The Spokane River Centennial Trail is a 37-mile paved trail in Eastern Washington that can be used for a variety of forms of transportation and leisure. Washington State Parks manages the Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail, which is also known as the Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail.
From Sontag Park at Nine Mile Falls, Washington, to the Washington/Idaho state line and beyond, the trail runs. The trail passes through the cities of Spokane, Washington, Spokane Valley, Washington, Liberty Lake, Washington, and the unincorporated community of Spokane Bridge before crossing the Interstate 90 Spokane River Bridge and continuing through Washington for approximately 2,000 feet before meeting up with the North Idaho Centennial Trail at the Washington–Idaho border.
The trail is divided into three sections: Riverside, which runs through Riverside State Park, Urban, which runs through Spokane’s downtown area, and Valley, which travels east of Spokane’s downtown region (almost all of which lies in Spokane, hence the name). After reaching the Idaho border, the trail becomes the North Idaho Centennial Trail for the rest of its journey.
The Centennial Trail, also known as the Spokane River Centennial National Recreational Trail, was first established in 1989 to coincide with Washington’s 100th anniversary celebrations, and it was officially dedicated in 1990. It has now grown into a nationally recognized monument and a popular recreation destination in the Spokane area.
The paved route, which starts at downtown Riverfront Park and runs for 37 miles in each direction, is open to all modes of transportation except motorized transit. Whatever mode of transportation you select, whether it’s jogging shoes, bicycles, or roller skis, you’ll be sure to get a good dose of Eastern Washington landscape.
Proponents proposed a mixed-use pathway along the river to connect the city and the park following Expo ’74. By 1986, individuals in Washington and Idaho had banded together and proposed a significantly longer route that could be completed in time to honor Washington’s (1989) and Idaho’s (1991) state centennials in the same year (1990). In 2010, the trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail.
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