Grand Ravines is a Blast with a Suspension Bridge, Paved Trails and Doggie Fun

Feature Grand Ravines

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

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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.

Trail Map Grand Ravines

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.

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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.

Trail Grand Ravines

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!


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