Larrabee State Park – Bellingham, WA
Larrabee State Park is located down a narrow, winding (although paved) road. The camping area is difficult to find if you are traveling south. I drove into the first entrance I saw that was marked “State Park.” This entrance was only for the boat launch. The entrance to the camping area is another mile south down the road. Now I know why Mapquest.com showed two separate locations for this park!
The RV slots, which are designated with a “T,” are both back-in and pull through. The back-in spots are paved, the pull-through’s are gravel/grass. The electricity is 30 amp. The good news is, all of the RV sites have a sewer dump. The bad news is, none of slots are level. The utility sites (some of which will accommodate larger RV’s) all have a picnic table and fire pit, but are pretty close together. Hope you have a decent neighbor (when it’s crowded)! Most of the Standard (tent) camping is closed in winter. The Standard camping sites are quite spacious, except for the ones closest to the RV (utility) sites. Those are adequate, but not as spacious as the other sites. I came here on a rainy Friday just before Veteran’s Day and there were only a few campers here. The camp host slot was vacant, and blocked off to prevent use.
There are hiking trails; and mountain biking is allowed here, along with horse riding. The one downer for this park is train noise all night.
I’m sure this park has good things to offer, but I didn’t like the location, and I was soured on the lack of differentiation on the entrances. It would have been nice if the two separate entrances were clearly marked “State Park – boat launch only” and “State Park – camping only.”