Spokane Valley: A paradise for the outdoor enthusiast
Spokane Valley offers amazing opportunities for outdoor fun! Residents enjoy an average of 260 days of sun each year in which to hike, paddle, golf, swim and fish, all of which can be performed within the city’s boundary. The Spokane River meanders through the valley, providing ample opportunities to enjoy different water sports each season. Yes, we are spoiled.
Visit our parks
Mirabeau Point Park is a 55-acre park located in Spokane Valley along the west bank of the Spokane River. The park features the multi-sensory “Discovery Playground” for children of all ages and abilities, as well as a majestic waterfall and walking trails. This is a special place in nature where families can gather for an afternoon picnic or take a short walk through the forest. CenterPlace Regional Event Center is adjacent to the park and often rented for community activities and weddings.
Other popular city parks include Browns Park (features 16 outdoor volleyball courts, skate dot and splash pad), Valley Mission Park (features a swimming pool, basketball, tennis courts) and Sullivan Park (features an access to the Spokane River for water sports).
Explore our trails
The city recently completed the 5.1-mile Appleway Trail on the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way, an east-to-west urban space that parallels the Sprague Avenue corridor. The trail provides a continuous shared-use, paved path through the heart of Spokane Valley. The trail is used daily by runners, walkers, bicyclists and skaters. Several restaurants and retail businesses can be accessed from the trail and enjoyed along the way.
The Centennial Trail is one of the region’s most notable outdoor attractions. The trail spans 40 miles in total and is perfect for biking, roller skating, running, walking and wildlife viewing. The Valley portion of the trail is the most suitable for a leisurely ride, with a mostly flat course extending from the state line, past the Spokane Valley Mall, through a treed canopy alongside the river, and ending near the Maringo Trailhead.
1889 Magazine names Spokane Valley a scenic place to bike. Camp Sekani, Beacon Hill and the Centennial Trail offer some of the best biking trails in Washington State.
Dishman Hills Natural Area is a walker/hiker’s paradise. The area features 534 accessible acres of sculpted rocky hills, pine meadows, aspen groves, wildlife habitat and scenic trails. A parking area makes it easily accessible.
There are other trails and open spaces to enjoy in the foothills surrounding Spokane Valley. These include Camp Sekani Park, Antoine Peak Conservation Area, Iller Creek Conservation Area and Saltese Uplands Conservation Area. Thanks to ancient lava flows and glacial activity, some of these areas offer fascinating rock formations that create a unique geology for avid rock climbers.
Play on the Spokane River
The Spokane River flows through the valley, providing opportunities to fish, paddle or float depending on the time of year. Rentals are available or sign up for a float trip. If you fish, stop by the local fly shops to see what’s in season.
Discover a nearby lake
The Spokane/North Idaho region boasts 76 lakes, making it paradise for the boating or fishing enthusiast. Liberty Lake is just 10 minutes east of Spokane Valley. Lake Coeur d’Alene in Coeur d’Alene (20 minutes) and Pend Oreille in Sandpoint (50 minutes) are just a short drive into North Idaho. Other area lakes include Newman Lake, Hauser Lake and Twin Lakes. Swimmers, water skiers and wake boarders will find no shortage of beaches and hidden coves to explore and enjoy for a day.
Check out our golf options
The Spokane region is also home to some great public and private golf courses, and the City of Spokane Valley is the perfect base camp for a weekend of golf. Golfers can access any one of nine courses in Spokane and Liberty Lake, all within a 30-minute drive. If you wish, take a shot at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake, a Robert Muir Graves-designed layout that’s been rated as one of the Top 10 Best Public Golf Courses in Washington State. Or, head east to North Idaho and tee up at one of the spectacular courses in that resort area.
Discover the farms on Green Bluff
Visitors can take in the unique experience of Green Bluff growers just 30 minutes north of Spokane Valley in the foothills of Mt. Spokane. This collection of farms and ranches offer year-round fun for families with events like the Strawberry Celebration, Peach Festival, Cherry Festival, Apple Festival, u-pick produce opportunities, and holiday activities through the year. Each fall, the farms host corn mazes and fall pumpkin picking for kids. December brings opportunities for families to select a holiday tree and enjoy a sleigh ride. Come spring, local farmers and ranchers provide fresh berries, honey, artisan cheeses, garden vegetables and meats to area farmers markets.
Get out in the snow
Proximity to the Northwest Rockies makes Spokane Valley an ideal location for downhill and Nordic skiing. Five ski resorts are within 75 miles, including Mt. Spokane, Schweitzer, 49 Degrees North, Silver Mountain, and Lookout Pass. These resorts can average over 300 inches of snow a year. The vast selection of ski locations means skiers enjoy fewer crowds and lower prices. Local resorts offer downhill and cross-country ski programs to assist beginner skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Accomplished skiers can find workshops in powder, moguls, racing and other specialties. There’s no better location to dive into the sport of skiing than Spokane Valley.
No matter the terrain, Spokane Valley has the outdoor opportunities for those who want to get out and enjoy nature.