Pixie Falls – Bellingham, WA


Pixie Falls (aka, “Middle Whatcom Falls”) lies deep inside Whatcom Falls Park, a 241 acres community park located at 1401 Electric Avenue in the middle of Bellingham, Washington near the northwest shores of Lake Whatcom. The park has several miles of walking trails and four sets of waterfalls (Pixie Falls, among them). Whatcom Creek runs through the park from Lake Whatcom to Bellingham Bay.

On the underside of Pixie Falls, there is a narrow water-saturated cave that affords swimmers the opportunity to slither and climb through a tunnel to the top of the waterfall.

Whatcom Falls Park was established in 1908. Besides the roaring waterfalls generated by the waters from Whatcom Creek, the park facilities include picnic shelters, playgrounds, a multi-purpose field, a basketball court, tennis courts, barbecues, picnic tables, restrooms, trails, and a fish hatchery.

At the main entrance of the park, the Whatcom Falls Bridge, a stone bridge made of Chuckanut sandstone spans Whatcom Creek and affords a great view of the hearby waterfalls. The bridge was built in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration.

As visitors wander along dirt and gravel trails filled with trees, shrubbery, berries and flowers, they soon discover “The Whirpool,” where adventure seekers can leap from a  cliff into the waters below.

To access the picnic shelters, fish hatchery, lower playground, creek bridge and derby pond, use the entrance on Silver Beach Road off Lakeway Drive.

Note: In “Dark Waters,” one of The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries written by Ngaio Marsh, a war of words breaks out on the Scottish island of Portacarrick after a boy’s warts appear to be cured by the waters of Pixie Falls, a miraculous island spring inherited by octogenarian Emily Pride. Of course, murder ensues and Inspector Alleyn investigates the crime while Miss Elspeth, Emily’s rival wants to turn the spring into a health center to compete with Lourdes.

Whatcom Falls Park
Pixie Falls Cave Waterfall
1401 Electric Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225

Whatcom Falls Park (Website)
Whatcome Falls Park (Brochure)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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