(Image of The Centennial Trail from spokanecounty.org)
Although we love to focus on boating here at Lake Escapes for obvious reasons, we also love the Inland Northwest for its variety of other outdoor activities. There’s hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding and much more. And one of the best ways to participate in one of these activities is to explore the Centennial Trail.
The Centennial Trail
This is a 40-mile paved, car-free trail that starts in downtown Spokane and goes to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. In the downtown portion, it borders the beautiful Spokane River, which means you can see the waterfalls in Riverfront Park and take the sky ride out over the lower falls. We hear the best time to see this attraction is right now in the Spring because this is when the water runs high and you can view the rushing white water in the river. (As you know, we love water activities, even if it’s just viewing its beauty!).
Along its path, you can not only see the Spokane River with all its beauty, but there’s also the River Front Park where children can enjoy an indoor merry-go-around, slide down the side of a giant Radio Flyer wagon, and picnic on the park grass.
Although we just highlighted several things in Downtown Spokane, the Centennial trail offers a lot of views away from the city as well. If you’re looking for somewhere to ride your horse or bike away from the noise, there are many trail heads to choose from.
According to TripAdvisor, “The Spokane River Centennial Trail is the backbone of the recreational trail system in eastern Washington and north Idaho, welcoming over 2.5 million users annually.” It’s a popular place to explore!