South Bay Trail is a 4.9 mile out and back trail located near Bellingham, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain183 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestPavedRails trailsViewsWildlife
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A nice walk along the coast on a boardwalk and paved multi-use trails. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved/boardwalk and typically between four and eight feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated under 5% except for a steep section at about 0.4 miles when going north). Wheelchair and stroller users may want to start from the north instead and stop before the steep section. Boardwalk may be slippery and icy in the winter.

There are multiple restrooms along the trail, including by the parking area.

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Kit Mac
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Walking

Beautiful walk even when it's really wet! Pouring rain, but not too cold. Stopped for a latte at the coffee shop along the way. Lots of bathrooms! I can't wait to do this in better weather.

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Alie Boucher
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Bobbyee Davidson
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WalkingGreat!

Excellent, flexible use for almost anyone, any time, any weather.

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Biljana Petrovic
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Walking

Ocean freshness, brisk air, early morning best for walking not crowded.

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Bill Grove
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Jame Oliver
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Scenic driving
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Raymond Sharpi
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Mo V
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WalkingGreat!

Easy, often crowded

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

We were disappointed. The view was not we had hoped. It was kind of cool to walk out over the water on the boardwalk. There was also a pile of tin in the water left from when there was a can manufacturing facility on piers over the water

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Heather Colvin
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Jessica Garr
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Hiking

Easy peasy

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Oliver S
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Running

This is where you should take family or friends if they visit from out of town. Very pretty walk. Especially at sunset.

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Tanna Anderson
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Hiking

Lots of people but of course friendly as always.

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Yukari Yoshioka
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Hiking

Not too crowded considering the nice weather. Everyone was able to keep their distance. Nice casual walk with the pups.

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Kiran Sondhi
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Hiking

Great place to go for visitors or those driving by. I personally love doing yoga here! Get some coffee, take a walk :)

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Daniel Chang
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Hiking

Solid parkside hike which drops you off in Bellingham from Fairhaven. Great for jogging and kids (stroller friendly)

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Tony Rodriguez
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Walked this trail backwards from Boulevard the other day. Forgot to record it. Forgot camera as well. Shame too, there were people jumping off the pier. Would have been nice to add those to the photo archive. #LIVELAUGHLOVE

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Jas Krueger
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WalkingGreat!

This trail is a fun journey with lots of scenic variety that begins and ends in downtown Fairhaven. I took it further and wound up on York Street downtown Bellingham to make it an even 6 miles out and back. Lots of places to sit along the water and just gaze your day away! Very easy and flat. Enjoy!

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rob Holliman
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I run this trail a few times a week, there is a wonderful view out into the water

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Kalei wake
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Hiking

It was nice

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Mariana S
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Beautiful snowy day to do this trail in the heart of Bellingham! Enjoy the snow and the views of the bay, Bellinghamsters :)

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Laura Nelsen
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Hiking

Scenic, beautiful walk on the pier/ boardwalk/ trail. Park at Fairhaven, grab a coffee and go.

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Linda Connelly
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Hiking

*well used by the town- happy to see. *really nice walkways,even,flat,and pleasant Fairhaven to Bellingham connect. *downtown to bay to park to forest to town again. *very nice stroll.

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Greg Fritz
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Hiking

I love this trail.

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kathleen murray
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Walking

Beautiful views, chilly on the water with wind.

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Lindsay Kiefet
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Walking

Good views. Good for running and taking out of towners to.

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Jesse Munro
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Walking

Beautiful day

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Dina Lavaki
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kid friendly, beautiful views and an added bonus it had a coffee shop. great for a stroll on the waterfront.

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Jaime Inslee
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Walking

Great for a walk, not challenging at all. Beautiful views. Great for pokemon hunting if that's your thing. It gets super busy during the summer.

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Rachel Kingsley
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very pleasant!

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