When we made reservations here the agent said something about not having spots left that were far from the train tracks. We did not think twice about it until about 10 p.m. our first night – when it sounded like a freight train was barreling through our tent! Larrabee occupies a narrow spot of land next to Bellingham Bay, within sight of the San Juan Islands and practically within skateboarding distance of Bellingham. Luckily, train traffic was not too high the time we spent here, and the short walk out to the rocky coast made up for the inconvenience of the middle-of-the-night noise. Convenient, too, was the closeness of the park to Bellingham, the Northwest’s uber-cool college and granola destination. The city’s bars, breweries, markets, and restaurants will make you think twice about sleeping too much anyway.
Larabee State Park off Chuckanut Drive (about 5 miles south of the Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington) is a big playground of scenic hiking trails, sandy beaches, and freshwater lakes. This popular park offers campsites in the forest and gorgeous sunset views along the Samish Bay shoreline. When the Salish Sea tide is out, explore tide pools teeming with crabs, sea anemones, starfish, and other critters. Or go hike along some of the 15 miles of trails to lakes, mountain tops, or passing unique rock formations. There are also 13 miles of trails for bicycling. Lots to do!