Trails

Paved Walking Trails

Grand Rapids Township Park
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
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A 50-mile paved trail for biking, rollerblading and walking.

Trail will bring you along boardwalks and under covered bridges through several township and county parks.

Scenery includes ravines, wetlands, woods and more.

Some areas are hilly and a bit challenging, especially along Knapp and Bailey.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

8900 Grand River Dr SE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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This densely wooded and hilly park has almost 4 miles of assorted hiking trails in varying lengths. The main trail loop is around 2 miles long, with plenty of offshoots. There is even a hidden creek - see if you can find it!

Visitors love the hearty hike. Coming in at nearly 200 acres in size, the park is heavily wooded and is a great place to treat yourself to a long, shaded walk under towering oak, maple, and cherry trees. There are two trailheads - and both start with an uphill climb.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails

8155 Conservation St NE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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This is an excellent place to put some miles on your shoes. Hiking trails are very hilly and wooded.

There's a stream that you'll cross on occasion. Multiple loops available.

The wooded trails range from hard-packed dirt to sandy to muddy at certain times of the year.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Paved Walking Trails

1010 Grand River Dr NE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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The flat, paved walking path is perfect for walking and a variety of wheeled activities.

Families love to bring their young riders here to practice their skills along this path.

While you're walking or biking, you'll explore a gorgeous nature preserve.

See how many different kinds of wildflowers and wildlife you can see - plus you'll have views of the Grand River along the way.

Stop at the observation deck to get close-up to the wetlands life.

Being in a wetland/prairie area, prepare for mosquitos or other bugs.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Paved Walking Trails

1180 Buttrick Ave SE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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Ada Township Park has both paved walking paths and natural hiking trails. The paved trails are open for biking.

The trails are short and connect to the fishing lagoon. You can walk, on paved trails, around the lagoon, crossing three small wooden bridges as you go. This is a favorite spot for kids to look for fish in the lagoon.

The trails through the woods are short and flat, with a natural surface. It's an easy hike to add on to an afternoon at the playground.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Hiking Trails

13507 68th Ave
Allendale, Michigan 49401
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Natural hiking trails along the Grand River.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails

12524 Stanton Street
West Olive, Michigan 49460
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Visitors will enjoy the “choose your own adventure” style of trails at Pigeon Creek.

The trails are well-marked, and there are plenty of options to choose to make your hike shorter or longer, depending on your level of adventure.

The terrain is varied; some steep hills for mountain bikers and west of the lodge has flatter areas for hikers.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Hiking Trails

399 84th St SE
Byron Center, Michigan 49315
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1/4 natural surface loop trail goes through the woods and climbs a hill behind the picnic shelter.

Trail Difficulty:
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only

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Paved Walking Trails

2120 76th St SW
Byron Center, Michigan 49315
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Whistle Stop Park has a short, paved pathway around their fishing pond that is a Storywalk.

Placards telling a story have been placed around the walkway.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

370 N Lake St SE
Caledonia, Michigan 49316
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There is a short 1/3 mile walking trail around the park through the woods.

Or opt to walk into town for ice cream!

The park serves as a staging area for the Thornapple Trail, which is a paved trail that leads to downtown Caledonia. Walkers, bikers and joggers can take advantage of this trail.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

1035 68th St SE
Dutton, Michigan 49316
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A grassy unpaved hiking trail breaks off from the paved trails at the north end of the park, making a half loop around the playground and restrooms.

At the north end of the park, a 0.4 mile paved trail connects the park to the Fred Meijer M-6 Trail.

At the south end of the park, another short 1/3 mile long paved trail loops around the playground, shelter and picnic area.

The third trail connects the two sections of the park and features a scenic bridge in the middle over the creek.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

E Main St SE & Mill St SE
Caledonia, Michigan 49316
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Running along rail lines, the rail is fairly flat. It is paved with areas of asphalt, cinder and crushed stone.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

6030 76th St SE
Caledonia, Michigan 49316
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Natural surface looped hiking trail with some man-made walkways that measures just short of a mile.

This trail is gorgeous in the spring and fall, but can get slippery in the winter.

There are some steep hills.

