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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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.

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.

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

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 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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