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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  • Little short on firewood but that was the only issue. Park is clean, employees are friendly, fun, and prompt with help. Grounds are well kept. Truely 5 stars....
  • The Beach access is absolutely awesome with breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands but if your plans include staying at the campground think twice. Expensive!!! the price per campsite was shocking. It seemed nice during the day but, in the evening and late at night a train went by every half hour just a few feet away and the traffic noise from Chuckanut Dr just above was irritating at most.
  • This park is incredible for hiking along the shoreline, or even just through the trees. There are amazing views on every trail, and you're destined to see every shade of green in existence. To get a one-day Discovery Pass, we had to pay $10. Be weary of that before you go!
  • This is a very nice place to hike the trails. Clean, not too crowded. People you meet on the trail are friendly. Plenty of nature. Not too hard but challenges as well if you choose.
  • Great day time recreation. But if camping overnight, don't expect to get much sleep. Trains roll through all night blowing their horns. Very loud.
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