Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham
Categories: Playgrounds, Historic Walking Areas, Fun & Games, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
Find yourself surrounded by stunning greenery and waterfalls among the 97 hectares (240 acres) of Whatcom Falls Park. Many miles of walking trails guide visitors over moss- and fern-covered stone bridges and past bubbling creeks. You can enjoy the fishing pond, tennis courts, athletic fields, and playgrounds on offer in this lush haven. Indulge your inner daredevil at Whirlpool Falls, where a 9.1 m (30 ft) drop sends divers plunging into the whirlpool below. Explore the fish hatchery, or settle in at one of the picnic tables for a barbeque meal and peaceful retreat. Make Whatcom Falls Park a centerpiece of your Bellingham vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bellingham tour planner.
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Always fun for all ages...for playing or just strolling. One of prettiest areas in bellingham. We have been going there for years
We used the park as a rest stop on our drive from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. It was the perfect place to stretch our legs, hike a bit, and take in the beauty of the waterfalls. The historic Stone Bridg... read more »
A gem of a park in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. An extensive trail system that allows for hours of exploration at an easy pace. Lots of variety with small playground, grassy areas, streams, ... read more »
Julianna Gallup Van Enk
One of my favorite city parks in Bellingham, and possibly in the state. Paved, easy-to-access waterfall, which is fun to watch as the seasons change. No problem for the older and younger family members, or those with special needs. Lots of gravel trails and people walking their dogs. Basketball courts, play areas for the kids, and a youth fishing pond. Relaxing atmosphere all around. Used to visit this park almost daily to walk my dog before moving from the area.
Funny story: I'm not from the Bellingham area, and when I saw details of the trail very briefly, it said the trail was about 4 miles with a 50ft elevation. So I was expecting a decent trail hike and since I went with my parents, expected a longer hike. We arrived at the park, and literally 2 minutes walking into the trail are the waterfalls I've seen pictures of. WAAY too easy, and we came over prepared with hiking bags, snacks, and lunch (we arrived at 9am to make sure we have time to "hike" the whole thing". So yea, I would suggest if you don't plan to walk the whole trail, you'll be fine with just about anything or nothing to bring, haha. The waterfalls were very nice looking and definitely smaller than I thought. If you want to get a good photo of the bridge and the waterfall, there is a bit of a climb down which can get tricky for older and younger kids.
The falls has wonderful, easy to walk trails, that are nicely shaded and range terrane. A great place for photos, a quick dog walk, there are pools to swim in, nature to watch and explore and even a play ground at the entrance. Large fields make this a great place to meet up for a party or get together as well.
How GORGEOUS. The falls are just 1,000 feet from the trailhead, and very much worth seeing. This place is ridiculously beautiful, and worth stopping by even if you're on a quick jaunt through Bellingham.
Beautiful view of water fall after only ~50 feet of downhill walking. There's a small play structure, but it's best suited to you get kids. Bigger kids can enjoy climbing around on the trails or hopping on stones to cross shallow water. There is a fish hatchery with pictures and descriptions of the fish they hatch there, but when we went in August 2016, we were told the summer has been too hot and the fish had been removed to cooler waters.
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