State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
State Parks will use this grant to begin development of the Palouse section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park, in Whitman County. The trail remains in the same condition as when the railroad surplused the land before 1990. State Parks will grade the trail and road intersections at three sites, lay crushed rock along the trail, and develop a trailhead in Malden. The work will create 9 miles of trail between Malden and Rosalia for hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders. State Parks identified the development of this portion of the trail as a high priority because although there’s needed grading, there’s no major breaks in the trail and it’s close to U.S. Highway 195, which provides easy access for trail users from both Spokane and Pullman. State Parks will contribute $80,000 in donations of cash.