Aman Park: A Springtime Forest Hike that Leads to Epic Wildflower Views & Cool Stick Forts

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Aman Park Hiking in Grand Rapids

Aman Park is one of over 50 walking trails in West Michigan.

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0 -1859 Lake Michigan Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

natural hiking paths through streams, rolling hills and wildflowers
Trail Length: 2.3 miles
Trail Difficulty: Moderate, with some hills.
Dogs Allowed? Yes, but they must be leashed. It is a very popular spot for dogs!
Facilities: There is one port-a-potty by one of the parking areas.
Stroller Friendly? No
Time of Year Accessible: Open year-round.

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What to Expect at Aman Park

Aman Park is a Grand Rapids hidden gem filled with streams, rolling, forested hills, and, in the springtime, wildflowers.

If you’ve never walked a trail flanked by springtime bluebells and trillium, you’re missing out.

If you’re reading this and it’s not spring, know that Aman Park is still a worthy hiking spot any time of year. It’s just extra special in the spring.

Trillium in Bloom at Aman Park Grand Rapids
Trillium in Bloom at Aman Park Grand Rapids

Hiking at Aman Park

Aman Park offers several different trail loops allowing you to customize the distance to your needs (the main loop is about 1.5 miles).

The trails are densely wooded; I would strongly recommend packing your bug spray (and applying it generously).

Aman Park trail

The trails are mostly sandy, well-maintained, and have a few decent hills throughout.

There is a map at the trailhead, but there are not any maps throughout the trail. It is helpful to know which trail you hope to hike and remember which color it is on the map.

aman park trail map
Click the map for a PDF version from GR Parks and Recreation

There are several wooden posts throughout the park indicating which color trail is in which direction–which is only helpful if you know the trail you want to follow.

Aman Park FAQs

Where is Aman Park?

Aman Park is located off of Lake Michigan Drive just outside of Grand Rapids in the Walker/Standale area.
It’s not far from Grand Valley University.

What time of year can you visit Aman Park?

Aman Park is a great place to visit year-round.

It’s open through the winter to brave hikers and cross country skiers (which would be a fun challenge with some of those hills). 

Spring is my favorite time to hike for two reasons: the wildflowers, and the bugs aren’t out like they are later in the year.

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Bluebells in Bloom at Aman Park Grand Rapids

How long does it take to visit Aman Park?

All in all, plan to spend at least an hour exploring the park. Mix and match the trail loops to make the perfect adventure for your family.

What special features are at Aman Park?

In addition to the springtime wildflowers, there are several year-round features families enjoy a creek, forts or stick shelters, and bridges.

Sand Creek plays an important role in shaping the trails here as it winds its way through the park.

Use only for Aman Park creek

If you visit Aman Park after a heavy rain, crossing the creek could be an adventure. When the weather is warmer, there are places you can easily splash in the creek.

Aman Park water crossing

FORTS: There are a couple of stick shelters along the red pathway to play in.

Aman Park stick shelters
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BRIDGES: There are two bridges that cross the creek (which are a favorite trail feature for my family) as you work your way around the trail.

Aman Park bridge

There are several places you can step off the trail a little to see the creek up close. 

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The creek water is crystal clear if it hasn’t rained recently – we could have spent all day looking for creatures! 

Spring Wildflower Details

Get yourself and your family over to Aman Park in the springtime and you’re in for a treat (don’t forget your camera!).

Aman Park Grand Rapids Mi Bluebells

Late April through Mid-May is the best time to catch these breathtaking sights. 

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To hike to the wildflowers in the spring, follow the red and the blue trails.

On your journey, you’ll find the natural Michigan beauties: Trillium and Bluebells.

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The local wildflowers flourish in the wet woodland habitat at Aman Park.

bluebells in Bloom at Aman Park Grand Rapids
Aman Park bluebells

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6 thoughts on “Aman Park: A Springtime Forest Hike that Leads to Epic Wildflower Views & Cool Stick Forts”

  1. Seriously breathtaking right now. Felt like I was in a fairytale and pictures just don’t do it justice

  2. Great memories of our 2 families having fun in Aman Park starting back in the 50’s. The 4th of our 2 sets of parents just died yesterday at 101 years of age!!!

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