Living

South Fork Valley

Denali, an Alaskan Malamute, waits in a pickup while his owners, Eric and Stephanie Tillmann, shop at Acme General Store, 2035 Valley Highway. The store caters to locals and tourists with a wide variety of products, including automotive items, books, movie rentals and recreational equipment.
Denali, an Alaskan Malamute, waits in a pickup while his owners, Eric and Stephanie Tillmann, shop at Acme General Store, 2035 Valley Highway. The store caters to locals and tourists with a wide variety of products, including automotive items, books, movie rentals and recreational equipment. DANNY GAWLOWSKI THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

The South Fork Valley is a winding stretch of river and two-lane road, pocket communities, forests and farms, and residents like it that way. Highway 9 south of Mount Baker Highway isn’t the fast route to anywhere, but it does offer views of the Cascades, access to trails, pleasant stops at Everybody’s Store and Acme General Store, and the way home, if you love peace and quiet in a rural setting.

Outdoor attractions abound, including bicycling, rafting, canoeing and kayaking, horseback trails on Stewart Mountain, walking trails on Blue and Bowman mountains, and hiking and view-gazing in Canyon Lake Community Forest.

HISTORY

Acme and Van Zandt live on as remnants of a group of towns that once clustered along the south fork of the Nooksack River. Prosperous towns that have since faded include Doran, Livewood, Saxon, Standard and Clipper.

SCHOOLS

Acme Elementary, Mount Baker Junior High, Mount Baker High, Timber Ridge High.

District: Mount Baker School District, www.mtbaker.wednet.edu.

PARK

Josh Vander Yacht.

QUOTE

“I really like the rural feel and the fact that it’s a farming community; there’s cows and horses. And the people out here are very unpretentious, independent and hard-working.”

Kimberly Roe, valley resident for 25 years

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