The Coast Millennium Trail (CMT) is a concept plan for a destination off-road, shared use path connecting communities from Skagit County to British Columbia, and beyond. When funded and built, the Coast Millennium Trail will access three state parks, dozens of city and county parks, and scenic natural areas. Several communities in Whatcom County constructed segments of the trail between 1999 and 2007, and by 2009, approximately 15 miles of the trail along the CMT route were open and being used for recreational touring as well as work trips and errands.
In Whatcom County, the proposed trail alignment features the coastline of Whatcom County for a distance of about 50 miles. The CMT route may evolve as funding is allocated by communities to build more trail segments, and alternate trail “braids” may feature different scenery or facilities. Bellingham’s Taylor Street Dock is a featured section of the CMT, as is Ferndale’s Riverfront Plaza, which showcases the Nooksack River.
Long-range plans in Birch Bay propose a shoreline walking trail that connects to a scenic overlook at the north end of the Bay leading to the Semiahmoo Parkway trail. The City of Blaine’s downtown waterfront boardwalk and the planned Drayton Harbor scenic loop will lead to a trail crossing at the U.S.-Canada border via Peace Arch State Park.
Whatcm County Public Works started pedestrian and bike safety improvements of the waterside shoulder of Birch Bay Drive from Deer Trail Road south thru the Cottonwood Beach beach accesses on Oct. 24, 2013 by trimming back the brambles and making a nice walking surface level with the road surface wherever possible.