Start your journey at the Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail. Located in Spokane Valley, Washington, this 40-mile asphalt-paved and ADA-friendly trail is home to abundant wildlife and is one of the most visited trails for tourists and Washington natives alike. This National Recreation Trail offers recreation activities like canoeing, kayaking, and rafting in the Spokane river for water lovers. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy bird watching, bike riding, hiking and even horseback riding in some areas.
The Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail follows directly beside the Spokane River. Following the trail will take you from eastern Washington to Idaho, and then a little beyond the Idaho state border into Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visitors can enjoy the sights of the dense vegetation in Spokane, including high desert ponderosa forests, Rhododendron flowers, pink flowering currant and much more. The trail also leads into Washington state cultural heritage sites. Visitors can use the trail for all-day bike rides, walking, and commuting in its urban section, stretching from mile 13.5 to mile 27.
This paved trail is easy for friends and family to explore and a modern luxury to those looking for adventure while also having fun. For science enthusiasts, although the trail is named “centennial,” its Deep Creek Canyon is home to fossil beds around 11,000 years old!
Deep Creek Canyon is just one of the many trailheads and access points visitors can use to break off the main trail and choose to hike or bike through. For horse lovers, the Riverside State Park section of the trail offers equestrian paths and camping opportunities. This section of the park located at mile 31 of Centennial Trail also has 16 standard campsites and 16 partial-hookup sites with electricity and water available.
From camping to bike riding, hiking, fishing, and more, the possibilities for exploration on this 40-mile long trail are virtually endless. If you’re more interested in exploring Spokane itself, don’t worry — this trail also winds through downtown Spokane where visitors can stop by for a quick lunch.