Year-round, Whatcom County is a lovely spot for scenic drives and hikes. But this time of year, as the colors change from bright greens to gorgeous gold, tawny brown and resplendent red, it’s a good idea to hop in your car, get out your hiking boots or hop on your bike and see those places you’ve read about but never taken the time to visit. Along your way, you’ll see breathtaking vistas, mountain meadows, views of the bays and lakes, and, no doubt, some wildlife.
Here are a few suggestions for fall outings. Remember to take your Discover Pass with you for access to state parks and other state recreation lands.
Both Chuckanut Drive and Mount Baker Highway are designated scenic drives by the state Department of Transportation.
Want to stay close to town for a casual walk? Memorial Park in Sunnyland neighborhood, the north shore along Lake Whatcom and the Interurban Trail in Bellingham are all delightful places.
In the Lynden area, stroll the Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail or explore Berthusen Park.
In Ferndale, bike or walk the dike-top trail along the Nooksack, or explore Tennant Lake and Hovander Homestead Park.
Blaine’s Semiahmoo Park offers views of White Rock, B.C., and the Gulf Islands.
Wherever you wander and however you travel, remember to dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera. Check some of the websites listed here for more ideas.