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 and hiking. Riverside has it all!
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 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.
Riverside State Park occupies 11,162 acres along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers just north of Spokane. With nearly 200,000 feet of shoreline, Riverside is home to Ponderosa pines, lakes, marshes and a wide variety of wildlife.
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 Bowl and Pitcher State Park offers two picnic shelters without electricity and 30 unsheltered picnic tables available first come, first served. The shelter closest to the main day-use parking lot has one picnic table and the shelter across the river has four picnic tables. The CCC Kitchen Shelter at the Bowl and Pitcher is is reservable online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
The Nine Mile Recreation Area offers three kitchen shelters with water and electricity. Two can accommodate up to 40 guests and one can accommodate up to 20, One shelter than can accommodate 40 people is reservable online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. The day-use area and boat launch are open April 1through October 31.
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
Watercraft launches (3)
OTHER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
Fire circles (3)
Off-road vehicles permitted
Bowl and Pitcher campground has 16 standard campsites, 16 partial-hookup sites with electricity and water, one dump station, and two restrooms (both with showers). Maximum site length is 45 feet (may have limited availability).
Equestrian campground has 10 equestrian campsites with corrals.
Nine Mile Recreation Area has three tent sites and 21 full-hookup sites of varying length. The sites are available May 15 through Sept. 15.
Lake Spokane campground has 11 primitive campsites and is available May 15 through Sept. 15. There are also four first-come, first-served boat-in only campsites available on Lake Spokane.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.