Centennial Trail State Park, sometimes referred to as the Spokane River Centennial Trail, follows the winding course of the Spokane River between the Washington–Idaho state line and Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls. At its eastern border, you can link to the Liberty Lake State Line Trail or the North Idaho Centennial Trail, heading east across the river.
The paved trail is not only multi-use, but it crosses a diverse terrain, from urban landscape to suburbs and neighborhood parks to more remote countryside. During spring some sections of the trail can flood. Visit Friends of the Centennial Trail for flood advisories as well as detailed maps, trail information and construction updates.
A section of trail that opened in 2013 runs through the new Kendall Yards development, which occupies the site of a former rail yard in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane. Stunning views of the Spokane River from the trail quickly made this section a favorite of locals.
Another highlight of the trail is Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. The 100-acre park was the site of the 1974 World’s Fair and many interesting and unusual attractions can be found here, such as the Looff Carrousel. The ride was built at the turn-of-the-century and features hand-carved and beautifully painted wooden horses and Chinese dragons. Another popular attraction is the Spokane Falls SkyRide, a cable car ride offering panoramic views over a series of rushing waterfalls. And rising 155 feet above the park is an impressive brick clock tower dating back to 1902. It was once part of the Great Northern Railroad Depot that was torn down during preparations for Expo '74.
East of Riverfront Park is the Spokane Iron Bridge, which is worth a short side trip. Originally built for trains in 1911, the bridge is now a pedestrian crossing that spans 560 feet over the river.
On its western end, about 10 miles of the trail runs through the wild, wooded beauty of Riverside State Park, Washington's second-largest state park. Almost every type of outdoor recreation imaginable happens here. For the adventurous, the terrain offers some steeper climbs for a more challenging ride than the rest of the trail. And it's here that equestrians will feel at home. Horseback riders are permitted on the Centennial Trail within the park, and other natural trails for riding are easily accessible from the main trail.
Centennial Trail State Park has many access points across its length. For more information, contact Friends of the Centennial Trail via the link under Related Links.