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“great views and lots of access”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail
Ranked #3 of 94 things to do in Spokane
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 40 mile paved, car-free trail bordering the beautiful Spokane River has something for everyone: running, hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing. 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Spokane, Washington
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161 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“great views and lots of access”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

Just watch out for your belongings left in your car.

Visited December 2011
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Spokane Valley, Washington
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Biking paradise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

Thirty-seven miles along the beautiful Spokane River through pine forests and a city center. Multiple access points makes doing sections of the trail easy to accomplish.

Visited November 2011
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Nicely paved trail along the river.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

Loved the beautiful views of the river, trees, & bridges.

Visited November 2011
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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

Well used, lovely to hear the river and public bathrooms available

Visited November 2011
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Spokane, Washington
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The best sections are farthest out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

The Centennial is a great trail through the center of Spokane, hugging the river through parks and university campuses, but don't stop there. Head east or west to see the best of this trail a few miles out of town.

Going west is a little tricky as there is a major three-mile gap in the trail through urban West Spokane neighborhoods, but pick your way through and catch the trail again at the south end of the Meenach Bridge, then cruise for ten forested miles down the ever-more-beautiful Spokane River Gorge; coming back, cross the river at Seven Mile bridge and ride the north side of the river on Aubrey White Parkway.

Going east is fantastic--once you get out of town past Argonne Road, where intermittent-on-road bike lanes give way to dedicated paved bike-pedestrian trail. Note that the roadside bike lane splits and one fork crosses the river on a footbridge a mile east of Argonne; be sure to take this fork, because it's smooth sailing eastward on beautiful rail-trail for 25 miles beyond. What's more, at the Centennial Trail's end you can "jump the gap" a few miles to the Trail of the Couer d'Alenes and continue for another 60 miles. Just continue beyond the trail's end for a dicey mile on I-90 and then take the lakeshore road down the east side of Lake Coeur d'Alene about five miles to the town of Harrison, where you pick up the even better Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes for a rail/trail extravaganza through gorgeous riverside country clear across Idaho nearly to Montana--or just keep going south along the lake on the TCDA to that trail's west end about 15 miles distant, following beautiful semi-wild lakeshore and crossing the lake on the most spectacular dedicated bike bridge ever (a restored rail trestle). No matter which way you go, there's a good chance of seeing moose.

The short gaps in this trail system and occasional on-road segments aside, this is perhaps the most spectacular dedicated bikeway in North America. It can take days to explore, with plenty of restaurants, lodgings, bike shops and parks along the way. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2011
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