Located in Eastern Washington, the Spokane River Centennial Trail is a 37-mile paved trail that can be used for different modes of transportation and enjoyment. The Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail is operated by Washington State Parks under the name Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail.
The trail runs from Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls, Washington, all the way to the Washington/Idaho state line and beyond. 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 passes through the cities of Spokane, Washington, Spokane Valley, Washington, Liberty Lake, Washington, and the unincorporated community of Spokane Bridge.
It is separated into three sections: Riverside refers to the piece of path that runs through Riverside State Park, Urban refers to the segment that runs through Spokane’s downtown area, and Valley refers to the section that runs east of Spokane’s downtown area (almost all of which lies in Spokane, hence the name). After crossing the border into Idaho, the trail continues as the North Idaho Centennial Trail for the remainder of its length.
When the Centennial Trail, also known as the Spokane River Centennial National Recreational Trail, was originally created in 1989, it coincided with the state of Washington’s 100th anniversary celebrations, and the trail was officially dedicated in 1990. Since then, it has evolved to become a nationally recognized landmark and a focal point for recreation in the Spokane area.
Located out of downtown Riverfront Park, the paved route extends for 37 miles in either direction and is open to all modes of mobility except motorized transit. Whether you prefer jogging shoes, bicycles, or roller skis, you’ll be sure to get a nice dose of Eastern Washington scenery no matter which mode of transportation you choose.
Following the Expo ’74, proponents proposed a mixed-use pathway along the river to connect the city and the park. By 1986, citizens in Washington and Idaho joined together and proposed a much longer route that could be completed in time to commemorate the respective state centennials of Washington (1989) and Idaho (1991) in the same year (1990). The trail was classified as a National Recreation Trail in 2010.
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