Crahen Valley Park in Grand Rapids, MI

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About Crahen Valley Park

Address: 4355 Leonard St NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Most of the park is located in a deep valley not visible to those just driving by. The park offers a relatively flat, paved bike trail looping around a large lawn area up top, with gravel, dirt, or grassy hiking trails as you head into the valley to the small, sandy creek.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Crahen Valley Park lives up to its name, as most of the park is located in a deep valley not visible to those just driving by. The park offers a relatively flat, paved bike trail looping around a large lawn area up top, with gravel, dirt, or grassy hiking trails as you head into the valley to the small, sandy creek.

Hiking Trail Details

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.

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Something Unique About This Destination

To find the sandy stream at Crahen Valley Park, follow the paved bike path till you see a white birdhouse at the top of a gravel path.

There is a trail across the meadow all the way at the bottom of the hill.

Follow the trail for a short distance and you’ll find a concrete bridge with access to the sandy stream.

This stream was made for splashing on a warm day!

My foot got drenched trying to cross the stream. It was truly an adventure.

Because there are no marked trails or signage – and many different hiking trails that crisscross the area – it can be hard to know which way you’re going or how to get back to where you started. Bring a phone with a map app or a compass to help you navigate.

Crahen Valley Park Features

  • Creek Stomping
  • Dog Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Hike with a Payoff
  • Hiking Trails
  • Lake or River
  • Paved Walking Path
  • Paved Bike Path
  • Picnic Tables
  • Shaded
  • Urban

Facilities: No restrooms. Picnic tables and a few benches.

The Crahen Valley Park Master Plan includes a list of amenities families will love, like an ice skating pavilion, fishing pond, and themed-playground. Other future plans include year-round restrooms, walking trails, fat-tire bike trails, and cross country ski trails.

Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

Time of Year? Open May 1 – Oct 31