Thompson Trail Development

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

This project will convert the former Burlington-Northern Railroad corridor, purchased in 1998 and now owned in fee by the City of Anacortes, to a 2-3/4 mile ADA accessible pedestrian/bike trail. The project will create a level waterfront trail that will provide a means for recreational and commuter pedestrians/cyclists to enjoy the flora and fauna along the shore of Fidalgo Bay. It will also serve as an alternate route to SR20 (spur) for cyclists traveling from the March’s Point Park-n-Ride to the San Juan/Sidney, BC Ferry in western Anacortes. This project is an extension of the first trail segment from 11th to 22nd Street that was completed in the spring of 2000. The trestle that spans Fidalgo Bay and will provide an opportunity for the public to view and enjoy the tidelands that were recently acquired by the State Department of Natural Resources. Although the City of Anacortes enjoys over 134 miles of trails within the parks and forestlands, there are no waterfront trails and no ADA accessible trails. The Thompson Trail will meet these needs, as well as provide recreational, educational and transportation opportunities for many segments of the population.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Anacortes Parks & Rec Dept Category: Trails WWRP Grant: 406950 Applicant Match: 406950 Project Type: Development County: Skagit Legislative District: 40 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 00-1548

Location Details

From I-5, travel west from Burlington on SR 20. After approximately 10.6 miles, you will be approaching Fidalgo Bay. The eastern end of the trestle that spans Fidalgo Bay is the eastern end of the Thompson Trail (you may wish to turn right onto March's Point Road at the signal to visit this terminus). In approximately one mile, turn off SR20 onto Fidalgo Bay Road, which parrellels the Trail (you may access the site as it traverses the RV Park). Continue on Fidalgo Bay Road into Anacortes, where the Trail runs to 22nd Street & R-Avenue.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.