Centennial Trail Bike Ride!

The nice weather of summer/fall seems to be coming to an end, but there are plenty of outdoor things to do in late fall/winter! We recently biked a good chunk of the Centennial Trail in Snohomish County.

North Trailhead (do not recommend that port-a-potty though!)

It is a little bit of a drive to get there (about an hour from Bellingham), but it is a 30-mile (one way), completely paved and off the road biking trail! It is perfect for kids! Our kids are not very confident on bikes yet so Seth still tows them in our bike trailer (close to 100 pounds!)

We biked from the Nakashima Heritage Barn to Arlington and back to the Nakashima Barn/North trailhead for a total of about 18 miles round-trip. The trail goes right by Twin Rivers Park in Arlington which is a great stop if it isn’t too busy. There is a big playground there with an awesome splash pad open during the summer.

To get to the park entrance, take exit 208 for SR 530 toward Arlington. After 3.7 miles, turn left on to SR 9 (this is an easy turn to miss on your way home). After 7.7 miles the trail head is on the left!

The whole path is so peaceful and beautiful. It would be great for walking a dog or running too if you were not wanting to go as far.

With so many things likely being closed down this winter, hopefully this gives you another idea for getting outside!

My parents came along too!

We have been wearing neck gaiters while biking because they are easier than a mask to take on and off quickly when passing others!


  1. Randomnestfamily · October 26, 2020

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures, makes me feel like I was apart of the whole experience! You guys are subject to some really beautiful places out in Washington. I thought this is a beautiful place. Most of our exploring areas have been burned out here in California. The other areas can be dangerous because of different animal spotting. Nakashima Heritage Barn, looked so peaceful, biking or walking. Your pictures really made them come alive. A visit for us is 21hrs and 54min, I looked it up! LOL, but so beautiful! Glad to see your happy blessed family. God bless you guys!


    • karalswanson · October 26, 2020

      Thank you! It is so sad that so much of California has had fires 😦 There are so many beautiful places to visit in Washington if you ever come for a vacation!


  2. Peggy A Weber · November 1, 2020

    WOW! What a great biking experience!

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