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Spokane River Centennial Trail
SpokaneConvCtr CentennialTrail.jpg
Trail beside the Spokane Convention Center
Length 37 mi (60 km)
Location Spokane County, Washington, United States
Designation Washington state park
Trailheads
Use Alternate transportation & recreation: bicycling, walking, jogging
Hiking details
Season All year
Sights Spokane River, Riverside State Park, Riverfront Park
Surface Paved
Website Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail

The Spokane River Centennial Trail is a 37-mile (60 km) paved trail in Eastern Washington for alternate transportation and recreational use. It is managed by Washington State Parks as the Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail.

The trail extends from Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls, Washington to the Washington/Idaho border. It passes through the cities of Spokane, Washington, Spokane Valley, Washington, Liberty Lake, Washington and the unincorporated community of Spokane Bridge, before crossing under the Interstate 90 Spokane River Bridge—traveling through Kootenai County, Idaho for approximately 250 feet (76 m)—and then continuing through Washington for about 2,000 feet (1 km), before meeting with the North Idaho Centennial Trail at the Washington–Idaho border. The trail is divided into three sections: Riverside refers to the section of the trail within Riverside State Park, Urban refers to the section within the city of Spokane, and Valley refers the section east of Spokane (almost all of which lies in the Spokane Valley, hence the name). After the border into Idaho, the trail continues as the North Idaho Centennial Trail.

History

Spokane Centennial Trail by Gonzaga University, 1998 (10163427794)
Centennial Trail near Gonzaga

Following the Expo '74, advocates proposed a mixed use pathway along the river. Citizens in Washington and Idaho expanded the idea by 1986 by joining forces and suggesting a much longer trail that could be completed in time to celebrate the respective state centennials of Washington (1989) and Idaho (1990). In 2010, it was designated a National Recreation Trail.

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