Tucked into the northwest corner of the Evergreen State, Whatcom County’s 2,503 square miles have a well-earned reputation for serene, stunning Northwest beauty. The county is bordered by Canada on the north, Okanogan County on the east, Skagit County on the south, and the Strait of Georgia on the west. It features some of the most stunning and scenic real estate in the state as well as some sweet local parks.
Located in the City of Bellingham, the largest city in Whatcom County, this county park includes multiple waterfalls, picturesque ponds, marsh and song birds, picnicking, and a playground. Ditto a vast network of hiking trails that braid around Whatcom Creek. Trails are mostly brief, level, and easy, with lots of shade. Also a sweet little waterfall and stone bridge that was built by the WPA in 1939-40.
If you continue hiking north and are willing to brave a busy street crossing you’ll find beautiful Bloedel-Donovan Park, where the lapping waters of Lake Whatcom kiss the shore. There’s also a popular leash-free zone for dogs at the south end of the park near Lake Whatcom. (For more, see: Whirling Through Whatcom: Washington’s Captivating Coastal County.)
It was warm when we visited this sweet little park in early May. The sky poured out an infinite bowl of blue. Sunshine bounced off waterfalls, lakes, and evergreens. We dropped our Camelbaks and lunched at a picnic table on the shores of Lake Whatcom while a cool breeze nipped the hems of some nearby conifers.
Talk about a sweet afternoon! We hope to make it back in the not-too-distant future.
Whatcom Falls Park is located at 1401 Electric Avenue in the Whatcom Falls Neighborhood. There are two entrances to Whatcom Falls Park. To access the sports field and upper playground, use the entrance at 1401 Electric Ave. Or take I-5 exit 253 and drive 2 miles east on Lakeway Drive till you find the sign. It’s on the left near a traffic light.