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Riverside State Park, Spokane

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Riverside State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located 9mi northwest of Spokane in Nine Mile Falls, Washington. It is the largest state park in Washington, covering some along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers. The park is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.HistoryThe park came into being with various gifts of land in 1933 and 1934. It was developed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Evidence of the CCC's work can be seen at the Bowl and Pitcher area's suspension bridge, kitchen shelter, restroom, park residence, office, and maintenance shop. CCC workers also constructed the rock walls and much of the roadway of Aubrey White Parkway, the restroom on the Centennial Trail near the Carlson Trailhead, and various trails in the park.FeaturesAreas of the park include the Bowl and Pitcher, the Nine Mile Recreation Area, the Little Spokane River Natural Area, the 600acre off-road vehicle park, the equestrian trails area, and a portion of the 37mi Spokane River Centennial Trail. The Spokane House Interpretive Center has exhibits about the Spokane Indians, early pioneers, fur trappers, traders, the area's fort and military history, and Spokane House, the fur trading post established nearby.
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  • We came to this park to do a few bike rides along the trails on the west side of the Spokane River. We rode from the Wilbur trailhead south past the Bowl and Pitcher area. There is a nice variety of s...  read more »
  • We picnicked for lunch at the Bowl and Pitcher area. It can be crowded but not impossible to find parking on a warm sunny day. Its great to get a picnic table by the roaring river. We took a short wal...  read more »
  • Wonderful place to hike, jog, picnic, bbq or camp. I personally don't think this place is an appropriate for playing in the water 
  • I love the variety at Riverside State Park. Whether you are a walker, hiker, runner, mountain biker, road biker, horse rider, kayaker, rock climber, you will find a spot to enjoy here. Find a local guide to help you find the spot that fits your interest and abilities.
  • My husband and I stayed at the nine mile camp site #22. This is not the type of camping we are used to and it wasn't really for us and that's okay but I can see why this particular camp site was the only one available. We only stayed one night so that was fine but there was a street light RIGHT above the camp site. We are used to camping in the woods where no one is but we didn't think much of it at the time of arrival. Well it doesn't shut off, all night. It was blinding through our tent all night. We packed up and left as early as possible... Any other site might be better....
  • Nine mile campground was a disappointment. The location is great - right on the river, but the campers are so tight, I could have reached into my neighbor's cupboard! The restrooms are fine, but you'll need $1 bills to purchase tokens. There is a change machine. The best part was a newly finished paved trail that takes you back into the forest.
  • Great Newby beginner/intermediate single/double track trail system. This is where you need to go to build confidence. Discover Pass trailheads
  • One of the top 3 hikes in the surrounding Spokane area. You WILL need a discovery pass, but it is well worth it. It's fairly rocky terrain in areas and depending on how adventurous you feel, you can make it incredibly fun!
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