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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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.

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

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.

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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Saugatuck Dunes State Park trail

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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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