Note that you can hear traffic noise from this park so it may not be the best for those looking to truly immerse in nature.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Hiking Trails

6030 76th St SE
Caledonia, Michigan 49316
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The natural surface hiking trail weaves through dense woods and over hills.

It's just shy of one mile in length and is an easy trail.

Trail Difficulty:
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly?

Cascade Township Park

Paved Walking Trails

2865 Thornhills Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
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The hiking/walking path loop is a one-mile paved trail that has a few hills.

If you are bringing toddlers or new bike riders, the flattest part of the loop is near the sand volleyball court.

Trail Difficulty:
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

2900 Thornapple River Dr SE,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
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Enjoy views of the Thornapple River as you along aside it on the short paved walking path.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Paved Walking Trails

Comstock Park
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49321
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The paved White Pine Trail linear State Park is a great place to walk, hike or bike.

It's 92-miles long and passes through several cities.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

6811 Alpine Ave
Alpine Township, Michigan 49321
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The natural surface, non-paved trails vary from wooded, creek views to endless, open field views.

Hiking trails are pretty easy, while the biking trails offer moderate to intense difficulty.

There are several wooden bridges crossing the creek that makes its way through the park, but the majority of the trails are dirt or gravel--so it’s best to leave the strollers behind.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Paved Walking Trails

650 Lakeside Drive
East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
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Paved trail goes around the lake. The park serves as an anchor for the four mile Reeds Lake Trail.

Trail Difficulty:
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

331 Cascade Rd SE
East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
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Short & easy natural surface trails.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

750 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
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Make your way around Reeds Lake (4.2 miles) in East Grand Rapids using the paved walking trail and side walks.

Stop off at Waterfront Park to peek through lily pads to spot wildlife, including birds, minnows and frogs.

The majority of the trail is paved, but users will find some natural surface and boardwalks along the way.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Use only for Plaster Creek Park playground

Paved Walking Trails

2401 Buchanan SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548
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Paved path winding in and out of woods and meadows.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Use only for MacKay Jaycees Park basketball court

Paved Walking Trails

2531 Kalamazoo Ave SE,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507
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Both paved and natural surface walking paths.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only

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Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

(24) Huff Park

2399 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
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The trails at Huff Park are pretty straightforward.

There’s a loop (about a mile in length) that consists of a paved path with a lengthy boardwalk that cuts through the middle.

The boardwalk also features a wetland overlook. You may spot red-winged blackbirds.

There are smaller, unpaved (and unmarked) paths that shoot off from the paved path if you’re looking for more of an adventure.

The boardwalk is great for strollers and younger hikers.

It goes over wetlands and crystal clear streams - fun to look for creatures when passing over the water.

Please note that bikes, scooters, rollerblades, and skateboards are not permitted on the boardwalks.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Use only for Ken O Sha Park view of woods through amplifier

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

1353 Van Auken SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508
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Ken-O Sha has one wide, paved trail, but the other natural trails wind through the woods.

There are some wooden paths here and there to help cross some more challenging areas as well as a bridge over a gorgeous creek.

You're sure to see some beautiful wildflowers and may even see some deer.

There may be fallen tree limbs across the path at times so it may be hard to push a stroller on the natural trails.

The wide paved walking path is great for strollers, wheelchairs, bikes, rollerblades and other wheels.

This path is shaded and follows the river.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

Hiking Trails

4585 Coit Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
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Natural-surfaced trails wind though wetlands, open fields, forests and along the edge of the river.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Not on trails

Meijer Gardens Conservatory Hunt

Paved Walking Trails

1000 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
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Meijer Gardens has endless walking paths that take you to many interesting destinations. There's the sculpture park route, which takes you past gorgeous waterfalls and the "giant horse," among other incredible sculptures.

Walk the Gwen Frostic Shade Garden on your way to the Michigan Farm Garden and then roam the breathtaking Japanese Gardens on your way back to the main building.

Not ready to head back inside? Explore the Meijer Garden wetlands on the Frey Boardwalk.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Use only for Highland Park garden

Paved Walking Trails

700 College NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
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There are some walking trails.

Trail Difficulty:

Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

4355 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
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Signage or trail markers are absent from this park. Bring a compass or phone to navigate if hiking.

