It's not very often that you can find an area that is still purely suburban and this close to nature while still having access to amenities. You will find almost no amenities for your pup in walking distance of Whatcom Falls and you'll likely need to take your car for everything your dog needs, but they won’t mind! The multitude of trails and beautiful places to stop along with a dog park will more than make up for the lack of pet stores and other businesses. There is also a vet at the northeast corner of the neighborhood, so you won’t have far to go if your pet has an emergency.
Weather in Bellingham is overall mild. In the winter, Bellingham may get a few colder temperatures than the rest of Western Washington thanks to the Fraser River Valley. In the summer, it seldom gets above 90. The biggest obstacle can be the rain which is sometimes heavy.
Whatcom Falls has a fair amount of hills which can make walking a bit challenging. That should not stop beginners from walking in this area, however! Some of the areas are not as hilly as others, so choosing a specific direction depending on how challenging you want your walk to be can help you adapt to the terrain that is best for you and your pup. Keep in mind that dogs that are overweight, elderly, have arthritis, or other conditions may not do well with a lot of hills, so plan your walk out ahead of time.
The area does have sidewalks but not a lot of grass to explore. Most of the grass in the neighborhood areas is on private property and many people prefer you to keep your dog off their lawns. Fortunately, Whatcom Falls is blessed with a lot of spaces where your dog can enjoy the terrain and none are very far away.
Those who live in Whatcom Falls are fortunate to have access to the beautiful Whatcom Falls Park. At 241 acres, one could get lost in the amazing visuals this park has to offer. Why walk on concrete when you have 5.5 miles of trails to walk on? Dogs have a special area of their own across the bridge to the north of the creek where they are allowed to be off-leash. The park is strict about cleaning up after yourself and insists that you keep the necessary tools for doing so on your person at all times. You can take your dog on the rest of the trails, but they must be on a leash if they are not in the designated dog area.
One of the trails leads up to Bloedel Donovan Park on Lake Whatcom. While not in the Whatcom Falls neighborhood, it is very close and it too has an off-leash dog area.