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Top walks for your kids and fur babies

You want to prioritize healthy exercise for both your kids and pets. Sure, they can run and play in the backyard, but why not start an exercise routine with walks near your home and neighborhood?

Not only will it get everyone excited about exercise, but it is also a time to connect for some much-needed family time. In this article, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite local walks perfect for your kids and four-legged friends.

Bowl and Pitcher Loop Trail

This 2-mile loop in Riverside State Park just outside Spokane is accessible to people of all levels of hiking experience. Check out the basalt formations next to the river and stroll across the famous swinging bridge over the Spokane River.

Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail

This park includes 40 miles of trail (37 of which are paved!), and passes through Ponderosa pine forests, basalt canyons, hip urban centers and cultural heritage sites. With several trailheads and access points, the adventure can be as long or short as you want it to be.

Trail 121: Waterfall Loop

If you’re looking for an exercise challenge, this trail is for you. You’ll experience a bit of elevation along with stunning waterfall vistas. Make sure to use caution when descending into the ravines. Portions of the trail are a bit steep.

Painted Rocks Nature Trail

This easy 5-mile walk takes you past pristine lakes and long grass fields. It’s part of the Little Spokane Natural Area, so be on the lookout for plenty of birds and other natural wildlife. This trail is accessible at all times of the year.

Rimrock Conservation Area Palisades Park Loop Trail

The Rimrock Conservation Area and Palisades Park is the natural gem of Eastern Washington. On this walk, experience both natural animal and plant life along with stunning views of the city. Bring your camera for pristine shots of Mt. Spokane and the Selkirk Range.

Holmberg Conservation Area Loop

This trail walks you through the 104-acre Holmberg Conservation Area, taking you from prairie to heavily forested regions. Experience wildlife and tall pines — a perfect natural preserve for bird-watching. Keep in mind that dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times in the Homberg Conservation Area.

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