If you follow the paved bike path down to white birdhouse, you can then take that gravel path down into the valley. You'll end near a concrete bridge with at a gorgeous sandy stream.

Or continue on from the bridge and follow the hard-packed dirt trail into the woods. These trails have a grove of pines, muddy crossings, ponds, open meadows, and lots of hardwoods.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

Grand Rivers Edge Trail

Paved Walking Trails

2872 Monroe Ave.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
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Trail is a total of 5.4 miles and is paved in asphalt. It is fairly flat and family-friendly.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Paved Walking Trails

2500 S Division Ave
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507
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One-third mile paved walking/jogging path.

Trail Difficulty:

Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Use only for Ball Perkins Park wetland overlook

Hiking Trails

1675 Perkins Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
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The serene pathway at Ball Perkins Park connects Ball and Perkins. It is great for walkers, bikers and dogs.

The pathway also leads to a small pond tucked back in the woods.

The trail is only 0.65 miles long one-way so it's perfect for families. Walk the trail several times to get in your steps.

Connect with nature without living Grand Rapids!

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Gravel Surface
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Blandford Wildlife Trail

Hiking Trails

1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
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Blandford Nature Center has TONS of trails that are perfect for exploring with kids. Most of the trails are flat and woodchipped, making it possible to navigate them with a jogging stroller.

Blandford’s trails are organized on a number system which makes it easy to figure out where you need to go when you’re on the trial (remember to ask for a map at the Visitor Center).

The trails at Blandford offer periodic breaks from hiking to learn a little more about the environment, various animals, and give kids a chance to play.

These interconnected trails give plenty of flexibility to how long of a hike you want to take. You can keep it short and sweet–or you can add on plenty of mileage by visiting the newly acquired Highlands, too.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Not on trails

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Hiking Trails

1750 East Beltline Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
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Covered in wood chips and mostly flat, this is a great spot for younger hikers. There are plenty of water features with places to stop and look for wildlife.

There are several different configurations of trails that you can take. The trails are marked, but not exceptionally well.

Trails are mostly wooded with lots of wetlands so come prepared with bug spray.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Paved Walking Trails

1836 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Missouri 49525
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The paved nature trail follows a 1.1-mile loop that most kids ages 3 and up can handle, and is also very stroller friendly.

It does go through a marshy-wetlands area, so if you plan on hiking bug spray would be a good call.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Paved Walking Trails

2001 Monroe Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
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The paved walking trail in Riverside Park offers a quiet oasis from the busy city life.

Expect to see a wide variety of birds and other wildlife throughout your hike through the large park.

Riverside Park is prone to flooding so plan accordingly after a heavy rain.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

2900 4 Mile Rd
Grand Rapids Township, Michigan 49525
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Pick your own path through the woods or climb a sand dune.

Hikers can expect to see lots of squirrels and birds - and even a teepee made with natural materials.

Kids will love running up and down the sand dune in the middle of the trails - and adults will appreciate the more strenuous climb.

Moderate to difficult with natural surface & sandy walking trails with lots of hills.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Paved Walking Trails

4264 Canal Ave
Grandville, Michigan 49418
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Paved walkways line the fishing pond. A dock with a wooden deck also juts out into the pond.

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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Hiking Trails

11220 Springhill Drive
Greenville, Michigan 48838
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This park offers short jaunts through the woods, connecting different areas of the park on natural surfaced trails.

The longest walking trail is about 1/2 mile long, running between the beach parking lot and the spring house near the boat ramp.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

Hiking Trails

4143 10th Street N
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
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This linear park is a 33.5 mile biking and walking path connecting Kalamazoo to South Haven, including the Kalamazoo River Trail in downtown Kalamazoo.

This gorgeous, shaded rails-to-trails path has so much to see along the way, through woods and farmlands, over and alongside streams and rivers.

Favorite stops include Camelback Bridge near Grand Junction and South Pier Lighthouse.

Bloomingdale is considered the midpoint and people love to stop here to check out the caboose and Depot Museum.

Van Buren Trail State Park connects in South Haven and provides 14 miles of additional trails.

