I’m in love with Riverside State Park. It’s only 9 miles from Spokane and is the largest state park in Washington, over 14,000 acres! You can easily spend a few days here with over 50 miles of trails for hikers and bikers, and if horses are you thing guess what. There’s a horse-friendly campground, 25 miles of trails and an obstacle course with a 60-foot round pen. Too slow for you? There’s 600 acres of special terrain just for off-road vehicles.
Ok so here’s the thing…I’ve never actually camped in this park, but remember that this is a collaborative travel blog! I don’t have much camping experience. Though somehow the idea intrigues me, I choose to live vicariously through others when it comes to camping. Day trips, hiking, biking, and canoeing are more my thing, and then maybe VISITING people who are camping. I came across Marc and Bryanna who look like they’re having a great time hiking and keeping fit at http://wholesomelyfit.com/2014/06/10/weekend-recap-hiking-through-bowl-and-pitcher/
They hiked about 12 miles that day and “soaked up some rays.”
So what are camping options at Riverside State Park? Here’s a few taken from the net, I admit, but I’m giving credit where credit is due. As always, I want you to share your trip with our gypsysoul family! If you have a camping, hiking, biking or boating experience to share email me at email@example.com.
Check out this retired Ranger House near the Bowl and Pitcher area, right off the Spokane River. https://sites.google.com/site/riversidestateparkwa/park-activities/vacation-house
Our family had a really lovely time using the cabin. It really felt like a getaway weekend just 10 minutes from town. We hiked a bit both days, enjoyed a lovely dinner, watched the sunset, and I enjoyed having my coffee overlooking the river. The cabin is huge with lots of space and plenty of “comforts” to be comfortable.” Morris Family
“The Retired Ranger House Vacation Rental is nestled in the woods of Riverside State Park and sits a short distance from the Spokane River. Within walking distance of the swinging bridge, hiking trails and a picnic area, the house features vaulted ceilings and an open 1,200-square-foot floor plan. Perfect for a summer retreat or a cozy winter getaway, the Retired Ranger House includes an indoor fireplace, an outdoor fire ring and fenced backyard where firewood is provided. The three bedroom vacation house features a fully equipped kitchen and dining room with seating for eight accommodates up to 10 guests.” (from the above site)
Bowl and Pitcher campground has 16 standard campsites, 16 utility 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). Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For Bowl and Pitcher campsite maps, visit the reservation system. https://parks.state.wa.us/573/Riverside
Fellow blogger from Hipcamp.com describes Bowl and Pitcher like this:
Seclusion, camaraderie, beauty, Bowl and Pitcher Campground, at the heart of Riverside State Park’s got the works! Tucked away in the dense, evergreen laden forest, and flanked by the tranquil Spokane River, these sites comprise 16 traditional venues, and 16 utility hookup sites complete with running water and electricity. And could it be? Yes! Two shower facilities to boot! Be sure to book ahead of time online–these diggs go quick! Both campsites are at ground zero for hiking and biking trailheads, so lace up those kicks, pump up those tires and get gone
Equestrian campground has 10 equestrian campsites with corrals. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. https://parks.state.wa.us/573/Riverside
Nine Mile Recreation Area has three tent sites and 21 RV sites of varying length. The sites are available May 15 through Sept. 15. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For Nine Mile Falls campsite maps, visit the reservation system. https://parks.state.wa.us/573/Riverside
Lake Spokane campground has 11 primitive campsites and is available May 15 through Sept. 15. There are also four first come first serve boat-in only campsites available on Lake Spokane. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For Nine Mile Falls campsite maps, visit the reservation system. https://parks.state.wa.us/573/Riverside
Don’t forget about winter fun and exercise. The Hyak Sledding Hill is scheduled to open Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Please check out their website for safety tips, weather forecast, gear and avalanche training! Here are a few pics from their website. Now this is my kind of thing! https://parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-recreation