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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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

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

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.

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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