For a few months out of the year, the signature evergreen woods and mountains of the Pacific Northwest become emblazoned with fiery red and brilliant gold. Lovers of Fall may rejoice in Whatcom County, as the area boasts some of the most spectacular panoramic views of this season in its full glory.
If you’re looking for spots to enjoy the fall foliage while getting active, we’ve got you covered with the top parks and walks in Whatcom County—
Hovander Homestead Park and Tennant Lake
Located in Ferndale, off Nielsen Avenue, this park shares a trail with 624 acres of wildlife. The 4-mile Hovander-Tennant trail is arched by bowing trees and surrounded by acres of untouched, quiet nature. The 2-mile Nooksack River Dike Trail stretches along the bank of the river, although most of the views are of the trees and open fields, rather than the water. The 1.4-mile Tennant Lake Boardwalk trail offers a low-intensity, pleasant walk with a boardwalk that winds through a wooded marsh over the wetlands.
Stimpson Family Nature Reserve
The ideal easy-paced walked under towering trees. On the south side of Lake Whatcom, the reserve offers a 4-mile wide and inviting loop trail into the forest filled with ancient, wise trees and a resident beaver pond.
South Bay Trail
The South Bay Trail offers a 2.3 mile stretch across Bellingham with stunning views of the water and surrounding trees and a fresh, breezy air made even more crisp in the fall. No better way to sooth your soul and warm yourself than with a mug of coffee or hot cocoa afterwards in nearby Fairhaven or at Woods Coffee in Boulevard Park.
Sehome Hill Aboretum
Complete with an overlook tower, Sehome Hill Aboretum provides the ultimate 360-degree view of Whatcom County and its vividly colorful foliage in the fall. The surrounding forest is lush and unadulterated and features northwest Washington’s signature sandstone landforms. In addition, the Aboretum includes 6 miles of trails and an outdoor sculpture garden.