Sunnier skies and warmer temps mean spending more time outdoors enjoying the fresh air. Snohomish County is full of beautiful walking routes to mix up your daily routine. Strolling river walks is a perfect way to get some exercise, ease stress, and enjoy nature. Lace up your walking shoes and head over to one of Snohomish County’s riverways.

Lowell Riverfront Trail

This pretty three-mile out-and-back trail is for the whole family, including the four-legged ones. Begin your walk with a visit to the off-leash Lowell Riverfront Trail Dog Park. This park features nearly one acre of play space. With plenty of room to romp, this off-leash dog park is the largest in the Everett Park System. Dog owners love to relax and socialize at the picnic tables located in the park.

After playtime, enjoy a walk along the Snohomish River on the Lowell Riverfront Trail. This path is paved and perfect for strollers, bikes, or wheelchairs. Its peaceful atmosphere and accessibility make this riverwalk special for the whole family.

River Walking in Snohomish County
The Everett Rowing Association stores boats, called shells, at a Shellhouse located on the Langus River Front Park Trail. Photo credit: Julia Fiene Bowman

Langus Riverfront Park

Hugging the Snohomish River, Langus Riverfront Park in Everett has a little bit for everyone. This 4.5-mile out-and-back trail is perfect for walking, running, or biking. Paved and with a very gentle grade, it is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Begin at Langus Riverfront Park and follow the path through a section of the Spenser Island Wildlife Area. Deer, river otters, and waterfowl are just some of the animals you can enjoy seeing on the trail.

Also situated on this trail is the Everett Rowers Association Boathouse. Enjoy watching the rowers navigate the riverway at Landgus Riverfront Park on a sunny day.

River Walking in Snohomish County
Located in historic downtown Snohomish, the Snohomish River Front Trail is seeped in history. Photo credit: Julia Fiene Bowman

Snohomish Riverfront Trail

Short but sweet, the charming Snohomish Riverfront Trail hugs the Snohomish River. Access the path from Cady Landing or Kla Ha Ya Park in historic downtown Snohomish. Pedestrians can climb the staircase midway to grab a piece of pie at the Snohomish Pie Co. or enjoy the view from the charming gazebo on First Ave.

What this trail lacks in length, it makes up for in historical intrigue. Pause to read about the early days of Snohomish. After your stroll, make your way to historic downtown Snohomish. Explore the quaint antique shops and country boutiques. A trip to downtown Snohomish would not be complete without a stop in one of the many coffee shops, bakeries, or restaurants. Serving delicious bites and beautiful views, these local eateries will surely satisfy your post-walk cravings.

River Walking in Snohomish County
Nestled in the heart of Monroe, Al Borlin Park is a perfect getaway from the hustle of town. Photo credit: Julia Fiene Bowman

Al Borlin Loop

Located on a peninsula formed by the Skykomish River and Woods Creek, Al Borlin Park is Monroe’s largest park and one of its oldest. Al Borlin Park is a true gem in Monroe, with over 90 acres of natural beauty to explore. Enjoy this 1.8-mile out-and-back easy stroll that will take you passed intriguing old train tracks.

Take your shoes off and wade into the banks of the Skykomish River. When the weather allows, grab a picnic or your fishing rod and head to the sandbank located near the trail. Kids will love to seek out sunny spots and explore the riverbanks.

Lord Hill Regional Park

Lord Hill Regional Park boasts options for every type of walker. Serious hikers can wander all day through 1,300 acres of trails. Hiking trails snake through woods, quarries, ponds, lakes, and riverbanks. Those searching for less strenuous hiking options can choose from one of the many shorter trails located throughout the park.

For a beautiful walk along the Snohomish River, try the Snohomish River and Shadow Lake Trail. This 1.7-mile route will take you from the shores of Shadow Lake to the banks of the Snohomish River on a flat path.

River Walking in Snohomish County
Kids love playing on the wide riverbanks at River Meadows Park in Arlington. Photo credit: Julia Fiene Bowman

River Meadows Park

A calming stroll along the South Fork Stillaguamish River awaits you at River Meadows Park in Arlington. Enjoy spring wildflowers and wetland animals on this 1.8-mile out-and-back trail. Although this trail is not paved, it is a flat route and great for most ability levels. Enjoy river activities such as picnicking, fishing, and boating along this route. Kids will love to spend the day playing along the wide rocky riverbanks.

Perfect for large gatherings, River Meadows Park has plenty of room to run around in large meadows. Rent one of the three picnic shelters equipped with water and electricity for your party needs. Soak up river life and spend the weekend at the River Meadows Park Campground. Stay year-round in one of the six yurts located in the Yurt Village. Each yurt has electricity, heat, a fire pit and a private restroom with a shower. 

Sun has returned to the Pacific Northwest. Dust off a pair of walking shoes and head to one of Snohomish County’s river walks. Fresh air and rushing river water is the perfect way to wash away winter and welcome the sunnier season.

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