The entire trail is limstone / slag. There are no major hills on the trail. However there is generally a slight grade favoring eastbound riders.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Gravel Surface
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

2238 3rd Ave
Holland, Michigan 49424
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Mt. Pisgah is a hiking trail that takes you up to some spectacular views you can’t find anywhere else.

To get to this elevation, there will be hundreds of stairs that take you up to a 360 degree view of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa.

After you step your way to the top of Mt. Pisgah, you can walk a narrow boardwalk and find more wooded trails to explore.

The winding trails through the woods are narrow, slightly hilly and often root-filled. There are a few variations that you can take once you get there.

Trail Difficulty: Difficult
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

1230 Paw Paw Drive
Holland, Michigan 49423
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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.

Half-mile paved walking path.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails

2215 Ottawa Beach Road
Holland, Michigan 49424
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Hike the sand dunes for some beautiful views!

Connects to Holland's system of trails.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

4260 144th Ave
Holland, Michigan 49424
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Network of 150 miles of trails of asphalt, boardwalk, concrete and crushed stone.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Quincy Park Playground

Paved Walking Trails

4260 144th Avenue.
Holland, Michigan 49424
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Paved and shaded by large trees.

Trail Difficulty:
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Saugatuck Dunes Feature

Hiking Trails

6575 138th Ave
Holland, Michigan 49423
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Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers four different walking trail loops at varying lengths from 2.5 to 5.2 miles, several of which lead to the sandy Lake Michigan shoreline.

Hikes lead through beautiful pine forests & sandy hills with natural surfaces and they all end at an overlook of the lake.

These trails are also very dog friendly but note they are not allowed on the beach.

Be sure to check out the trail map before your hike as they may not be readily available at the trailhead.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails

2700 New Holland St
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426
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Hudsonville Nature Center offers gorgeous, natural trails through the woods.

You may see wildflowers in bloom and all kinds of wildlife.

There are many different well-marked branches off the main trail to mix up your hike.

Take a rest on one of the many benches throughout the trails to stop and enjoy the natural beauty around you.

This is an easy hike for all ages, but is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Don't forget the bug spray!

Visit on your own or take one of the free guided hiking tours offered spring through fall.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

8212 28th Ave
Georgetown Township, Michigan 49428
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Dozens of trails snake through the gorgeous wooded area surrounding Hager Park.

You are sure to see a huge variety of wild flowers and wildlife throughout your hike. One of the trails has a bridge that crosses over a sandy creek.

While some of the trails are paved, most are not so they aren't very stroller or wheelchair friendly.

Bikes are allowed on paved trails only.

Hager Park has some paved walking paths, but the main draw are the trails through the mature trees.

The main Hager Park loop is 0.6 miles long.

Bicycles are not allowed on natural trails.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

Hiking Trails

9473 28th Ave
Jenison, Michigan 49428
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Three miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking or cross-country skiing.

Some steep hills among wooded, meadow and riverfront trails.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only

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Paved Walking Trails

7050 8th Avenue
Jenison, Michigan 49428
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A one-mile paved walking path travels around the lake.

Trail Difficulty:

Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Paved Walking Trails

8000 12th Avenue
Jenison, Michigan 49428
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A relatively flat 1-mile long paved pathway goes around the lake.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Grand Ravines Suspension bridge

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

3991 Fillmore Street
Jenison, Michigan 49428
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Off of the paved trails are many smaller, wooded trails that are fun for little explorers.

The trails along the river are flatter, while others offer elevation changes due to the ravines.

The park offers miles of hiking trails, with scenic payoffs along the way.

The walking paths near the Fillmore entrance are wide, paved and mostly flat - perfect for strollers.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

10th St
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001
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Linking Kalamazoo to Galesburg, this asphalt-paved rail-to-trail is 20+ miles.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

1035 68th St SE
Dutton, Michigan 49316
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Dedicated paved trail with a sidewalk segment in the center of the route.

Mix of flat pavement and small hills. Mostly sunny with occasional breaks of shade.

The trail has access to Creekside Park, Cutler Park and East Kentwood Public Schools complex along M-6.

Access Douglas Walker Park, Millennium Park and John Ball Zoo to the west and Paris Park and Caledonia Lakeside Park to the east along the Thornapple Trail.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Kirk Park Dune Trail Sneller

Hiking Trails

(55) Kirk Park

9791 Lakeshore Drive
West Olive, Michigan 49460
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Hike over natural terrain through the woods at Kirk Park.

