Pigeon Creek Park Will Get You Hiking, Skiing, Biking, or Sledding in No Time

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Pigeon Creek Park Packs a Punch With Hiking Trails, X-Country Skiing and More

12524 Stanton Street, West Olive, MI 49460

Whatever the weather, Pigeon Creek Park is the place to be.

Seriously, summer, fall, spring, or winter — this place changes with the seasons.

Tucked away out in the middle of farm country, Pigeon Creek Park’s wooded, hilly forests are worth the drive.

During the winter you can rent cross country skis or fly down their deluxe sledding hill

When spring hits, saddle up and tackle potential mud from horseback or mountain bike. Summer means their group campground is open to the public.

And what better way to soak up the crisp colors of fall than with a classic hike!

boy hiking at Pigeon Creek Park.

Pigeon Creek Park Trails Details

  • Trail Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

  • Dogs Allowed? Dogs permitted Spring – Fall

  • Facilities: Yes, modern and rustic toilets available

  • Stroller Friendly? Partially (trails to the west of the lodge are flatter and more compact)

  • Time of Year Accessible: Year round, with no hiking in the winter due to cross country skiing and snowshoeing

Pigeon Creek Park is hidden in Ottawa County. Out in the peaceful countryside between Allendale and Holland, you can find its miles and miles of wooded trails.

They offer a variety of trail options that trek the 282 acres of woods. 

Information kiosk at Pigeon Creek Park

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This is Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Hiking at its Finest

We enjoy the “choose your own adventure” style of trails at Pigeon Creek. There are plenty of options of where to go and how you want to get there.

It’s great for hikers of all ages as you can go for a quick hike or make it longer by adding more sections of trail.

The terrain is varied–some steep hills (for those mountain bikers) and some flatter areas (mostly the trails to the west of the lodge). 

We LOVE the pine tree alleys. They’re the perfect photo opp.

well worn trails at Pigeon Creek Park

I wouldn’t recommend a stroller on this trail, but I have taken an all-terrain stroller on it and survived. If you need to take a stroller companion along, the trails to the west of the lodge seem to be primarily compacted and flat.

The trials are clearly marked throughout, with signs noting what direction to travel (to prevent bike collisions) and if bikes/horses are permitted on a specific route. (Pigeon Creek allows horses on some trails but they do not supply the horses – bring your own horse.)

Pigeon Creek trail boy looking

Whooo-Whooo Made That Sound? Birdwatch Like an Expert at Pigeon Creek

We heard so many birds while we hiked at Pigeon Creek.

I’m no expert, so mostly we just searched the sky to see if we could find where the noise was coming from. 

Pigeon Creek trail boy walking on hill

Kent District Library can help you take your birdwatching to the next level with their Birdwatching Backpack Kits!

Each kit includes binoculars, a bird identification book, and a folder for you to record your sightings in–all in a convenient backpack to carry with you as you explore. 

Birdwatching Backpack Kits are available at the Cascade and East Grand Rapids branches of KDL. 

Skiing in a Winter Wonderland

There’s no reason to let some white stuff stop you from conquering a trail in the winter. While most area trails tend to hibernate for the winter, Pigeon Creek Park is bustling with activity all winter long.

Their beautiful lodge is open for ski and snowshoe rentals (for a small fee–kids under 6 years old rent-free with an adult rental) and their lighted sledding hill is perfect for younger kids.

Pigeon Creek trail lodge in winter

If you’re new to cross country skiing you can even take cross country skiing lessons at Pigeon Creek. Check their event calendar to see when a session is going to start and have fun learning a “Pure Michigan” activity! 

It’s important to note that once the trails are groomed for skiing, you may no longer hike by foot, ride horses or walk dogs. 

They regularly post trail updates on their Facebook page. If you’re not sure what activity is allowed or which trails are open–check there before you make the trip. The lodge is open in the winter for warming up, too.

All the West Michigan Parks and Trails Your Family Needs to Know About

Discover even more parks in our list of Favorite Grand Rapids Playgrounds. Trail seekers will find plenty to explore in our list of Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails around Grand Rapids.

Or, use this map of all the playgrounds, trails and dog parks around West Michigan to find your next family adventure!

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