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

Hiking and Walking Trails Directory Grand Rapids

Hiking & Walking Trails – Grand Rapids & West Michigan

Hiking West Michigan is a snap – there are so many places to choose from, and so much beautiful scenery at each location that it makes it one of our top choices for outdoor things to do in West Michigan.

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 they live are all the same, and not as varied or well-kept as in Michigan.

Don’t wait to experience Michigan in all four wonderful seasons on a trail near you.

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Searchable Hiking & Walking Trails Directory

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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Cascade Peace trail boy

8900 Grand River Dr SE, Ada MI 49301

About this Walking Path
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.

*Note* This park allows bow hunting in season.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: Just under 4 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year. Dawn to dusk.

Seidman Park spring

8155 Conservation St NE, Ada MI 49301

About this Walking Path
This is an excellent place to put some miles on your shoes. Trails are mostly wooded, passing through rolling hills.

Right after you hit the trail, there’s a bridge with an active creek babbling through. Beware that this creek can cause the trails to be very muddy.

A hiking backpack would be preferable to bringing a jogging stroller. These trails are not handicap accessible.

Shortly after the yellow trail connects to the blue, there's a wooden boardwalk. Be sure to follow its twists and turns as you hunt for wildlife.

Hiking is the primary way to enjoy Seidman Park in warm weather months. It is a popular place for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the wintertime.

Don't forget the bug spray!

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 4 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open daily during daylight hours.

Roselle Park biking girl

1010 Grand River Dr NE, Ada MI 49301

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.5 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

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13507 68th Ave, Allendale MI 49401

About this Walking Path
The scenery can't be beat on the Eastmanville Bayou trails as they go alongside the Grand River.

You'll often see fisherman and kayakers on the river.

The natural hiking trails are mostly flat, but can be muddy and buggy.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.2 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
5am to 10pm year-round

Pigeon Creek trail boy walking on trail

12524 Stanton Street, West Olive MI 49460

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 4 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours.

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2120 76th St SW, Byron Center MI 49315

About this Walking Path

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.

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

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

About this Walking Path

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

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 42 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

6030 76th St SE, Caledonia MI 49316

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open 7 AM - sunset during May - October

2865 Thornhills Avenue SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

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

About this Walking Path

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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 8.3 miles one-way

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Comstock Park, Grand Rapids MI 49321

About this Walking Path

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.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

wahlfield green trail

6811 Alpine Ave, Alpine Township MI 49321

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 6.5 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round from 7 AM to sunset

Manhattan Park Ward sled hill

331 Cascade Rd SE, East Grand Rapids MI 49506

About this Walking Path
Short & easy natural surface trails.

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Reeds Lake Trails scooter

750 Lakeside Drive SE, East Grand Rapids MI 49506

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 4.2 mile loop

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Huff Park trail boardwalk

2399 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

Use only for Ken O Sha boardwalk
Use only for Ken O Sha paved walking path

1353 Van Auken SE, Grand Rapids MI 49508

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1.7 mile loop

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

4585 Coit Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

About this Walking Path
Generally considered an easy route, it takes about an hour to walk this 2.6 mile loop.

The natural-surfaced trails wind though wetlands, open fields, forests and along the edge of the river.

Beware that it's on the Grand River flood plane and can get wet and muddy when the water levels are high.

Pack the bug spray!

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.6 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open May 1 - October 31; Open 7 AM to sunset

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1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 3.6 mile loop

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

Open:
Open year round

Crahen Valley Park hiking big hill Grand Rapids

4355 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 3.1 mile loop

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Open:
Open May 1 – Oct 31

free downtown grand rapids discovery walk

2872 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids MI 49505

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 5.4 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

Use only for Ball Perkins Park natural trail

1675 Perkins Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505

About this Walking Path
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 leaving Grand Rapids!

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.65 miles

• Gravel Surface
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Blandford Nature Center Trails

1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504

About this Walking Path
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.

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Trails open all year, dawn to dusk.

