The Tommy Thompson Trail follows an abandoned corridor of the old Burlington Northern Railway and is named for a man who ran a narrow-gauge railway along the Fidalgo Island shore. Parts of the track is still visible in places (northern section of the north trailhead).
Begin the trail at the port in Anacortes, heading through a business district and industrial area. After passing through the urban landscape you are rewarded with more a pristine view of Mount Baker rising over Fidalgo Bay. The trail's highlight is the railway trestle, nearly 0.5 miles long, across the bay to March Point. Watch for seabirds in the bay along this popular trail.
Parking and Trail Access
Park in Anacortes near the port at Q Avenue and 11th Street. Some parking is available off R Avenue just north of 22nd Street. You can also park at Fidalgo Bay Resort RV park off Weaverling Road.
Tommy Thompson Trestle Repaired and Re-opened in May 2010
The most important thing to know about the trail is that the trestle has been repaired through a huge community fund-raising and volunteer effort. Here is a link to the official announcement.
UPDATE - Fire on the Tommy Thompson Trestle
I just learned of this when contacted for the use of my pix in a fund raising effort. We have been in Winter Quarters since October. This information is on line and the link is below.
From the Anacortes American of October 16, 2009....
The Tommy Tompson - a nice local ride
The TTT is a nice local ride. Folks will not travel hundreds of miles to ride it - as I did the Bizz, Row River and Banks-Vernonia, but it's a fun ride after dinner. However, the trail bed is 8' of smooth blacktop and there is a lot of scenery ...