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John A. Finch Arboretum, Spokane

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John A. Finch Arboretum 56.65 acres (22.93 ha) is a public arboretum located at West 3404 Woodland Boulevard, Spokane, Washington, United States in the West Hills neighborhood. 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. 
    Beautiful location especially in the fall. Lots of colors. Lots of great backdrops trees, water and colorful foliage.  more »
  • We were visiting Spokane late October in order to extend the autumn colours that are so short where we live, and we thought an arboretum would be the place to be. Sadly, our timing was off here, and.....  more
    We were visiting Spokane late October in order to extend the autumn colours that are so short where we live, and we thought an arboretum would be the place to be. Sadly, our timing was off here, and.....  more »
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  • Some of the trees here are absolutely magical. I loved the stream and the big tree in the very beginning (couldn't find a label for that guy but it's the one with all the huge branches under the canopy). Loved the redwoods and oak trees and willows.. it was all beautiful. It's worth visiting this park and I'm glad we went, but it's not one we'll likely be coming back to visit any time soon. Here's why. Two things that I didn't care for: 1) we have a disabled daughter and this place isn't wheelchair/stroller friendly. We had to push her around on a dirt/rock path and gave up and pushed her on the grass instead. It worked, but if they would just pave a path and have some ramps rather than stone stairs, it would really help for accessibility. It's important. 2) The freeway noise is pretty bad in some parts. I know this can't really be helped since you can't just pick up the trees and relocate the whole park. I'd you stick close to the stream it helps drown out the noise.
  • I have always loved this place, for as long as I can remember. It's so beyond beautiful there. The maintenance around the entire Arboretum is not an easy job, but it is so well kept! It has such a nice loop to walk, as well as "going off the path" to explore the awesome bridges that have such a cool creek underneath. It is a great place to run around, play pass with a ball/ Frisbee, have a picnic, or just to simply walk around and enjoy the beautiful colors and trees/ plants and always possibly see wild life. Today I went there again, and had an awesome tour. Can't wait to go back again! Thank you to all who work here to make it an amazing place to get to visit, I appreciate all you guys do to keep it so beautiful there!

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