What: This is the third 1.5-mile section of the Centennial Trail, which runs from Snohomish to Arlington on an old railroad grade. Eventually the trail will extend north to Skagit County.
Where: Turn off south Machias Road onto Division Street. The trailhead is two blocks west. Begin at the Machias trailhead and walk south.
Why: A former train station, the Machias trailhead offers visitors a small park, bike and inline skate rentals, and refreshments, as well as picnic tables under a covered shelter, souvenirs and restrooms. On a sunny day, the beautiful snow-capped Cascade Mountains greet visitors. This stretch of the Centennial Trail is a quick and relatively easy way to escape the urban rat race. Nestled between pastures and farmhouses, the landscape offers wetlands with plenty of whistling songbirds, majestic old oak trees and fruit trees and lots of green trees and berry bushes.
Tune in next week for the next section of the Centennial Trail. For a detailed map, visit www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/departments/parks.