John A. Finch Arboretum, Spokane

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
John A. Finch Arboretum (56.65 acres) is a public arboretum located at West 3404 Woodland Boulevard, Spokane, Washington, United States on Sunset Hill. It is open daily without charge. Dogs are not allowed at the arboretum.
The arboretum was established in 1949 after the last living executor of the John A. Finch estate released $250,000 for the purpose. The landscape follows Garden Springs Creek, and now contains about 2,000 trees and shrubs, including 65 groups of lilacs, as well as a rhododendron grove, conifer and maple collections, and a nature trail. The arboretum lies in a small valley running southwest-to-northeast carved by the creek. I-90 and the Sunset Highway, which use the valley to descend into Spokane from the higher elevation of the Columbia Plateau, respectively form the southern and northern borders of the park.

The arboretum is home to the Touch and See Nature Trail, which is owned by the Girl Scout council in the area. It was refurbished by Darlea Chatburn in 2004 who received her Gold Award after the completion of the project.

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  • Beautiful location especially in the fall. Lots of colors. Lots of great backdrops trees, water and colorful foliage.  more »
  • With the crispness in the air, the changing of the leaves, it's time to visit before the snow comes.  more »
  • I just love this place. They have a great variety of trees and keep the grounds well maintained. Explore the Arboretum in every season. The crabapple trees were just in bloom and looked spectacular. Right now their collection of lilacs are in bloom. They look and smell wonderful. In the summer everything is green and lush. Fall brings the wonderful colors. There is a creek running through the Arboretum and plenty of park benches to rest on or pull up a rock. The kids will enjoy climbing on them. They do have bathroom facilities. The only draw back is the freeway noise. Please remember, no dogs are allowed.
  • Took family, great fun and entertaining. Educational, well maintained and beautiful. Perfect isolated location with lots of space so no fear of running into other visitors. Seating areas for pausing and taking in the beauty of nature. Low grade hiking so easy for all family members.

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