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Families Go Hiking - Eastern Region

The goal of the “Families Go Hiking” program at Washington Trails Association is to get families in touch with resources which can get themselves on a trail as easily as possible. To help out, WTA has composed a list of resources organized by region which can ease the process of researching online for an outdoor family activity. Each region is subdivided by park type: city, county, state, and national park in each region. This helps to plan for a hike in your backyard, or a bigger weekend family expedition. Many of the links provided have family-friendly suggestions for a hike, as well as additional information, such as if the park has educational centers, scheduled events, or interpretive trails.
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  • CITY PARKS

City of Spokane
Spokane
hosts several outings that are great for children of all ages and their parents. Within their seasonal Parks Guide there are pages of classes and activities families can sign up for in the Spokane area. 

City of Kennewick
The city of Kennewick has a seasonal activities guide with a section dedicated to youth and family activities. Check this guide regularly for a guided hike or an outdoor activity that your family will love. This website also has info on great parks such as Sacajawea Heritage Trail, which runs 23 miles along the Columbia River shoreline.Photo by Pixelrobber.

Badger Mountain – (Tri Cities area)
Friends of Badger Mountain has protected Badger Mountain from commercial and residential building, focusing on preserving the area, adding a hiking-only trail, and a mountain biking/horseback trail. Visit their website for scheduled hikes and detailed information including maps of the area.

 City of Walla Walla
The city of Walla Walla has recreational programs posted on their website for youth and families.

  • COUNTY PARKS

Iller Creek Conservation Area
This huge park is 876 acres. Many animals inhabit the conservation area, which can be viewed by using the various hiking trails. Visit their website for more information and a map which will help plan a route for your family.

white bluffs at hanford reach

  • STATE PARKS

From the State Parks webpage you can select an area by region, or choose from a list of parks by name. There are also downloadable maps for your convenience. Each individual park page has in-depth information to help your family plan a trip.

Centennial Trail State Park
This park located near Spokane has 37 miles of trails with interpretive activities. A variety of birds, mammals, and plants inhabit the area making for an interesting family hike. The trail begins at Nine Mile Falls, which kids love.

Palouse Falls State Park
This park has .5 miles of hiking trail to a fantastic view of the falls and surrounding geology. This park is open year round, and can be a great outdoor activity for a family with younger children.

Wooten Wildlife Area
This wildlife area has many options for family outdoor activities from hiking and snowshoeing to bird watching. There is also an Environmental Learning Center where families can stop during a visit.

Dad and son

  • NATIONAL PARKS

Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
This National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 40,000 acres located in the northeastern corner of Washington. This is a great place for your family to explore several different environments ranging from lowlands to elevations as high as 5,600 feet.

Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge
Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places for bird watchers and wildlife viewers in the state of Washington.

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