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Nakashima Heritage Barn North Trailhead

Subfacility of Centennial Trail

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The equestrian parking lot at the Centennial North Trailhead (Nakashima Barn) is closed to the public while it is being used as a staging area for a WSDOT project.  The project is the installation of a fish passage culvert, across Highway 9, which is expected to be completed by the end of September.  The equestrian lot may open sooner should an alternate staging area be established. We are working to accommodate trailers in the adjacent lot open during construction. Park access from the North to the site is open.


The best road closure information can be found on the WSDOT website. “Crews will fully close SR 9 between Skagit and Snohomish counties on Monday, Sept. 13 at 6 a.m. through Saturday, Sept. 18 at 6 a.m.”

The Nakashima barn/North Trailhead anchors the north end of the Centennial Trail in Snohomish County. The historic red barn still stands at the trailhead park (which, for the record has bathrooms) and a “History Quilt” with photos of the land in its various uses through the years from forest to mill site to farm.


The trailhead was dedicated in November 2012 to the hard working Nakashima family who once owned the land. The barn, which was built circa 1908, is listed on the Washington State Heritage Barn Registry.

In conjunction with the trailhead opening, the Snohomish County Arts Commission, through the 1% for the arts program, commissioned the installation of several large historical photos on the exterior of the barn. 


Several county departments and agencies are working collaboratively to develop a restoration plan for the barn, incorporating general community uses, historical displays, and recreation/interpretive programming space. Since time and resources are needed to make such improvements, Snohomish County is searching for grants and/or funding sources. Professionals are welcome to donate time to perform structural analysis and propose design improvements.