Calvin Eco trails stream

1750 East Beltline Ave. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

Open:
Dawn to dusk year round, see the website for current Bunker Interpretive Center hours (varies by time of year)

Grand Rapids Township Park Nature Trail Loop

1836 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1.1 mile loop

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

Open:
Open May 1 - October 31; Open 6 AM to sunset

2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505

About this Walking Path

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.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Feature Provin

2900 4 Mile Rd, Grand Rapids Township MI 49525

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.8 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round from 7 AM to sunset

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

4143 10th Street N, Kalamazoo MI 49009

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.

• Gravel Surface
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

Mt Pisgah trails woods

2238 3rd Ave, Holland MI 49424

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.4 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Difficult

Open:
Open March 1 - October 15; 7 AM to 10 PM; October 16 - February 28 7 AM to 8 PM

1230 Paw Paw Drive, Holland MI 49423

About this Walking Path
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.

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
March 1 - October 15: 7:00AM - 10:00PM; October 16 through February 28: 7:00AM - 8:00PM

2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland MI 49424

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from 8 AM to 10 PM

saugatuck dunes state park pine tree hike

6575 138th Ave, Holland MI 49423

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1.5 - 5.5 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open daily during daylight hours.

Hudsonville Nature Center trail Ward

2700 New Holland St, Hudsonville MI 49426

About this Walking Path
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.

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year; 6 AM to 9 PM

Hager Park Hunt walking path

8212 28th Ave, Georgetown Township MI 49428

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.6 mile loop

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Year Round

9473 28th Ave, Jenison MI 49428

About this Walking Path
Three miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking or cross-country skiing.

Some steep hills among wooded, meadow and riverfront trails.

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from 7 AM to 8 PM

Grand Ravines Park Covered Bridge

3991 Fillmore Street, Jenison MI 49428

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.5 - 3 miles

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

10th St, Kalamazoo MI 49001

About this Walking Path

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

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

1035 68th St SE, Dutton MI 49316

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.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

Dog Kirk Park Fall

9791 Lakeshore Drive, West Olive MI 49460

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1.2 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Difficult

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year; from 7 AM 10 PM March 1-October 15 and 7 AM to 8 PM October 16-February 28

2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland MI 49424

About this Walking Path

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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 11 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

snowshoeing in muskegon mi

3560 Memorial Drive, North Muskegon MI 49445

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.75 miles to 5 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from 8 AM to 10 PM

15295 8th Avenue, Marne MI 49435

About this Walking Path
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.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

North Beach park trees

18775 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg MI 49409

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.67 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Open:
March 1 - October 15: 7:00AM - 10:00PM October 16 - February 28: 7:00AM - 8:00PM

Olive Shores map

8555 Olive Shore Ave, West Olive MI 49460

About this Walking Path
Trails are a mixture of sandy, natural surface and boardwalks.

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

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.5 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

Open:
Open April 1 until the first snowfall: 7AM - 10PM

Duck Lake 9

4733 N Scenic Dr, Whitehall MI 49461

About this Walking Path
The 2.8 mile loop through the woods is a gorgeous hike no matter what time of year. It's also good for cross-country skiers.

It can be extremely buggy - especially after rain - so don't forget the bug spray.
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.8 miles

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
8 AM to 10 PM

1001 Harbor Avenue, Grand Haven MI 49417

About this Walking Path

Paved trail network of several trails connecting lakeshore communities.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland MI 49424

About this Walking Path

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.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

560-590 W Southern Ave, Muskegon MI 49441

About this Walking Path

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

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 3 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

3510 Channel Dr, Muskegon MI 49441

About this Walking Path

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

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 12 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

Rosy Mound Stairs

13925 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven MI 49417

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.2 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Open:
April - September: 7 AM - 10PM; October - March: 7 AM - 8PM.

Wood St & N Water St, Hart MI 49420

About this Walking Path

Trail is 22+ miles of asphalt paved surface.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 22+ miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

11758 Buchanan Street, Grand Haven MI 49417

About this Walking Path
Enjoy a hike through the woods of Robinson Township near Grand Haven on the one-mile natural surface walking trail.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
April 1 - December 1: Open daily from 9 AM until dusk. Walk-ins during winter months are allowed.

