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Folsom Farm - Smick Meadows

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
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Just across the road from the parking area for Fishtrap Lake (just before Fishtrap Resort) is a short access road leading to trails on some shrub grassland, a dilapidated (but photogenic) homestead, and wetlands that provide sanctuary to a wide variety of waterfowl and other wildlife.

The access road to reach the old farmstead and the meadows is approximately a half-mile long and rough and muddy, so adventurers without high-clearance vehicles should consider using the Fishtrap Lake trailhead and walking in along the trail. However, if you can reach this trailhead, it has the better facilities, including a vault toilet at the parking lot and several picnic tables.

Volunteers have installed a blind for viewing birds at the restored meadows, and there is a book that identifies numerous bird species, as well as a large binocular device. There are interpretive signs explaining the human history of this converted homestead, where a barn and some outbuildings remain, along with some farming implements.

At just 30 miles from Spokane, Fishtrap Lake and Smick Meadows make a great destination for families or those just beginning to explore the lands surrounding Spokane.


Folsom Farm - Smick Meadows

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Co-ordinates: 47.3835, -117.8337 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

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