Building Centennial Trail

The trail project was first conceived in 1982, as part of the national Rails to Trails Program “a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines…to build healthier places for healthier people.”

Development began in 1989 during Washington State's Centennial. The Snohomish County Centennial Trail runs the length of the County along the historic route that once connected Seattle and Canada. The Centennial Trail represents over 20 years of dedicated efforts from community members, trail enthusiasts and the Snohomish County Parks Department.

From Rail… to Trail

  • A historic photo of the train trestle over the Stillaguamish River in Arlington

    A historic photo of the train trestle over the Stillaguamish River in Arlington

  • Today, the train trestle is now a part of the Centennial Trail

    Today, the train trestle is now a part of the Centennial Trail

  • Cyclists along the Centennial Trail; photo by Teresa Stern

    Cyclists along the Centennial Trail; photo by Teresa Stern

  • Typical Snohomish County farm nestled along the trail.

    Typical Snohomish County farm nestled along the trail.

  • Many beautiful birch trees align the trail

    Many beautiful birch trees align the trail

  • Healthy family fun on the Centennial Trail

    Healthy family fun on the Centennial Trail