Keep an eye out for gorgeous wildlife and views!

The hiking along the dune ridges involves over 500 stairs and steep drop-offs, which may prove very challenging for some hikers.

Most of the walking trails are through densely wooded terrain, so take mosquito and tick prevention measures.

Trail Difficulty: Difficult
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails

3560 Memorial Drive
North Muskegon, Michigan 49445
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Muskegon State Park has six trails, ranging from 0.75 miles to 5 miles long.

Check specific trails for the allowed methods of exploring it. Some are hiking only while others also allow cross-country skiing.

Hike along the Muskegon Lake shoreline for some fantastic views.

Climb the dunes, both open and wooded, to see views of both Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.

Choose the Hearty Hiker Trail for a hilly 1.75 mile hike through all kinds of terrain - including wild blueberries.

Watch for lugers in the winter along the Loop to Loop trail. You can also ice-skate part of this trail in the winter.

No matter which trail you hike, you will have some spectacular sights (including wild flowers and wildlife) and views.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

15295 8th Avenue
Marne, Michigan 49435
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The Musketawa Trail runs between Marne and East Muskegon.

Hikers and bikers will pass through orchards, farms and woods throughout their hike. Plus you can see 13 railroad trestles over Crockery Creek!

The historical center of the trail is Ravenna. The Friends of Musketawa Trail installed a 100-year old rebuilt railroad water tower, railroad signs and signals and metal arts bike rack and a railroad caboose.

Hike or bike through open farmland to East Muskegon and connect to the Laketon Trail and then on to the Muskegon Lakeshore Trail.

Stop at Pere Marquette Park off the Muskegon Lakeshore Trail to check out the beach, lighthouse, boating and the WWII submarine Silversides.

Catch a ferry and travel across Lake Michigan to Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

A newer, paved seven mile extension, the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail, goes from Marne eastward to Walker and will eventually connect to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail.

The trail is asphalt, but can be bumpy.

The 25-mile long trail is wide and paved, with wide gravel shoulders.

Several trailheads are available and a few observation decks meet you along the way.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

North Beach park dunes

Hiking Trails

18775 North Shore Drive
Ferrysburg, Michigan 49409
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North Beach Park is a great spot to climb sand dunes.

It's short a short, sandy trail to the wooden staircase.

Climb the stairs to the top of the dune and see incredible views of Lake Michigan.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Hiking Trails

8555 Olive Shore Ave
West Olive, Michigan 49460
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Trails are a mixture of sandy, natural surface and boardwalks.

Some trails are wheelchair accessible, and all steps are listed as ADA accessible.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Paved Walking Trails

4733 N Scenic Dr
Whitehall, Michigan 49461
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A paved half-mile walking path travels from the channel near Lake Michigan through the woods, past a boat launch on Duck Lake and ends up at the picnic pavilion and beach on Duck Lake.

Trail Difficulty:

Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Paved Walking Trails

1001 Harbor Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
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Paved trail network of several trails connecting lakeshore communities.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

2215 Ottawa Beach Rd
Holland, Michigan 49424
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Trail is 20 miles of asphalt and offers lots of rolling hills, which makes it more moderate in difficulty. It is more of a roadside trail than a nature trail.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

560-590 W Southern Ave
Muskegon, Michigan 49441
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Three plus miles of asphalt and concrete rail-to-trail linking Muskegon Lakeshore Trail with the Musketawa Trail.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

3510 Channel Dr
Muskegon, Michigan 49441
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Just shy of 12 miles and paved with concrete and asphalt.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

13925 Lakeshore Drive
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
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The main trail to the beach is a 0.7 mile (one way) hiking trail from the parking area to the Lake Michigan shoreline.

It can be strenuous - the hiking trail includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes and scenic views.

Once you get to the lake, there’s a smaller boardwalk loop that goes by the dunes. 

