The Washburn Lakeshore Parkway and Walking Trail is a 1.34-mile long non-motorized, moderate hiking trail with a packed limestone surface. The parkway weaves among the beaches and bluffs of the lakefront. The trail extends from Thompson West End Park, winding its way through the Washburn Marina, past the ball park on Pumphouse Road and finally through to Memorial Park. The first section of the trail is wheelchair accessible up to Washington Avenue with entrances at both ends. Besides the three alluring, sandy beaches along the way, there are also interesting signs with historical information.
Visitors to the trail will be taken on a trip into Washburn’s past with numerous informational signs describing the community’s former waterfront industries and activities. Access to the trail may be obtained and parking available at the trail ends along 6th Avenue West, the foot of Washington Avenue, Marina Drive and Central Avenue.