Start your day off with a leisurely stroll through Country Charm Park and Conservation Area. Here you will find plenty of room to roam through fields and along the cool Stillaguamish River. This natural wonderland is only a few blocks away from downtown, but you wouldn’t think so while enjoying this beautiful setting. On a warm day, take a dip in the river.
After Country Charm stop by the Fountain Drive In for an ice cream cone, then head to Haller Park is the perfect park for kids; in addition to the playground, there’s also a fun splash park, and plenty of room to play. It’s also quite easy to get to the Centennial Trail from here, you can view the trail’s bridge crossing the Stillaguamish River from the park.
If you have any energy left, take a bike (or rollerblades/longboard) on the Centennial Trail. Head north to Bryant along this rural trail, this is 7.8 miles round trip. Head back to the historic downtown Arlington where you can get a fantastic hometown meal after all that exercise.
Day two starts further up the valley, at Fortson Mill Park. The park is a favorite among Arlington/Darrington locals. There is a large parking lot. Here you can discover remnants of the cedar mill, now interestingly done up with graffiti art. You will discover the Fortson Mill Pond, and wildlife and the Stillaguamish River nearby. Watch for deer, native birds- even Eagles!
This park is also a trailhead for the Whitehorse Trail. It is a 12-mile walk (on-paved) to Darrington. If you decide to go the distance, you should head to downtown Darrington and get some coffee and delicious food at Darrington Moes.
The final day of your outdoor adventure brings you to Happy Hollow Farm. The family farm welcomes visitors throughout the season. The farm provides the perfect opportunity for breathtaking photos near fields of flowers, which should be posted directly to your Instagram account (don’t forget to tag us and use #shoplocalarlington).
After a great day, head back to Arlington and get some wood-fired pizza at a local favorite, Elemental Cider. With a hometown atmosphere and plenty of delicious wood-fired pizza and fresh salads, there’s arguably no better restaurant in Arlington to celebrate your outdoor adventure.