Larrabee State Park, Bellingham

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Larrabee State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on Samish Bay, six miles south of the city of Bellingham, Washington. The 2683acre state park offers fishing, boating, and camping as well as mountain trails for hiking and biking. It is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.HistoryThe park became Washington's first state park after Bellingham businessman Charles Larrabee donated 20 acres of land to the state in 1914. Following Larrabee's death later that year, his widow saw the transfer through to completion and the park was formalized in 1915. Initially called Chuckanut State Park, the park's name was changed to Larrabee in 1923. The Larrabee family donated another 1500 acres in 1937, with neighboring landowners making additional contributions.Activities and amenitiesThe park features a short walk down to a pebble beach with views onto Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. For longer excursions, there are 13 miles of biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. Picnicking, boating, saltwater fishing, sailboarding, and beachcombing are among the other recreational options. Two mountain lakes, Fragrance Lake and Lost Lake, offer freshwater fishing for hikers.
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  • Beautiful scenic and forest views with number of hiking trails, camping, picnic area.and more. There is a fee to use the park.  more »
  • I love states parks and I know that all of it requires a pass or people can pay fees on site . I live in Washington for six years and I only see states park free few times a year on a some special day...  more »
  • Larrabee State Park seems like a must-do for visitors to Bellingham. You access the park by driving along the scenic Chuckanut Dr (Route 11). There are a number of beach access points and trails. Keep...  more »
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  • Beautiful Place to hike and explore the beach. Stunning stretch of coast line to tide pool, and amazing sandtone cliffs. Not the best camping location as it is right next to the rail line, pretty steady flow of trains at all hours. It can also be pretty busy during the summer. But there is a big grassy area to have lunch if you come for a day trip.
  • This is Washington's first state park. It has beautiful trails, grassy area, awesome views, access to beach, . IMO, not a good choice for camping as it is right next to the rail line. Very well maintained. You can do hiking as well. If you are coming from Seattle, make sure to take exit-231 from I-5 and come by WA-11. You would enjoy beautiful Chuckanut drive.
  • Um yes, this place has got it going on! Not only does it have hikes and play area's a theatre, but there is the ocean the beach the sun! Huh such a relieving place! Will keep going there with friends and will drive there myself as soon as I get a car! :) Haha
  • Washington's first state park is a few miles south of Bellingham on scenic Chuckanut Drive (if you're coming from Seattle, take the exit just after Mt. Vernon to enjoy the whole thing.) Larrabee State Park has a campground, picnic area, playground, and even an old Band Shell. But follow the trail under the railroad tracks to the beach. There are beautiful views of the Sound and the Islands and lots of tidepools to explore. There are strangely sculpted sandstone rocks. Once you go under the tracks, the trail splits to the left and the right. Go to the right and you're a few steps away from the beach. Go to the left and you'll be atop rocks and have a slightly longer walk with beautiful views and a strategically placed park bench. This is definitely a spot for a sunny day, especially since the view will be diminished on a rainy day and there will be mud and slippery rocks. It's a beautiful park!
  • Nice campground - well maintained and we scored free showers because the coin machines were broken (otherwise they are 50 cents) all facilities were clean! Beach is not accessible for a stroller but we managed anyways. Not much of a swimming beach but great for hunting and finding creatures during low tide! Hills are tough for bikes - we’ll be back
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