Hovander Homestead Park

Hovander Homestead Park Open

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation opened Hovander Homestead Park this morning, Monday, November 27th. For more information contact our office at 360.778.5850. 

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Hovander Homestead Park



Located at:

5299 Nielsen Road
Ferndale, WA

Regional Parks Supervisor:

Hovander Homestead Park preserves the rich history of pioneer farming and offers recreational opportunities for all ages in every season.  The park encompasses nearly 350 acres, including over a mile of river frontage. 
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  1. Barn / Farmyard Animals
  2. Fragrance Garden
  3. Historical Tours
  4. Master Gardeners
  5. Picnic Areas / Shelter
  6. Playground
  7. Tennant Lake
  8. Trails
  9. Fees
  10. Rules
Hovander Homestead Park Barn     Hovander Homestead Park Cows     Hovander Homestead Park Barnyard Area     Hovander Homestead Park Barnyard Goats     Hovander Homestead Park Sheep
In and around the barn and farmyard is a collection of antique farm implements and old harvesting equipment. Within the massive barn is a milking parlor display adorned with some of the antique tools and equipment used at the time the Hovanders worked the farm. From May through October Hovander hosts a variety of farm animals that become part of the authentic sights, sounds and smells of a farm.

Park Improvements

  • In the winter of 2015 several new accessible sidewalks were installed at Hovander Homestead Park.  The new sidewalks provide access to the Hovander House, playground, restroom, Group Picnic Shelter and the Hovander River Trail.
  • The new Hovander River Trail Segment offers river views from the northern parking area near the boat launch to the southern end of the park near Slater Road. The trail was completed in 2014 and accommodates walkers and bicyclists.
  • Hovander Homestead Park's new playground was completed in 2012. Located adjacent to the animal contact area east of the barnyard. In keeping with its location the new playground equipment has a farm style and is a big hit with kids and parents alike.