Riverside State Park

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No trip to Spokane is complete without a stop at Riverside State Park. Approximately 9 miles from Spokane, Riverside provides recreational opportunities for almost every type of visitor. From mountain biking to horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking and snowmobiling, Riverside has it all, if you have time!

Riverside State Park occupies 12,000 acres along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers just north of Spokane. With nearly 200,000 feet of shoreline, Riverside is the home to Ponderosa pines, lakes, marshes and a wide variety of wildlife. 

You can go as easy or hardcore as you like here. Fifty-five miles of trails will keep hikers and mountain bikers busy. The 40-mile, mixed-use Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail extends from Nine Mile Recreation Area east to the Idaho border. Equestrians will find a horse-friendly campground, 25 miles of trails and an obstacle course with a 60-foot round pen. Off-road vehicle drivers have 600 acres of special terrain. The Little Spokane River welcomes paddlesports enthusiasts (and prohibits inner tubes, bikes and pets). Lake Spokane invites boaters, anglers and water sports fans. And, for those who equate vacation with relaxation, day-use areas, picnic shelters and four different campgrounds offer solid family and camp chair time.

In winter, Riverside is also a prime recreation hub, boasting some of the best snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling east of the Cascades. 

Riverside has deep historical significance as a gathering place for Native American tribes, and as a thriving fur trade hub. Most recently, the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the park’s structures, including the suspension bridge across the Spokane River at the Bowl and Pitcher. 

Riverside is close to the restaurants, shops and coffee stops of Spokane. Indeed, Riverside State Park has everything a traveler could want, except more vacation time.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
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ADA amenities/facilities


  • Campground (Riverside and Nine Mile Recreation Area)
  • Restroom (Riverside and Nine Mile Recreation Area)
  • Hiking trail (Nine Mile Recreation Area)

Picnic & day-use facilities


Riverside State Park offers two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus 10 sheltered and 122 unsheltered picnic tables available first come, first served.

A kitchen shelter with electricity is reservable online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. This shelter is built of logs and provides a wood stove, sink, and eight picnic tables, accommodating a maximum of 50 people.

The Nine Mile Recreation Area offers three non-reservable kitchen shelters with electricity. Two accommodate up to 40 guests, one accommodates up to 20 guests. The day-use area and boat launch are open April 15 through Oct. 15.

Activities


Trails


  • 55 miles of hiking trails
  • One mile of ADA-accessible hiking trail
  • 55 miles of bike trails
  • 25 miles of horse trails

Water activities & features


  • 120 feet of dock
  • Boating
  • Three boat ramps
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Water skiing
  • White-water kayaking

Winter recreation


  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow play

Other activities & features


  • Amphitheater
  • All-terrain vehicles permitted
  • Bird watching
  • Three fire circles
  • Interpretive activities
  • Mountain biking
  • Museum
  • Rock climbing
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive opportunities


The Spokane House Interpretive Center at Nine Mile Falls tells the history of the early fur trade in the area and its effects on the Native American population. The center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. An interpretive trail in Riverside State Park features guide-posts and a self-guiding brochure connecting the Indian Painted Rocks area with the mouth of the Little Spokane River. A kiosk at the site of Seven Mile camp tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps and its role in building the park.

Additional information


  • The park provides a 600-acre off-road vehicle area for dirt bikes and snowmobiles and more than 37 miles for bike riding on the Centennial Trail, as well as other bike trails.
  • All-terrain vehicles are only permitted in the off-road vehicle area.
  • An equestrian area features several hundred acres with loop trails and 40 miles of linear trails for horseback riding.
  • The park contains a protected Native American pictograph area.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.