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Outdoor Activities

Looking for fun activities that get the entire family outside for the day?  Kid insider is the only local resource for all family oriented outdoor activities in Whatcom County.  From biking and hiking to visiting our local farms, you are bound to find something that will interest even the most tech-addicted kid!

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Whatcom County Cycling

Bellingham has earned the distinction as a "Trail City USA". There are miles and miles of trails and many exciting cycling opportunities for families in beautiful Bellingham. From flat, easy family rides to mountain biking adventures. We even have a dirt jump park!

  • Bike Trails & Maps
  • BMX Racing
  • Dirt Jump Park
  • Mountain Biking

Boy Cycling with Dad on the Tommy Thompsen Trail

The Full Bellingham Trail Map is a detailed guide to the trails and greenways in the City of Bellingham. This guide will not only give you maps, but directions to and the mileage of each trail. If you want a breakdown of each trail see the Bellingham Trail Guide by Section.

The City of Bellingham Bike Route Map illustrates marked and un-marked bicycle routes on trails and streets. It also includes bike shops, hills, parks and other stops along your journey.

is the website for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which is "a non-profit dedicated to assisting local communities in converting unused railroad corridors into trails." Many of the trails are listed on the Full Bellingham Trail Map. The three below were not listed on the trail map. Click on the links below for more information:

Hertz Trail

Larabee Trail

Squires Lake Trail




Bellingham Dirt Jump Park is located right in the city across from the Civic Field. From beginners to seasoned riders this park has 2, 3, 5 and 7-foot jumps to appeal to riders of all ability levels. This is fun for the whole family! Even if you don't ride it's a great place to come and watch riders fly through the air!


Whatcom County offers many challenging rides for mountain biking enthusiasts.  You can view many of the available trails on the Full Bellingham Trail Guide.

Do you love mountain biking? We have a world class mountain right in our back yard! Galbraith Mountain has trails that fit any skill level. From long flowy cross country tracks for the less experienced, to directional jump tracks for the more advanced. This is such a large area it is recommended that you carry a map with you. The Whimp Mountain Bike Coalition maintains this privately owned area.

The Galbraith Mountain Guide is another site that offers trail maps and even offers a "Getting Started on Galbraith Guide", which is very helpful when you are starting kids mountain biking! This guide also mentions the best trails for beginners!

You can find both Galbraith and Lake Padden Park on the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance's website.
This website has the location and a topographic map of each of these locations.

Chuckanut Mountain Biking Trails: Not all of these trails allow mountain bikes.

Whimps Mountain Bike Coalition

Chuckanut Mountain Biking Trails