make a pit stop along the trail, including restaurants like Kuru Kuru Sushi or Anthony’s, sporting goods store Kite Paddle Surf, and the Marine Life Center.

Check out the South Bay Trail and visit Boulevard Park, located on Bellingham Bay. You can grab a coffee, tea, or snack from Woods Coffee and stroll along Taylor Dock, a boardwalk once used for the waterfront industry reopened in 2004 for public use. There are scenic views of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and, if you’re there on a clear day, you can even see Mount Baker! This system is easy with a few gentle grades, mostly gravel, and dogs must be leashed.

Address: Squalicum Harbor, 722 Coho Way, Bellingham, WA 98225

30 minutes from the Farmstead via Hannegan Road

Address: Boulevard Park, 470 Bayview Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

33 minutes from the Farmstead via Hannegan Road


Your guide to receational trails near Bellingham

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