Hike to these Stunning Waterfalls in Washington

Whatcom Falls State Park is where you'll find some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Washington State

There are over 3,000 waterfalls in Washington State, and 250 have been recorded in the Northern Cascades, Whatcom County, and the Bellingham area. Picture the emerald green forests and wooded trails, and around a bend, you’ll hear the cascade of water—a crisp spray on a summer’s day. While discovering many of these involves intense hiking and skill, a handful of stunning falls are easily reached with minimal effort.

One of these places, in particular, is Whatcom Falls State Park. It is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Washington State. It is easily accessible, as it is minutes from downtown Bellingham and has plenty of parking and accessible trails. Head here for pretty wooded trails with mossy trees, magical bridges spanning misty streams, and a popular summertime swimming hole at Whirlpool Falls.

If you’re a nature enthusiast, avid hiker, or someone who just loves a waterfall, this area is the perfect place to plan your next escape. Allow our welcoming and warm Bellingham bed and breakfast to be your base camp. With two B&B suites, a multi-room cottage, or a glamping tent, we have a lovely selection of lodging options to fit your needs. Our beautiful mini-resort also has an indoor pool, the perfect place to relax after chasing waterfalls in Washington on your next visit. Make a reservation at Sundara West Bed and Breakfast today!

Whatcom Falls State Park is where you'll find some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Washington State

Beautiful Waterfalls in Washington: Explore Whatcom Falls State Park & More

For those new to the Northwest, traveling here from afar or joining us again, there’s nothing more beautiful than discovering the cascading waterfalls in Washington. If you’re looking for those reached without too much effort, this is the right list. These waterfalls will highlight your outdoor adventures in Whatcom County and beyond.

Here are five places where the Washington waterfalls are within easy reach:

  1. Whatcom Falls State Park: This state park is one of the absolute best and easiest places to see beautiful waterfalls in Washington, mainly because it is so close to downtown Bellingham. In addition to the five miles of trails that weave around the falls, there are picnic areas, playgrounds, and swimming holes.
  2. Arroyo Park: North of Teddy Bear Cove and Larrabee State Park, this nature reserve is home to Chuckanut Falls. The trails lead into Chuckanut Mountain, where trails access old forests, lakes, streams, and waterfalls and have great views of Mount Baker, Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Peninsula.
  3. Lookout Mountain Preserve: Accessed by a trailhead adjacent to Sudden Valley, Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve spans 4,430 acres on the west side of Lake Whatcom. The Rufus Creek Trail climbs gently for 4.3 miles, and you’ll find a short loop trail where you can see two 12-foot falls on Austin Creek.
  4. Racehorse Falls: One of the most impressive waterfalls at 139 feet high, dropping four tiers, Racehorse Falls is reached two ways. Depending on your skill level, there’s a family-friendly option or a more challenging trek. And don’t miss the fascinating collection of plant fossils—rocks with imprints of Northwest flora.
  5. Nooksack Falls: Head out on Mount Baker Highway to see this beautiful two-pronged mountain waterfall. There’s a viewing area easily reached by a short trail from the parking area, making it easy to pop out of your car and fairly up close!

Whatcom Falls State Park is where you'll find some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Washington State, stay at our Bellingham bed and breakfast this summer

The Best Bellingham Bed and Breakfast for Summer Lodging

A stay at Sundara West Bed and Breakfast promises a delightful experience marked by luxurious accommodations and a welcoming atmosphere. Guests can enjoy the elegantly appointed rooms, each thoughtfully designed to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation. The property features an indoor heated swimming pool that is open year-round and a playground complete with a fire pit and picnic area, making it ideal for couples and families.

In the mornings, our B&B guests are treated to breakfast crafted from fresh, local ingredients, setting the perfect tone for the day ahead. Our prime location, just outside Bellingham, offers easy access to the most beautiful waterfalls in Washington and outdoor adventures, with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest nearby, providing ample opportunities for hiking, birding, and kayaking. The inn serves as an excellent base for exploring the natural beauty of the area! You’ll love returning after a long day outdoors.

The warm hospitality and attention to detail at our Bellingham bed and breakfast always stand out! Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or a fun family outing, our mini-resort offers comfort, luxury, and convenient access to local attractions, making it one of the best places to stay in the Northwest. Join us off the beaten path and book your lodging today!