Richland Riverfront Trail

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From Columbia Point Marina Park at the south end to USS Triton Submarine Memorial Park in the north, the Richland Riverfront Trail offers seven miles of scenic paved trail immediately adjacent to the roaring Columbia River. Along the way, the trail links Howard Amon Park, Leslie Groves Park and the edge of the campus of Washington State University Tri-Cities. Trail users will enjoy the public art and scenic views of the river.

There is a short gap in the trail near the university; trail users should take Harris Avenue for a few blocks until the trail resumes at Sprout Road in the north and Ferry Road in the south. At the trail's northern endpoint, be sure to check out the sail of the USS Triton, a decommissioned nuclear submarine. The memorial also features an informational display about the history of the vessel and the region's significant contributions to the nuclear history of the United States. Indeed, the famous Hanford Site—once home to the world's first full-scale plutonium production reactor—is located a short distance north of Richland.

At Columbia Point Marina Park, the trail directly connects to the Sacagawea Heritage Trail for an even longer excursion along the Columbia River through the Tri-Cities area.

Parking and Trail Access

From the intersection of US 12 and State Route 240 in Richland, take George Washington Way north to Columbia Point Drive. Turn right and go to the end of the road at the marina launch ramp. Parking can be found at the trailhead immediately to the west of the I-182/US 12 bridge; the Richland Riverfront Trail begins there along the Columbia River.

Additional parking can be found at the northern trailhead at USS Triton Memorial Park on Port of Benton Boulevard and at various city parks along the trail's route.

Reviews

A Very Pleasant River Trail

   April, 2012 by etfan

This trail is a great stopping off point for travelers needing a break when travelling from places such as Boise or Portland to Eastern Washington and North Idaho. It would also be an excellent destination for an overnight bicycling get away in that there ...read more

USS TRITON (SSN 586) Submarine Memorial

   September, 2011 by bhollaway

I have not personally seen the memorial however my son has and took photos just as it was being set in its concrete pad. I served on this submarine from January 1965 until December 1965 and completed my initial "Qualification in Submarines" on board. ...read more

TRAILBEAR IN ATOMIC CITY: The Richland Riverfront Trail

   October, 2010 by toolbear

TRAILBEAR IN ATOMIC CITY: The Richland Riverfront Trail 9.10.2010 OVERVIEW… The Richland Riverfront Trail comes in two sections. The upper section begins at the Port of Benton’s Submarine Memorial Park near the Handford Reservation. There, atop ...read more