50+ Grand Rapids Hiking & Walking Trails That are Perfect for All Ages

Hiking and Walking Trails Directory Grand Rapids

Directory of Hiking & Walking Trails – Grand Rapids & West Michigan

Hiking West Michigan kids is a snap – so many places to choose from, and so much beautiful scenery at each location that it makes it one of our top choices for recreational activities.

Most of these walking trails are free (some charge a small fee or a parking fee). We’ve checked a lot of these hiking trails off of our list and can’t wait to add some more before the year is over.

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Directory of Hiking & Walking Trails – Grand Rapids & West Michigan

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Roselle Park Trails in Ada

1010 Grand River Dr NE, Ada MI 49301

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH
Ride, run, or walk down the flat paved pathway through a beautiful nature preserve full of wetlands, prairie, and forest.

This path is a great place to take your young child and their bike, whether they’re pedaling with training wheels, using a balance bike, or scooting along on their own.

*Mosquitos can be bad depending on the season.

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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Whistlestop Park Trails in Bryon Center

2120 76th St SW, Byron Center MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail Trails in Caledonia

E Main St SE & Mill St SE, Caledonia MI 49316

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

Running along rail lines, the rail is fairly flat. It is paved with areas of asphalt, cinder and crushed stone.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

Cascade Township Park Trails in Cascade

2865 Thornhills Avenue SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

Comstock Park to Rockford via the White Pine Trail Trails in Comstock Park

Cedar Springs, Belmont, Rockford & More, Grand Rapids MI

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

White Pine Trail Linear State Park Trails in Comstock Park

Comstock Park, Grand Rapids MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Manhattan Park Trails in East Grand Rapids

331 Cascade Rd SE, East Grand Rapids MI 49506

Manhattan Park Ward sled hill

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH
Short & easy natural surface trails.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Reeds Lake Loop Trails in East Grand Rapids

750 Lakeside Drive SE, East Grand Rapids MI 49506

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH
Make your way around Reeds Lake (4.2 miles) in East Grand Rapids using the paved walking trail and sidewalks. Most of the trail is shady but there are parts in full sun.

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 surfaces and boardwalks along the way.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Huff Park Trails in Grand Rapids

2399 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Trails in Grand Rapids

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round

Grand River Edges Trails in Grand Rapids

2872 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids MI 49505

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

It includes over 2 miles of trail through Riverside Park, and its downtown loop passes many downtown attractions and landmarks.

Following the trail will also bring you back and forth across pedestrian bridges across the river.

Trail is a total of 5.4 miles and is paved in asphalt. It is fairly flat and family-friendly.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

Grand Rapids Township Park Trails in Grand Rapids

1836 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

Grand Rapids Township Park Nature Trail Loop

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

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.

OPEN HOURS
Open May 1 - October 31; Open 6 AM to sunset

Riverside Park Trails in Grand Rapids

2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH
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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

Holland State Park Trails in Holland

2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland MI 49424

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH
Hike the sand dunes for some beautiful views!

The Holland Dune Trail is a 1-mile, out-and-back trail that takes visitors to the top of the Mount Pisguah sand dune.

You'll be greeted with awesome views of Lake Michigan, but the trail does not provide direct access to the water.

The trail includes stairs and goes along a wooded trail and connects to Holland's system of trails.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year, from 8 AM to 10 PM

Grand Ravines Park Trails in Jenison

3991 Fillmore Street, Jenison MI 49428

Grand Ravines Park Covered Bridge

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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.

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Open all year
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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

Linking Kalamazoo to Galesburg, this asphalt-paved rail-to-trail is 20+ miles.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

Fred Meijer M-6 Trail Trails in Kentwood

1035 68th St SE, Dutton MI 49316

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

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.

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Open all year

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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.

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Open all year

Musketawa Trail Trails in Lakeshore Area

15295 8th Avenue, Marne MI 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.

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Open all year

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Paved trail network of several trails connecting lakeshore communities.

