Goshen was a pioneer town that experienced a minor boom when the rail lines were being run, and was a western stop on the Bellingham Bay and British Columbia Railroad line. The height of Goshen came when it was in the running to be the major depot along that rail line, and another that was being run from north to south through Washington. Tacoma won that test, even beating out Seattle. Goshen’s never quite regained that peak, but people still find their way to Goshen just the same.
Goshen today is rural farmland, broken by Anderson Creek running straight through the center of the town. While Goshen doesn’t have any vets directly within it, residents are a short commute from Lynden, where multiple animal hospitals are available to provide a whole host of veterinary services. Bellingham is also nearby, serving the dogs of the community with excellent healthcare.
If you’re looking to clear the city out of your lungs, Goshen is the perfect place to visit. This small residential center is full of green, and perfect for someone looking to get a feel for old time Washington and the charms it still has. Dogs are less interested in history, but they’ll be very interested in Goshen!
If you head west for 13 miles from Goshen, you will come to Ferndale, which is a puptown with lots of outdoor parks you can visit. To retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy some relaxing time with your pup, be sure to visit the Birch Bay State Park. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the sniff-tastic trails. You will need a one-day or Discover Pass to gain entrance here. For a pleasant stroll, check out Tenant Lake Park, with a loop trail around the lake or wander around Hovander Homestead Park to admire the beauty of nature.
Whatcom Falls Park is a must-visit for all the nature lovers out there, with 241 acres and several miles of sniff-tastic trails to explore with your pup. This is located 11 miles southwest of Goshen, only a short trip away in Bellingham. You can enjoy forest walks here, as well as admire several stunning waterfalls along the trail. In particular, the Waterline Trail is off-leash, where your furry friend can lead the way. If your dog likes to ruff it, then head to Northridge Park. This place has fun and short trails through the forest that are sure to keep your pup’s tail wagging!
Located 15 miles southwest of Goshen is the beautiful, Lake Padden Park in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Bellingham. This is a pawsome place for a day out, with sniff-tastic trails to explore and barbecue grills to enjoy a treat. There are parts of the park that your dog can be off-leash, if they have good recall. This includes lake access where your pooch can paddle. In particular, your pup will love to be top dog at the Lake Padden Dog Park. This area is fenced, which allows your dog is run around safely and roam free, while making some new furry friends along the way!