Spokane has some beautiful parks and preserves located within and close to the city. Different agencies, such as the City Parks Department, the Spokane Conservation District, the Washington State Parks department, and the WA State Department of Ecology offer information on their locations, features, preservation and conservation.
A few worth highlighting:
Centennial Trail: The trail runs through the Gonzaga campus, near the Law School building. From here if you take it east, it reaches all the way to Idaho. West takes you through Downtown and Riverfront park and further out to Riverside State Park. *While mostly safe, the buddy systems is advisable on the trail.
Manito Park and Botanical Gardens: Is Spokane's most beautiful park, featuring a variety of formal gardens, Mirror Pond filled with ducks and a pair of white swans, and many scenic walking paths through the park. If there is one place you must visit while in Spokane Manito would be that place.
Riverfront Park: Located in the center of downtown, River Front Park was the site of the 1974 World's Fair. It is a large park, the Spokane river literally runs through it, as does the Centennial Trail. The historic Loof Carousel, located near Spokane Falls Blvd. on the south side of the park is always fun!
Riverside State Park: With its distinctive rock formation, the Bowl & Pitcher, Riverside State Park is the place for beautiful hikes that explore nature and local history. From the site: "Riverside is Washington's largest State Park with two rivers, several campgrounds, an Equestrian Area, ORV Area, Cultural/Historical sites, boating and paddling access, miles and miles of mixed use trails, and stunning scenery and views at every turn."
Want to access state parks and recreation land? The Discover Pass is a single permit for all Washington state parks, which may be purchased online.
"The pass is required on state recreation lands and water-access sites managed by Washington State Parks (State Parks), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These lands include state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, DNR and WDFW campgrounds, trails and trailheads and all DNR managed uplands (natural areas and trustlands, but not aquatic lands."
The following clubs and groups are just a few in the Spokane area. For more, see the Recreation Directory from Inland Northwest Trails Coalition, above.