Parks & Playgrounds

Bellingham and Whatcom County are full of parks, providing access to beachfront, walking paths, board walks, and forest trails on national, state, county and local public lands.

It is important to remember to Recreate Responsibly and follow all safety guidelines.

Below, find an overview of many parks throughout Whatcom County.

For more detailed listings, try these resources:

City of Bellingham Parks

Whatcom County Parks & Trails

Arroyo is located off of Chuckanut Drive at 1700 Old Samish Road.

  • Creek
  • Off Lease Dog Area
  • Parking
  • Trails

Bay Horizon is a former air force radar base featuring open fields and the Lion’s Foundation Camp Horizon.

  • Basketball Courts
  • Outdoor Pickleball Court
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Walking Trails

Big Rock Sculpture Garden is tucked up in the hills overlooking Lake Whatcom. There are over 37 different sculpture by international and local artists.

  • Gardens
  • Gazebo
  • Sculpture Collection
  • Trail

Birch Bay State Park provides visitors with beach and tideland access and is a very popular spot for bird watching.

Bloedel Donovan gives park-goers beach access to Lake Whatcom with trails providing access to Whatcom Falls.

  • Basketball
  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch
  • Dock Access
  • Dog Park / Dog Off Lease Area
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Lake Access
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Volleyball


Boulevard Park is one of the most popular parks in Bellingham. The park provides access to the South Bay Trail and Taylor Dock and is also a great place to take in the views of Bellingham Bay and Downtown Bellingham.

  • BBQ Grills
  • Beach Access to Bellingham Bay
  • Board Walk
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Woods Coffee

Cornwall park is located in the middle of Bellingham and offers 70 acres and 1.5 miles of trails to explore. There is also a 9 hole disc golf course, tennis cours and a spray park and playground for kids.

  • Basketball
  • BBQ Grills
  • Disc Golf
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Spray Park
  • Tennis Courts
  • Trails

Deming Park is known for it’s majestic bald eagles and is located on the edge of the North Fork Nooksack River.

  • Fishing
  • Trials
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wildlife Viewing

Elizabeth Park is home to Bellingham’s Summer Concert Series and also offers year round access to basketball courts, playgrounds, tennis courts and trails.

  • Basketball Courts
  • Fountain
  • Gazebo
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Trails


Fairhaven Park is a beautiful community area located in Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District.

  • BBQ Grills
  • Community Builidings
  • Basektball Courts
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • Spray Park
  • Tennis Court
  • Trails

Hovander Park preserves the rich history of Ferndale’s pioneer farms. The park encompasses nearly 350 acres with a mile long river running through.

  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Museum
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Wildlife Viewing

Interurban Trail sits on the site of the last electric train that ran along the Interurban Railway in 1928. Now the route connecting urban greenways in Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven with Larrabee State Park has been reborn as a favorite with walkers, runners and bicyclists.

  • Trails

Enjoy a stroll on the main loop trail that goes around Lake Padden or lengthen your trip by exploring some of the short trails at the east end of the park.

  • Basketball
  • BBQ Grill
  • Boat Launch
  • Fishing Dock
  • Golf Course
  • Lake Access
  • Off Lease Dog Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Softball Fields
  • Trails

Lake Whatcom Park gives visitors the opportunity to stroll by the lake and walk through a lush forest. The interpretive kiosk, located at the lake shore, tells the story of Lake Whatcom and its significance to our community.

  • Fishing
  • Trails

Lighthouse Marine Park is a 21 acre park has become known as one of the best places to view Orca whales from land.

  • Boat Ramp
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Trails
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Wildlife Viewing

Little Squalicum Park was established as a community park in 1976.

  • Dog Off Leash Area
  • Trails

Known as the original Lummi Island ferry landing, this beach is now used for exploring tideland.

  • Beach Access
  • Fishing

Located behind Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, Maritime Heritage Park offers stunning views of Bellingham Bay and active waterfront.

  • BBQ Grills
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Tables
  • Trails


Also known as Lynden’s City Park, Million Smiles is known for having the “best playground ever.”

  • Basketball Court
  • Pickleball Court
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Tennis Court
  • Trails

Established in 1991, Northridge Park has trails winding through second growth Douglas Fir forests with wetland pockets.

  • Pond
  • Trail

The Sehome Hill Arboretum is a lush, green refuge with 6 miles of trails is the backyard playground for Western Washington University and Fairhaven College in Bellingham. Established as an arboretum in 1967, Sehome Hill was protected from logging officially by members of Western’s College Board of Trustees in May 1969. 

  • Observation Tower
  • Trails

Squalicum Creek Park was developed by Bellingham Parks and Recreation and has nearly 1.5 miles of trail in the Squalicum Creek.

  • Basketball
  • Dog Off Leash Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Spray Park
  • Trails
  • Zipline

Star Park is located just south of Pioneer Park in beautiful Ferndale, WA. It is a playground about 12,000 square feet in size. The park is split into two areas, one for kids 0-5 and the other for kids 5-12.

  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground

A switchback trail through the forest leads to magnificent shoreline views of Chuckanut Bay and Clark’s Point is Teddy Bear Cove. An unusual white sand beach is the result of centuries of crushed clam shells

  • Beach Access
  • Fishing
  • Trails

Wander down to the beach to enjoy the waterfront, before you leave make sure you stroll along the paths down to the park’s namesake, the art installation known as “Waypoint” (a.k.a. the “Acid Ball”). 

  • Beach Access
  • Playground

Enjoy more than three miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Wander through the forests, discover open meadows and enjoy the falls. Connect to Bloedel Donovan Park, the Railroad Trail, or do a one-mile loop in the park by beginning in the Silver Beach Road parking area, near the stone bridge at the main falls.

  • BBQ Grill
  • Basketball
  • Off Lease Dog Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restroom
  • Tennis Courts
  • Trails

Overlooking Squalicum Harbor, Zuanich Point Park is the venue for community events, boating celebrations, picnics, and outstanding kite flying.

  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Trails/Paths
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