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Bill Chipman Palouse Trail

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Other Link Bill Chipman Palouse Trail General Rules (GIF)
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, Washington State University, and Whitman County.

Connecting States

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.

Vehicular Traffic

Trail users should be mindful of yielding to vehicular traffic at trail/road intersections.

Fireworks Are Prohibited

As a reminder to all visitors, there are no fireworks allowed on any of the County trails.

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Donations may be sent in care of:
Whitman County Parks Department
Attn: BCPT Account
310 N Main Street
Colfax, WA 99111


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. For the safety of the wildlife, park visitors, and other domestic animals, always keep your pet on a leash. 
All along the trail includes:
  • Benches
  • Bike racks
  • Trash receptacles
  • Two handicap accessible restrooms

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.


No camping available, day use only.

Further Information

For information or to schedule a special event on the Trail contact Whitman County Parks and Recreation at 509-397-6238, or:
Whitman County Parks and Recreation Department
310 N Main Street
Colfax, WA 99111