We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“a walk in nature in the city” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sehome Hill Arboretum

Sehome Hill Arboretum
Bill McDonald Pkwy at 25th Street, Bellingham, WA
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #20 of 33 Attractions in Bellingham
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Attraction details
Bellingham, Washington
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“a walk in nature in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

One thing that is lovely about Bellingham is that there are so many trails and walks in wooded areas without having to leave the city. The arboretum offers a variety of trails that snake all around the mountain and the backside of Western Washington's campus. There is also a small lookout tower that offers a view of the bay on a clear day at the top. You can drive almost to the top and park at the parking lot or park at the bottom and hike all the trails. Another great place to take dogs and many of the trails here are off leash (any unpaved trails) and a wonderful way to get from campus to the surrounding areas too. Highly recommended.

Visited October 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

22 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    6
    11
    4
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Washington State
Contributor
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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bellingham, Washington
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
21 helpful votes 21 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Sehome Hill Arboretum also viewed

 

Been to Sehome Hill Arboretum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sehome Hill Arboretum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.