At the southern edge of Bellingham, the South Neighborhood is home to over 1,500 Bellingham residents. There are large areas of undeveloped property with significant natural features that help define the character of the neighborhood. The northern end of the Chuckanut Mountains are here rising out of Chuckanut Creek.
Chuckanut Bay is another significant area within the neighborhood. It is an historic site as well as a unique natural recreational resource. Hoag’s Pond, Chuckanut Creek, and the marsh area along the interurban right-of-way are all part of this neighooorhood. Chuckanut Village perhaps epitomizes the historical character of the area with the image of a small, secluded Puget Sound fishing village. Fairhaven Park is a city park within the South Neighborhood which is widely used by the residents of this and adjacent neighborhoods, as well as by citizens throughout Bellingham. The 17-acre park is located on Padden Creek.
Arroyo Park is another natural area city park located along Chuckanut Creek in the southern portion of the South Neighborhood. This 67 acre park is a steep ravine on either side of Chuckanut Creek. The Interurban Trail is a well used greenway and trail corridor that runs 7 miles from Fairhaven to Larrabee State Park, from this trail one can get to trails leading to Fragrance Lake, Lost Lake, & Teddy Bear Cove.
The South Neighborhood borders Edgemore to its west and Fairhaven just north, convenient for shopping, restaurants and other activities in the Fairhaven historic district.