On Friday, August 25, 2017 South Fork Park opened to the public. The opening followed several months of construction that began in 2016. South Fork Park features an asphalt parking area for hikers and bicyclists, an equestrian gravel parking area, a vault restroom, and trails.
Visitors can travel down the short forested trail to an open, active agricultural field with panoramic South Fork Valley views. Take some time to explore the riverside where Whatcom County, Whatcom Land Trust and the Lummi Nation have been working to enhance wildlife habitat building in-stream structures and replanting native vegetation in the reparian area. The river is home to steelhead, bull trout and salmon.
Future plans for South Fork Park include building a connecting trail to the Overby Farm and Nesset Farm and homestead.
|Planning efforts for South Fork Park began in 2007. The main objects since the 1960's was to provide a regional park near the town of Acme that would provide shoreline access, open space, trails, protection of wildlife habitat and education and interpretation of natural and cultural history. The Department held multiple public planning sessions beginning in 2007 to gather ideas and input from the public. The site consists of 3 separate parcels totaling 603 acres which include the Galbraith Farm, Overby Farm, and Nesset Farm and homestead. All 3 parcels border the South Fork of the Nooksack River. In addition the Department has requested reconveyance of 287 acres from the Department of Natural Resources to connect the parcels and surrounding recreational lands.
The Whatcom County Library Systems received a donation to digitize the historic Nesset Family Farm photo collection
view the collection here