There are a number of magnificent trails in and around Bellingham, Washington. They are all a part of the city's Greenways program. Here is a list of five that Bellinghamsters use regularly.
1. Interurban Trail - This trail, for much of its distance, follows the old interurban rail line road bed that connected communities in Whatcom County to communities in Skagit County. The trail starts on the Old Fairhaven Parkway, makes its way through some residential areas, old forest, Arroyo Park, open areas and ends up at Larrabee State Park. It is seven miles one way and is well worth the effort.
2. Lake Padden Park Trails. 2.6 mile loop around the lake. This is a popular walking and jogging trail. It goes through heavily forested areas except for those areas on the East and Southeast lake shores. Here it passes softball fields, play areas, picnic grounds and winds up at the swimming beach. On hot summer days this areas is in constant use.
3. Railroad Trail. This trail is 3.5 miles one way. It goes from Memorial Park to Bloedel Donovan Park. It travels along an old railroad bed over Alabama Hill to Lake Whatcom. There are scenic views, wetlands, a foot overpass and a beautiful waterfall at Whatcom Falls Park.
4. Sehome Hill Arboretum. 5.3 miles of trails. Heavily forested trail loops with an overlook tower with views of the town and bay. It features pleasant walks, sculpture and architecture on the nearby Western Washington University campus.
5. South Bay Trail. 2 miles one way. Goes from the downtown central business district, through Boulevard Park, along the overwater Taylor Street Dock to Fairhaven. A must do for anyone visiting Bellingham.