Some trails are wheelchair accessible and all stairs are designed to be ADA accessible.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Paved Walking Trails

Wood St & N Water St
Hart, Michigan 49420
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Trail is 22+ miles of asphalt paved surface.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Hiking Trails

11758 Buchanan Street
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
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Enjoy a hike through the woods of Robinson Township near Grand Haven on the one-mile natural surface walking trail.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only

Hiking Trails

18161 North Shore Drive
Ferrysburg, Michigan 49409
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Lots of well marked, wooded trails through the dunes.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only

PJ Hoffmaster State Park Muskegon Michigan

Hiking Trails

6585 Lake Harbor Road
Muskegon, Michigan 49441
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P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon has over 10 miles of walking trails to choose from.

Enjoy walking the seemingly endless beachfront you can hike once you get there.

One of the park’s main attractions is the dune climb along the Dune Overlook Trail, an approximately half-mile roundtrip climb with about 220 steps and benches along the way.

Learn more about the dunes at the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

8115 West Olive Road
West Olive, Michigan 49460
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Hemlock Crossing has six miles of walking trails that will take you through stunning landscapes.

A start near the pedestrian bridge weaves across the Pigeon River. Follow the shade (pack your bug spray) through the trails here and find some cool boardwalks.

There are plenty of spots to pause and admire the riverside and look for wildlife.

The majority of the trails are not stroller-friendly.

There aren’t any significant stair climbs and just a few moderate inclines, so a baby carrier would be a great addition for hiking Hemlock Crossing.

Across from the main parking lot (by the modern restrooms), you can find another trailhead that leads to some paved paths through a beautiful, sun-filled meadow.

The colors of the flowers are incredible!

This short loop is stroller friendly.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails

18153 N Shore Drive
Spring Lake, Michigan 49456
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The park includes forested dunes, an 80-acre inland lake, river views, and wetlands.

Most hikers like to hike around the lake - that's about a 2-mile hike.

One big draw is the bald eagle nest perched high in a tree.

The sandy walking trail is not shaded and is mostly flat.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Fitzgerald Park Grand Ledges

Hiking Trails

133 Fitzgerald Park Drive
Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837
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Trails are plentiful here. Be sure to use the restroom before exploring, as the park is huge and there are miles of walking trails.

The trail to the ledges (ancient sedimentary rock outcroppings lining the shores of the Grand River) can be a little tricky to find - find the paved path near the Ledges Playhouse to start this trail.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas, Playground or main areas only

Fallasburg Park Covered Bridge

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

1124 Fallasburg Park Dr. NE
Lowell, Michigan 49331
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A section of the North Country Trail passes through Fallasburg Park.

There are various hiking trail options at Fallasburg Park, some paved and some through woods.

The hike from the main enclosed shelter to the covered bridge and then back up past the creek is a relatively easy (though longish) walk, but you’ll want a baby carrier for smaller kids.

TIP: While Covered Bridge road does take you back in time in a way, remember that you’re still walking on a paved road that cars occasionally travel on – be extra watchful of small children.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

Grand Riverfront Park Lowell

Paved Walking Trails

12200 Grand River Dr SE
Lowell, Michigan 49331
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The paved walking paths here are smooth and stroller-friendly. The path is one-mile long on the South Park side and offers views of the Grand River. This would be a great place for kids learning to bike ride to practice.

The walk over the bridge is very nice and pets on a leash are welcome. You can easily walk from the South Park to the North Park to get ice cream in the summer when the concessions are open.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

11715 Vergennes Street
Lowell, Michigan 49331
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Four loop walking trails that are relatively short and easy to hike with children, if you're up for a challenge you could use a jogging stroller here. My favorite part is the hike through the tall pines.

Trails are open dawn until dusk 365 days a year. There are about 3 miles of trails.

Leashed dogs are welcomed. Horses are allowed on the Corncob Corner Trail. The Luminary Hike in December is a holiday highlight.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Ludington State Park Scripps

Hiking Trails

8800 M116
Ludington, Michigan 49431
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Hiking trails are extensive and varied - from 30 minute to three hour hikes.

Each of the eight trails (covered 18 miles total) has natural terrain, but varies in skill level and length. Plus each trail has different, unique features.

You can hike alongside marshes or the beach, through the woods or over sand dunes.

