Hovander Homestead & Tennant Lake Parks

Two historic parks located in Ferndale just north of Bellingham. Joining these two park together are 4 miles of easy trails with a highest point of 25 ft. Explore an area rich with wildlife and history.

getting there


Take Exit 262 off of I-5 in Ferndale and drive west 0.5 mile on Main St. Turn left onto Hovander Rd, and turn right onto Nielsen Ave in 0.1 mile. Drive 0.7 mile, turn right onto River Lea Rd, and drive 0.6 mile to the Hovander Homestead parking lot and trailhead (35 ft).


Whatcom County Transit 27 stops at Main St near the north end of Hovander Park.

on the trail

Walk through Hovander Homestead Park and visit historical Hovander house with antique harvesting equipment and a wooden barn that was once the biggest in the country. Tennant Lake Park has wetlands, fields, and various species of birds.  The 50ft cbservation tower provides an unobstructed view of Tennant Lake and the surrounding wetlands. The Interpretive Center has mounted wildlife, displays, and interpretive maps of the Tennant Lake flora and fauna. Adjacent to the interpretive center is the award-winning Fragrance Garden. Visitors are encouraged to touch, smell, and enjoy the beauty of over 200 plants. 

land manager

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Urban Adventure, Naturalist
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 20 ft
  • 25 ft
5299 Nielsen Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248
  • see Land Manager
Trip Reports

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  • Nooksack River Trail
  • Hovander River Walk
  • Hovander-Tennat Trail
  • Tennant Lake Boardwalk Trail
  • Hovander Homestead Park
  • Tennant Lake Park

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