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“Hidden smack in the middle of town!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sehome Hill Arboretum

Sehome Hill Arboretum
Bill McDonald Pkwy at 25th Street, Bellingham, WA
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Ranked #17 of 26 Attractions in Bellingham
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Washington State
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Hidden smack in the middle of town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

A great place to walk, run on forested trails right in the middle of town. You may see owls, ravens, pileated wood peckers and more. This is probably the most underutilized green space in town. We are very lucky to have it

Visited August 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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“Seriously overrated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

If you like walking in the deep gloom of an unbroken Douglas fir forest, you will love this "arboretum."

Just keep in mind that it is not an arboretum in the sense conventionally used elsewhere. This is just native monoculture Douglas fir forest, not a variety of trees from around the world. It is not even a climax forest, which would be a lot more diverse.

Also, do not expect to see much in the way of birds or other wildlife here. They do not like monocultures. For wildlife observation try the excellent Whatcom Falls and Lake Padden city parks.

In principle, you can get a commanding view from the observation tower atop the hill, but when I visited, the forest had grown to the point that the view no longer existed. What a disappointment. However, the city does have plans for a partial culling that would at least partially restore the view.

Visited October 2012
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great Hiking Area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Great for short hardy hikes to stay in shape. While the views aren't the best because of so many amazing trees, the area is just beautiful. You climb a little which is great for the legs and lungs but nothing is particularly difficult. Nice area.

Visited September 2013
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Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC
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“First time find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We saw this on a Bellingham map in the motel room, and visited before we left town. Really nice walking trails, well marked and some interesting plaques along the way; good views from some spots.

Visited September 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Nice Views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Arboretum does provide a wonderful view of Bellingham. It is a bit run down and can be occupied by WWU students drinking/smoking sometimes - but is worth it if you can get there when it is clear of students!

Visited August 2013
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