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The Nooksack Loop Trail is envisioned as a recreation and transportation corridor through north Whatcom County. It directly links six parks and four major population centers. The cities being connected are all in favor of the trail. You can read their letters of support here.

  • Bellingham
  • Lynden
  • Ferndale
  • Everson
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Watch a video of the trail route and the communities it connects! Download the MP4 video (40MB) by clicking here.


    Bellingham, WAThe City of Bellingham is home to an active and engaged citizenry, a nationally recognized university and is considered the gateway to the scenic Chuckanut Mountain range. Residents here enjoy the city’s proximity to Bellingham Bay beaches as well as easy access to the foothills of Mount Baker. In 1990 the city implemented a Greenways Program to pay for the active transportation infrastructure that now defines its image, bringing in thousands of tourists each year and creating opportunities for residents to get around the city on a bike, safely. The Nooksack Loop Trail would connect these treasured trails to the largely agricultural landscape of Whatcom County, and create even more opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the region.

    See the City of Bellingham Letter of Support for the Nooksack Loop Trail


    FerndaleThe city of Ferndale is home to three parks, all connected to the Nooksack River. Residents here enjoy the city’s support of Pioneer Park, VanderYacht Park, Hovander Homestead Park and hopefully the future River Place Park, on the site of our former golf course. The city’s trail background points to a desire to connect all of these parks together around the river. The Nooksack Loop  Trail would be the crowning jewel to a connection to both the river and the rest of Whatcom County.

    See the City of Everson Letter of Support for the Nooksack Loop Trail


    LyndenThe City of Lynden is nestled on the coastal plain between the banks of the Nooksack River and the Cascade Mountain foothills.  Rich fertile farmland surrounds Lynden making agriculture a vital component of the economy. Residents here enjoy the city’s existing trail system, which connects the City Park and the city’s athletic fields.  Since the trail was built nearly 15 years ago it has become a major artery for the city.  There is always someone on the trail.  The city has plans to expand the trail west and south toward the river.  The Nooksack Loop Trail will link Lynden to the rest of the county on the west end near Patterson Park and on the east end toward the sweeping views of the fertile farmland and Mt. Baker.

    See the City of Lynden Letter of Support for the Nooksack Loop Trail


    EversonDairy and berry are Everson’s agricultural roots and today is the heartbeat for Whatcom’s expanding sustainable small farms community. Residents here enjoy two beautifully maintained city parks which provide for tennis, basketball, soccer and baseball. The Nooksack Loop Trail will further extend Everson’s railroad trail west towards Lynden, showcasing expansive views across our agricultural landscape plus mountain vistas into Canada as well as an alternative route south towards Bellingham.

    See the City of Everson Letter of Support for the Nooksack Loop Trail

    parks & recreation

    The Nooksack Loop Trail stands to connect some of Whatcom County's most valuable park assets. Read about these treasures below. The Whatcom County Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Commission both issued letters in support of the NLT.

    Read them here.

    Cornwall ParkCornwall Park in Bellingham is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill city park with perfect shrubbery, beauty bark and impeccably manicured lawns. It is a northwest park through and through, populated mainly by large firs, hemlocks andcedars, which block out the sun. The temperature under these trees is 10-degrees cooler than outside the park, and, true to form, the ground is covered with ferns and pine needles. At both edges of the park and tucked away inside, stretches of green grass present themselves for volleyball and baseball -- although summer is the only time of year dry enough for these sports. The newer part of the park now offers a wading pool and covered picnic area. Here you will also find a bridge and an area to walk along Squalicum Creek where it flows through the park.


    Hovander ParkHovander Homestead Park just outside of Ferndale is a historical teasure trove. Lawns surround the historic Hovander house and, next to it, a huge red barn. They are peppered with many picnic tables and grills. Absolutely perfect for a family reunion or Sunday afternoon lunch, there is even a small play area for children featuring a swing set, slide and a big red tractor. Just behind the playground is a wooden lookout tower. Climb to the top and you will get a spectacular view of the Hovander homestead, from the horse field to the barn to the house and down to the grove of trees that serves as a buffer between the park and the Nooksack river. It is clear from there, at the top of the tower, that Hovander park is a gift. A spread of green carpet, home to flowers and plants and animals of all sizes, the living representative of the Hovander family.


    Berthusen ParkBerthusen Park, a City of Lynden property located west of Lynden on Berthusen Road, stands as testimonyto the industry andgenerosity of these early Whatcom homesteaders. Hans Berthusen single-handedly cleared 100 acres of the densely forested land back in 1883, but left twenty more of it in virgin timber, so that he wouldn’t forget what the land had looked like before he started. He left the land to the City of Lynden in 1944 as a memorial park, so that future generations would remember as well.  The Berthusens’ enormous, old barn still stands proudly on the property, at the entrance to the park. On the field around it, retired and resting, is antique farm machinery.But the road into the park keeps going over a bridge and into the shade of the ancient trees, and the farm and all the work it implies quickly fades from memory. Once into the park, visitors have quite a few options for more leisurely activities. Three covered shelters are available for group reservations, and a generous quantity of picnic tables and barbeque pits are scattered beneath the forest canopy, for those who prefer to picnic in the shade at the spur of the moment. There are slides, swings and other playground equipment for younger children, and areas for baseball, horseshoes and volleyball for kids of all ages. Wide, well-maintained trails lead off into the woods for visitors who prefer to stroll through the old growth and second-growth areas of the park. An Interpretive Trail leads off through the woods on the east side of the park, with printed pamphlets on a box at the head of the trail for those who are curious about the vegetation. 


    Lynden City ParkCity Park in Lynden is also known as Million Smiles Playground Park. City Park has been a place of enjoyment for decades, located north of downtown Lynden; generations after generations have been hiking in amongst the tall conifer trees, skipping rocks in Fishtrap Creek, picnicking with friends and family. Lynden City Park playgrounds have been fond childhood memories of those who grew up in the area, after so many years of wear and tear the community joined together in the spring of 2006 to build a new playground “Million Smiles”. This playground was designed, built, and funded by the hundreds of Community Volunteers, in a matter of 9 days. The playground features a tot lot, climbing wall, swings, jungle gym, a castle maze, and a 35ft.tall tree house with a slide.  Many children have left their handprints in the playground and families and business left there names etched into a picket fence marking a memory of fun for generations to come. Other Park amenities include 4 lighted Tennis Courts, A Pickleball Court, A Basketball Court, the Begining of the Jim Kaemingk Sr. City Trail, Fish Trap Creek, Group Shelters, and multiple picnic tables throughout the park for visitors to enjoy!


    Riverside ParkRiverside Park is located on the banks of the Nooksack River and one block from Everson’s popular railroad trail. It is the city’s largest and most loved park. A pergola shelter surrounded by garden beds anchors the north end of the park and serves as an attractive gateway into the city. Soccer fields and baseball diamonds are heavily used in season and a nature trail extends out to the ever changing gravel bars along the river. Interpretive signage explains the cultural, geology, habitat and waterway history of the community. Riverside Park is best known to Whatcom County as an exciting exchange point in the dynamic annual Ski to Sea Race, where hundreds of road bikes pass off to canoe teams.


    Park descriptions for Cornwal Park, Hovander Park and Berthusen Park from
    Park description for Lynden City Park from City of Lynden website.

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