18161 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg MI 49409

About this Walking Path
Lots of well marked, wooded trails through the dunes.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: Varies

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from 8 AM to 10 PM

Hoffmaster trails views

6585 Lake Harbor Road, Muskegon MI 49441

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 10 miles total

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Hemlock trails girl hiking

8115 West Olive Road, West Olive MI 49460

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 6 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

ottawa sands trail michigan access road

18153 N Shore Drive, Spring Lake MI 49456

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.9 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Ledges Park Fitzgerald Park Michigan 1

133 Fitzgerald Park Drive, Grand Ledge MI 48837

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.6 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from 8 AM to dusk

Fallasburg Park walk in woods Hunt

1124 Fallasburg Park Dr. NE, Lowell MI 49331

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.1 miles

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
May 1 - October 31; Open 7 AM to sunset

Walking Trail at Grand River Riverfront Park Lowell

12200 Grand River Dr SE, Lowell MI 49331

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Year round 8 AM - dusk

11715 Vergennes Street, Lowell MI 49331

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Ludington State Park Sand Dunes

8800 M116, Ludington MI 49431

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: Covers 18 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail, Gravel Surface
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from 8 AM to 10 PM

955 Cottage Grove Ave, Fremont MI 49412

About this Walking Path

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 5.5 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

Townsend Park Hiking Trail
Townsend Park connects with Cannon Trails
Townsend Park connects with Cannon Trails 1
Townsend Park connects with Cannon Trail

8280 6 Mile Road, Rockford MI 49317

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 4 miles

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round from 7 AM to sunset

Brower Lake Hiking boy

8748 Je-NE-Be Dr NE, Rockford MI 49341

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1.5 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year.

Luton Trail

5950 10 Mile Rd NE, Rockford MI 49341

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 10 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round, 7 AM to sunset

8320 Belmont Ave NE, Rockford MI 49306

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 6 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round from 7 AM to sunset

6300 Belshire Ave, Belmont MI 49306

About this Walking Path
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.

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

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

Pickerel Lake Park walking boy

6001 Ramsdell Rd NE, Rockford MI 49317

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Open:
Open year round during daylight hours

Lovejoy Ave, South Haven MI 49090

About this Walking Path

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.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City MI 49330

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 0.25 miles to 1.5 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Trails open year round from 7 AM to sunset; Interpretive Center open Friday-Sunday 11AM- 4PM.

22200 24th Avenue, Casnovia MI 49318

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1 mile loop

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

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

Johnson Park nature trail

2600 Wilson Ave, Walker MI 49534

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1.5 miles

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open May 1 - October 31; Open 7 AM to sunset

4243 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker MI 49534

About this Walking Path

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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 6.5 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

Millennium Park trail feature image

1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker MI 49534

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 18 miles

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
May 1 - Oct 31; 7 AM - sunset

1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker MI 49534

About this Walking Path

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.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year

Aman Park Bluebells

0-1859 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids MI 49534

About this Walking Path
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 At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.3 miles

• Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Moderate

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year.

Palmer Park trail map

1275 52nd St SW, Wyoming MI 49509

About this Walking Path
Palmer Park has 2.2 miles of trails through the woods. Expect to see lots of wildlife -- and bugs.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 2.2 miles

• Paved Walking Path, Natural Hiking Trail
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open year round from 7 AM to sunset

Buck Creek Nature Trail Wyoming Pearson

4269 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming MI 49509

About this Walking Path
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.

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

3751 104th Avenue, Zeeland MI 49464

About this Walking Path

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.

Trail At-a-Glance
• Trail Length: 1.7 miles

• Paved Walking Path
•Trail Difficulty: Easy

• Trails are Stroller-Friendly

• Dog-Friendly

Open:
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

West Michigan Walking Trails and Hiking Map

We’ve taken a map of West Michigan and plotted favorite family walking trails, parks, and more on it to make it easier for you to find your next outdoor destination.

Use the map or look below for reviews on all of our best walking trails in Grand Rapids and beyond.

Find Walking Trails Near Me

Hemlock Crossings Trail Hunt
Hemlock Crossings trail in West Olive even has a beaver dam!

Tips for Using Hiking & Walking Trails

Keep these tips in mind while hiking the walking trails of Grand Rapids.

  1. It’s common courtesy to 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 make any hike an adventure.
  7. Check for ticks when you’re done (Read this helpful info about ticks in West Michigan)
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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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