Stop to explore Big Sable Point Lighthouse, launch a kayak or rent a boat at Hamlin Lake, learn historical and natural facts about Ludington State Park or fish along the river or dam.

Change it up and explore watery coves and small islands connected with foot bridges or along the boardwalk. Hike through the air on the completely elevated Skyline Trail where you might be able to see 20 miles to Silver Lake State Park.

Get a Trails Map in advance to get specific trail details, including length and hike time.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail, Gravel Surface
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Paved Walking Trails

955 Cottage Grove Ave
Fremont, Michigan 49412
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Trail is paved, fairly level and good for beginners.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Townsend Park

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

8280 6 Mile Road
Rockford, Michigan 49317
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A one-mile natural surface hiking trail loops through a large pine plantation on the park's north end and crosses a creek.

The northern 80-acre section of the park is hilly with a mix of pine stands, wetlands, natural woods, and open areas.

Townsend Park connects to the paved Cannon Township Trail, which is great for walking or biking.

Cannon Trail is four miles long, winding through Townsend Park, woods, open areas, marshes, and wetlands, and eventually ends at Cannon Township Center at 6878 Belding Rd NE, Rockford.

You can also access the 1-mile long starter mountain biking trail from the Cannon Township Center. The Cannon Township Mountain Bike Trail loops through the woods and is a great way to test out mountain biking without a big commitment.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Feature Brower Lake

Hiking Trails

8748 Je-NE-Be Dr NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341
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The quiet and secluded one and a half mile trail loops through the forest. The hike is a fairly easy one, although there are some hills.

There are benches scattered throughout the trail for taking a rest or enjoying the forest. Be sure to pack along bug spray, as the two lakes and trees draw the bugs.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails

5950 10 Mile Rd NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341
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Almost 10 miles of well-marked trails for hiking and biking.

The green loop (shortest) is mostly shaded and weaves through woods and over a tranquil creek.

The blue trail is double the length of the green trail, but is relatively flat and also recommended for younger kids.

The yellow, orange, red and black loops are a bit more challenging.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Paved Walking Trails

10401 Algoma Ave NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341
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A .64 mile paved walking path surrounds the park.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Hiking Trails

8320 Belmont Ave NE
Rockford, Michigan 49306
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The 6 miles of trail is built through an old growth forest. Beautiful beach trees, giant oaks and maples. Large ravines, marshes and huge side slopes.

Merrell Trails is well marked with arrows and intersection posts displaying marker numbers and maps.

Since it was built for mountain bike riders and consists of shared trails, it may be best to leave little wandering hikers at home.

The mountain bike trail is part of a larger park system that will eventually include ball diamonds, an archery center, soccer fields and a bmx park.

Expect to encounter fast rolling downhills, long climbs, berms, skinny log rides, cedar bridges, boulder roll overs and jumps.

The trail is closed to all user groups when wet or during the spring thaw. This trail system open to biking, snowshoeing and hiking all year long, including night riding.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

6300 Belshire Ave
Belmont, Michigan 49306
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Rogue River Park has a natural surface hiking trail through the woods along the river. The main loop is 1.25-miles long, with several short spurs to parking areas.

The hiking trails can be accessed from the White Pine Trail trailhead off Belmont Ave NE (6240 Belmont Ave in Belmont). This is separate from the main recreation area off Belshire Ave NE

The park also serves as a trailhead for the multi-use paved White Pine State Park Trail.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Pickerel Lake Park boardwalk feature image

Hiking Trails

6001 Ramsdell Rd NE
Rockford, Michigan 49317
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Visitors to Pickerel Lake will enjoy great views of the lake and surrounding woods while you walk the two mile loop.

The most popular part of the walking trail is the stroller-friendly boardwalk that extends out into the lake.

Or opt to follow one of the many off-shoots from the main trail for a more rigorous hike on challenging terrain.

Natural surface trails with a few hills.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Paved Walking Trails

Lovejoy Ave
South Haven, Michigan 49090
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Trail is 14 miles of mostly dirt and gravel, with some stretches of grass and sand. It is not ideal for strollers with smaller wheels, but those with larger wheels might do ok.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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Hiking Trails

16190 Red Pine Dr.
Kent City, Michigan 49330
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There are 12 different well-marked natural surface hiking trails at HCNC. Each is designed for walking, running, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Trails range from 0.25 miles to 1.5 miles. Pick up a trail map at the Welcome Center and decide which habitats you'd like to explore. Options include wooded, marsh, bog, farmland, forests, ponds and lakes.

