The Spokane River Centennial Trail runs through eastern Washington, and will take you and Fido along 37 miles of the Spokane River, from the 14,000 acre Riverside State Park, which lies just west of Spokane, to the Idaho border. This pawtastic trail consists of a mixture of old railroad routes, former timber tracks and converted roads, with plenty to see along the way.
The terrain that you will pass through here is quite diverse, with everything from high desert pine forests and basalt canyons to densely populated towns and cultural landmarks. You and Fido will also encounter 40 historical sites on your journey, such as the Horse Slaughter Camp Monument that dates back to 1858, and the Great Northern Railroad depot clock tower, from 1902.
The trail is paved the entire way, and is open to pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles. While sections of the trail near urban centers can get quite busy, the more isolated portions of the trail are beautifully tranquil, allowing you and Fido to have the scenery all to yourselves. Since the trail runs along the Spokane River, there are plenty of shady trees that line the path, along with native greenery. For even more nature, Riverside State Park, which lies at the Spokane end of the trail, is also worth exploring, but keep in mind that you will need to purchase a Washington State Discover Pass when entering the park.
There are numerous access points and parking areas dotted along the whole trail, making it easy for you and your pooch to walk shorter segments of the trail. On the other hand, if you would like an even longer walk, the Spokane River Centennial Trail connects up with the North Idaho Centennial Trail at the Idaho border, which stretches on for another 24 miles.
If you and your pooch enjoy walks that combine the spectacular beauty of untouched nature with fascinating historic and cultural sites, then the Spokane River Centennial Trail will definitely not disappoint.