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The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail


Kamiak Butte County Park | Klemgard County Park | Wawawai County Park

After 12 years of community vision, perseverance, and donations, along with agency cooperation, the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail was dedicated on April 4, 1998.  The trail is part of the federal Rails to Trails program, which preserves railroad corridors for non-motorized transportation and possible future transportation use.  The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail is designated as a Millennium Trail.  Long-term stewardship and management of the trail is carried out by the City of Moscow, City of Pullman, University of Idaho, Washington State University, and Whitman County.


The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail is open dawn to dusk year round - day use only.  Seven miles of paved pathway connect Washington and Idaho, Pullman and Moscow, University of Idaho and Washington State University.  The pathway is open to all ages and abilities.




Increased Fire Danger Warrants Fire Restrictions In Whitman County Parks


Whitman County Parks Department has indicated that fire restrictions will be in effect as of Monday, July 3, 2017 all Whitman County Parks Department managed locations to include: Kamiak Butte County Park, Klemgard County Park, as well as the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail.  


Fire Restrictions have been in effect at Wawawai County Park since June 10th per Whitman County RFD #14 guidelines. This restriction remains in effect.


Restrictions include: campfires and smoking on trails will not be permitted within park boundaries. Cooking with charcoal briquettes or a gas grill is still an option.  All park visitors need to be prepared and vigilant; keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby when cooking. 


As a reminder to visitors, fireworks are not allowed in any of the parks.





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The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail Memorial Tree and Recognition Program

Donation breakdowns


Donations may be sent in care of: 

Whitman County Parks Department, Attn:  BCPT Account,  310 North Main StreetColfax, WA  99111





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Amenities:  A ten foot wide paved trail, accessible to people of all ages and abilities, extends over seven miles of scenic Palouse country while crossing Paradise Creek some twelve times.  Two handicap accessible restrooms, benches, bike racks and trash receptacles are all located along the trail.  An interpretive signage program describes local human and natural history as well as agriculture and ecology topics.   Snow is not plowed off the Trail in the winter months.  To schedule special events call Whitman County Parks 509-397-6238.


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General Rules of the Trail: 



Camping:  No camping available, day use only.


For information or to schedule a special event on the Trail contact (509) 397-6238

Whitman County Parks and Recreation Department

310 North Main Street, Colfax, WA  99111

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