Paw Paw Park in Holland, MI

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Amazing parks are everywhere in West Michigan. We’ve tracked down the best Grand Rapids playgrounds.

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Park managed by Ottawa County

About Paw Paw Park

With the addition of formerly known Macatawa Park, the now 172 acre Paw Paw Park is a naturalist's dream come true.

The bridges, boardwalks and observation decks follow the river, offering beautiful, scenic views of nature.

Paw Paw Park encourages visitors to enjoy the park on paved or natural surface trails, a playground, or during a game of disc golf.

During the colder months, enjoy the silence of winter on snow shoes or cross country skis.

Trail Difficulty: Easy

The Playground at Paw Paw Park

Smaller yet engaging playground with a tall slide over mulch on the west end of the park.

The Walking Path at Paw Paw Park

Half-mile paved walking path.

Hiking Trail Details

Hike through the natural trials of the east end of the park to explore the wetlands restoration project.

As you climb a few hills, you'll see gorgeous flowers, cattails, and even an apple tree. Several bridges cross the river.

There's an 18-hole disc golf course alongside these trails.

Instead of heading east, you can go west and start at the small play structure.

These well-marked natural trails have signs along the way to teach you about the wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for frogs and monarch butterflies!

You might even catch a Rainbow Trout!

Trails on both ends of the park can be muddy and have obstacles like fallen tree limbs in your path.

Paw Paw Park Features

  • Disc Golf
  • Dog Friendly
  • Fishing Pond
  • Free Admission
  • Grills
  • Hiking Trails
  • Paved Walking Path
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms

Facilities: Rustic bathrooms and picnic tables with grills.

Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Time of Year? March 1 - October 15: 7:00AM - 10:00PM; October 16 through February 28: 7:00AM - 8:00PM

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36 thoughts on “Paw Paw Park in Holland, MI”

  1. Hi, Can you tell me why the many beautiful city parks, playgrounds, and Nature Center in Hudsonville were left out of this article?

    1. We’re currently rebuilding this article and they will be added as soon as we can get them. We’re implementing a new searchable database and info population takes time. Please check back and hopefully you will see lovely the Hudsonville Parks included.

  2. Sebastiaan Johnson

    hello, i was wondering which of these playgrounds have a calisthenics park or set with them. If so would that be a possible project for the future. I have a cousin coming for a few weeks and I’m trying to find one of these calisthenics sets or parks for him.

    1. Sebastian, if I am understanding your question, MLK Park in Grand Rapids has a calisthenics set, with sit up bars, a climbing rope, etc.

  3. Just went to Danish kingdom park in Greenville and was not impressed at all. Has not been kept up very well. The description on this site makes it sound like a great park but honestly it’s a little ran down.

  4. Cherry Park is amazing! Small splash pad, restroom, and a stone’s throw from The Parlor ice cream shop, which is open late afternoon and does a generous kiddie-sized scoop. Highland Park and Fuller Park also have great splash pads and restrooms.

  5. Richardson.Sowerby park should be on the list for Rockford. It’s right off the White Pine Trail near the Rogue River. There’s also some covered picnic areas, bathroom facilities, and it’s so close to all the fun in downtown Rockford. Also missing from the list is Morley Park in Cedar Springs!

  6. There is a small park in Rockford called Glen Park. We really like it because on those hot summer days this park is mostly in the shade and the equipment doesn’t get hot enough to burn.

  7. [email protected] France

    What Grand Rapids park for children is closest to John Ball Zoo that has grills to cook on? ThankING you in advance

  8. Rosewood Park has now added a splash pad and a toddler playground as well as new bathrooms, repaved parking lot and lights to their park. Quite nice and getting popular.

  9. Kristen Beadenkopf

    We live in Jenison and our favorite is 8th Ave Community Park. It has a nice playground, 1mile paved trail around lake and a clean beach for swimming. Basketball courts and bathrooms with a covered pavilion with a ton of picnic tables.
    Also, Rosewood Park in Jenison is under construction now and they are adding a larger playground, splash pad and bathrooms. It’s already a soccer field/sledding hills with a small play area. It’s at 18th and Rosewood Ave.

  10. I like Myers lake park in Rockford has 2 size play structures swings a bathroom and changing area and beach, charcoal grills lots of shady areas lots of parking spots lots of picnic tables a covered pavilion grassy areas big waters nice

  11. We love Maplewood Park in Jenison. It has a cool waterpark on one side and a playground on the other side.

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