HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR

Rail Trail Walking Guides - Fairhaven to Bellingham

For over 100 years, the railroads have played a key role in the development of industry and jobs in Bellingham, especially the waterfront along Bellingham Bay. This Rail Trail Walking Guide gives you detailed information about thirty-five signs posted along a 3.5 mile trail. The guide is broken down into three sections, beginning at the Amtrak Station in Fairhaven, it then connects to the South Bay Trail and continues into downtown Bellingham on Railroad Avenue. The entire route is wheelchair accessible.

So enjoy your walk or break it up into several walks along Bellingham’s wonderful South Bay Trail and take a trip back in time to learn how important the area and the railroads were to the history of Bellingham.

Guides are available at the following locations:


  • Bellingham Railway Museum - 1320 Commercial Street, Bellingham
  • Coffee Junction - 401 Harris Avenue, in the Amtrak Station, Fairhaven
  • Village Books - 1200 11th Street, Fairhaven
  • Visitors Center - 904 Potter Street, Bellingham
  • Whatcom Museum Store - 250 Flora Street, Bellingham

  • Overview Map    Section 1 Map    Section 2 Map    Sample Page from Book   

    The Rail Trail Walking Guide was created by the Bellingham Railway Museum and funded through a grant from The Whatcom Community Foundation and local sponsors listed below. Proceeds from the sale of these guides will be used to print future editions of the Rail Trail Guide and support the Bellingham Railway Museum, a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

    Much of the information in this walking guide comes from the excellent book, Boulevard Park & Taylor Avenue Dock by Brian L. Griffin. We highly recommend you purchase this book for a wonderful history of this area.

    A big thanks to our sponsors: Coffee Junction, CSC Construction Supply Company, Village Books, Whatcom Community Foundation, Woods Coffee,