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Open all year

Lakeshore Trail Trails in Lakeshore Area

2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

Laketon Trail Trails in Lakeshore Area

560-590 W Southern Ave, Muskegon MI 49441

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Three plus miles of asphalt and concrete rail-to-trail linking Muskegon Lakeshore Trail with the Musketawa Trail.

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Open all year

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail Trails in Lakeshore Area

3510 Channel Dr, Muskegon MI 49441

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Just shy of 12 miles and paved with concrete and asphalt.

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Trail is 22+ miles of asphalt paved surface.

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Walking Trail at Grand River Riverfront Park Lowell

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

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.

OPEN HOURS
Year round 8 AM - dusk

Fremont Town and Country Trails in Northern Michigan

955 Cottage Grove Ave, Fremont MI 49412

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Trail is paved, fairly level and good for beginners.

The 5.5 mile Town & Country Path currently starts at the north end of Fremont and circling in and around west and southerly to Fremont Lake Park and then westerly to the Fremont Industrial Park.

There's one section that connects Branstrom Park with Daisybrook and Pathfinder Elementary Schools and another section connecting the new Skate Park with Fremont Lake Park.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

Townsend Park & Cannon Trail Trails in Rockford

8280 6 Mile Road, Rockford MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round from 7 AM to sunset

Rogue River Park Trails in Rockford

6300 Belshire Ave, Belmont MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
May 1 through October 31: Open from 7 AM to sunset

Grose Park Trails in Sparta

22200 24th Avenue, Casnovia MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
Open April 1 - October 31; 7 AM to 10 PM

Fred Meijer Standale Trails in Walker

4243 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker MI 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.

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Open all year

Millennium Park Trails in Walker

1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
May 1 - Oct 31; 7 AM - sunset

Kent Trails Trails in Walker

1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker MI 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.

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Open all year

Buck Creek Nature Preserve Trails in Wyoming

4269 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming MI 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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

Helder Park Trails in Zeeland

3751 104th Avenue, Zeeland MI 49464

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Walking paths are paved and plentiful.

The main perimeter trail is 1.7 miles. Since it's fully paved, it's very stroller friendly and is an easy walk.

The northwest section of the western trail loop (also 1.7 miles) is more of a natural area with the likelihood of seeing wildlife. This section is not stroller friendly.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

Etiquette & Tips for Hiking & Walking Trails

Here are some things to keep in mind while hiking the walking trails in Grand Rapids.

  1. Stay on the right side of the path when others are approaching.
  2. Wait your turn on the stairs.
  3. Pack in and pack out your trash.
  4. Bring sunscreen and bug spray (we keep a set in the trunk of our car so we’re always prepared!)
  5. Bring water for everyone.
  6. Binoculars and/or a compass can making any hike an adventure for a child
  7. Check for ticks when you’re done (Read this helpful info about ticks in West Michigan)
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Saugatuck Dunes State Park trail

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to live where we do. West Michigan has incredible scenery! And we have so many well kept trails and state parks in our area with different things to see.

I have friends in other parts of the U.S. who miss their Michigan home, saying that all the trails where the live are all the same, and not as varied or well-kept as in Michigan.

So don’t take this place for granted, friends! And don’t wait to experience Michigan in all four wonderful seasons on a trail near you.

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7 thoughts on “50+ Grand Rapids Hiking & Walking Trails That are Perfect for All Ages”

  1. Be careful when going to aman park. You will need bug spray. Lots of mosquitoes!! Other than that highly recommended 🙂

  2. We went to the Calvin College Nature Preserve. I didn’t realize their trails were free and open until sunset. Grabbed fellow mom, Allison Hoogheem Kampmueller and her kids, and off we went! It was beautiful! Thanks for posting the info.

  3. We went to the Calvin College Nature Preserve. I didn’t realize their trails were free and open until sunset. Grabbed fellow mom, Allison Hoogheem Kampmueller and her kids, and off we went! It was beautiful! Thanks for posting the info.

  4. Mel – you have officially made my job easier at church as I plan out hikes for our high school students to train on before we head to Colorado. Muchas Gracias sister!

  5. This is so great. We’ve been looking for trails that are near and a little further.
    this is so helpful. thank you!

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