Hovander Homestead Park

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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.

Accessible sidewalks provide access to the historic Hovander House, playground, restroom, Group Picnic Shelter, and the Hovander River Trail.

Hovander River Trail

This 1.9 mile trail segment extends from the northern parking area near the boat launch to the southern boundary of the park near Slater Road. This easy trail for walkers and bicyclists follows the Nooksack River as it curves around the Hovander Homestead site.

A Washington State Discover Pass is required to park at the boat launch parking lot.

2020 reservations are open! 

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Hovander Homestead Park



Located at:

5299 Nielsen Road
Ferndale, WA

Regional Parks Supervisor:

Jill Jacoby
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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.