Outdoor Activities

Looking for fun activities that get the entire family outside for the day? Kid insider is the only local resource for all family oriented outdoor activities in Skagit County.  From biking and hiking to visiting our local farms, you are bound to find something that will interest even the most tech-addicted kid!

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Cycling in Skagit County

There are many exciting cycling opportunities for families in the beautiful Skagit Valley. From flat, easy family rides to mountain biking adventures. We even have our own BMX course!

  • Bike Trails & Maps
  • BMX Biking
  • Mountain Biking

Boy Cycling with Dad on the Tommy Thompsen Trail
The Skagit County Bike Map is useful not only because it shows where the trails are, but also because it gives details on the type of trail (width of shoulder, paved, gravel, etc.). With this information, you can determine which trails are appropriate for your family's skill level.

TrailLink.com is the website for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which is "a non-profit dedicated to assisting local communities in converting unused railroad corridors into trails." There are three of these trails located in Skagit County. They are also listed on the Skagit County Bike Map. Click on the links below for more information:

     Cascade Trail, Sedro-Woolley to Concrete
     Kulshan Creek Trail, Mount Vernon
     Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes

Two Boys in BMX Race in Skagit County


Bakerview BMX - outdoor racing track in Mount Vernon

Northwest Indoor BMX Racing, Burlington


Skagit County offers many challenging rides for mountain biking enthusiasts.  You can view many of the available trails on the Skagit County Bike Map.

Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon has a fairly new system of trails. They begin at the entrance of the park and continue up to the top of Little Mountain. The Mount Vernon Trail Buiders recently launched a website detailing the park's trails for both bikers, hikers and runners at LittleMountainPark.org. More information including location and a topographic map of the park can be seen on the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance's websiteAnother map of Little Mountain is provided by the Mount Vernon Trail Project. It shows a nice aerial view of the park and trails.

The Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL) includes 2,800 acres of forests in the heart of the city. There are three main areas: Heart Lake, Whistle Lake and Cranberry Lake. The ACFL contains over 50 miles of multi-use trails.

Additional information on the ACFL trails can be found on the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance's website.

The Northern State Recreation Area in Sedro-Woolley is located 1/2 mile east of town, adjacent to the North Cascades Highway Northern State Recreational Area Sedro-Woolley(between Fruitdale Road and Helmick Road). We were unable to locate a trail map, but are posting a picture to give you an idea of what you will find.  Turn north on Helmick Rd. and you will find the parking lot for the recreation area on your left.