Look for the Big Red Barn to Start Your Hike
3991 Fillmore Street, Jenison, MI 49428
Grand Ravines is Loaded with Things to Do
Grand Ravines is located in Jenison and has two trail entrances. I knew of this trail from the big, red barn at the Fillmore entrance (it’s hard to miss!) so that’s where we started.
There are several trails at Grand Ravines that are wide, paved trails. You could definitely take a stroller through from one side to the other without a problem. Off of the paved trails are many smaller, wooded trails that would not be suitable for a stroller, but would be more fun for your little explorers.
Grand Ravines offers clean, modern restrooms by both entrances. The Fillmore entrance restroom building also has a dog wash station and a convenient water bottle refill spigot.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs Allowed? Yes, and there is a dog park too!
Facilities: Modern bathrooms available
Stroller Friendly? The paved portions are, but some trails that branch off are not stroller friendly.
Time of Year Accessible: Open year round
The Fenced-In Dog Park is Very Popular
One of the standout features of Grand Ravines is the dog park (which is also located near the Fillmore entrance). It has a large, fenced-in area for dogs to roam and play leash-free!
The human drinking fountain has a cute dog dish at the base (which my toddler thought might be for her–yuck). We brought our four-legged friend along and she gives this place two paws up.
Make Sure you Cross the Incredible Suspension Bridge
As if there could be anything better than a park full of playful pooches, Grand Ravines also boasts a spectacular suspension bridge. The recently constructed addition to this park is truly picturesque at 275 feet long and 70 feet high. The overlook into the woods is absolutely breath-taking.
Fishing, Scenic Overlooks, a Lodge and More
Closer to the North Entrance there is a spot for easy access kayaking and fishing. There is also a great ravine overlook and another awesome, covered bridge. The North side of Grand Ravines trails also has their Grand Ravines Lodge which overlooks the Grand River and can be rented out for your next family gathering, event, or baby shower! How fun!
There is a trail map located at any fork in the path. While I usually check out a trail map before we hike, it is always reassuring to know we certainly are not lost. The primarily flat trails and the consistent signage make this a great introductory hike.
I think we barely touched the surface of all this park has to offer on our visit! We will be back again soon to see what else we can discover.
No Bones About it: There’s Nothing Quite Like a Good Ol’ Fashioned Book
We had dogs on the brain after visiting Grand Ravines. There was constant chatter about other dogs we met and a renewed interest in our dog as well. A dog truly is a kid’s best friend!
While we’ve been highlighting some of the lesser-known amenities you can find at your local KDL branch, today we’ve got a few of our favorite dog-related books for every age. Grab your pooch, grab a book, and head to Grand Ravines!
- If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff
- Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul
- the Clifford books by Norman Bridwell
- Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day (this is a favorite of ours!)
- Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
Tweens and Teens
- Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
- Sounder by William H. Armstrong
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
- Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
All the West Michigan Parks and Trails Your Family Needs to Know About
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