Friends of Fortson

Working To Preserve and Enhance
the Fortson Mill Pond Area

Friends of Fortson is a group of concerned folks who have come together to help preserve and protect the historic Fortson Mill Pond area as well as help create a safer environment for those who visit. The mill is long gone except for a few remaining remnants and the ponds have mostly returned to the wilds. Folks now come to fish, or birdwatch, or enjoy the old rail grade as Fortson is also a trailhead for the Whitehorse Trail. The trail travels the old rail grade that follows the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and connects Darrington to Arlington.

The area is of mixed ownership and includes Snohomish County Parks, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Friends of Fortson works in partnership with these government entities as well as and other community organizations. We are currently in the very preliminary stages of helping create a small network of hiking trails and other recreational improvements in the area.

Our most recent event was an Earth Day Clean Up. We hope to make this an annual event! Check back for progress on our projects or ways that you can join in on a work party or lend support.

For more history on Fortson itself, visit The Discover Darrington Website.

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