Wildflowers and wildlife are abundant and vast.

Some unnamed trails are meant for limited activity to allow wildlife privacy, but are used during special programs.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

Paved Walking Trails

152 N State St
Sparta, Michigan 49345
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Paved pedestrian trails.

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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Hiking Trails

22200 24th Avenue
Casnovia, Michigan 49318
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These well-maintained trails are perfect for hikers of all ages, from kids to adults.

Expect great views of the lake and creek throughout the mile long hiking trails.

Wildflowers are at their peak from mid-April through May.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Johnson Park open space

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

2600 Wilson Ave
Walker, Michigan 49534
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Johnson Park is divided into two main sections. The trails in the southern main portion has wooded natural hiking trails.

Hikers will discover all kinds of wildlife throughout the park.

There is also a paved trail in this portion of Johnson Park, perfect for biking.

The northern end of the park is hillier.

No matter which end you hike, it will be through the woods so be sure to bring the bug spray.

Park connects to Millennium Park through the Kent Trails system for a nice long bike ride or walk. There is also a paved path for biking and nature exploration.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

Fred Meijer Standale Trail

Paved Walking Trails

4243 Remembrance Rd NW
Walker, Michigan 49534
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The 6.5 mile trail is mostly flat with occasional hills.

Trail has beautifully landscaped paved paths, elevated boardwalks and a tunnel that travels under Lake Michigan Drive.

The north/south portion of the trail travels through several neighborhood areas.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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Hiking Trails

1415 Maynard Ave SW
Walker, Michigan 49534
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Millennium Park offers a whopping 18 miles of interconnected trails. Hike through wetlands and wooded areas, over lakes, and in open areas. Those not afraid of heights will want to climb the soaring boardwalk on the east side of the park.

Most of these trails are paved, but there are some off-shoot trails that are natural surfaces. Their detailed trail map notes which trails are paved or natural surface.

In addition to being stroller-friendly, you can also take a bike, scooter, or any human-powered device on the trails.

As part of the Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network, Millennium Park trails connect with Kent Trails and with a City of Grand Rapids trail along Wealthy Street SW, establishing easy access to Millennium Park from southwest communities. A trailhead with seasonal restrooms at the north tip of the park provides a perfect launching point for trail enthusiasts.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

1415 Maynard Ave SW
Walker, Michigan 49534
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Links John Ball Zoo to downtown Byron Center.

Following abandoned railroad lines, the trail it mostly flat so it is perfect for families to bike, walk, ski or rollerblade.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Aman Teepee Boy

Hiking Trails

(93) Aman Park

0-1859 Lake Michigan Drive NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49534
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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 at Aman Park are densely wooded, so bug spray is strongly recommended.

The walking 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.

If you want to find the wildflowers in the spring, choose the red trail.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Paved Walking Trails

4050 Byron Center SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49519
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Wide paved trail winds along Buck Creek.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Hiking Trails

1275 52nd St SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49509
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Natural surface trails along wooded spaces and wetlands.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Paved Walking Trails

1380 42nd St SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49509
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Get in your steps on the paved half-mile walking and biking path around Oriole Park.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Buck Creek Nature Trail Wyoming Pearson

Hiking Trails
Paved Walking Trails

4269 Burlingame Ave SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49509
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Buck Creek Nature Preserve has a beautiful hidden walking trail.

Hikers love to see all the different wildlife along the peaceful trail - even tame deer.

Half mile of natural surfaced trail and boardwalk.

The paved walking path starts at the parking lot and leads to adjacent Lemery Park.

It is flat and easy for all mobility levels.

It is not a loop.

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Paved Walking Trails

2301 De Hoop Ave
Wyoming, Michigan 49509
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One mile paved loop path with exercise equipment along the way.

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Paved Walking Path
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Helder Park playground

Paved Walking Trails

3751 104th Avenue
Zeeland, Michigan 49464
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Walking paths are paved and plentiful.

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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas