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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Musketawa Trail Trails in Lakeshore Area

15295 8th Avenue, Marne MI 49435

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

North Beach Park Trails in Lakeshore Area

18775 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg MI 49409

North Beach park trees

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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.

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

Olive Shores Trails in Lakeshore Area

8555 Olive Shore Ave, West Olive MI 49460

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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.

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

Duck Lake State Park Trails in Lakeshore Area

4733 N Scenic Dr, Whitehall MI 49461

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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.

OPEN HOURS
8 AM to 10 PM

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Paved trail network of several trails connecting lakeshore communities.

OPEN HOURS
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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail Trails in Lakeshore Area

3510 Channel Dr, Muskegon MI 49441

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

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

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

Rosy Mound Natural Area Trails in Lakeshore Area

13925 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven MI 49417

Rosy Mound Stairs

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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.

OPEN HOURS
April - September: 7 AM - 10PM; October - March: 7 AM - 8PM.
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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH

Trail is 22+ miles of asphalt paved surface.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year

Robinson Township Park Trails in Lakeshore Area

11758 Buchanan Street, Grand Haven MI 49417

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH
Enjoy a hike through the woods of Robinson Township near Grand Haven on the one-mile natural surface walking trail.

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

Coast Guard Park Trails in Lakeshore Area

18161 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg MI 49409

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ABOUT THIS WALKING PATH
Lots of well marked, wooded trails through the dunes.

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

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park Trails in Lakeshore Area

6585 Lake Harbor Road, Muskegon MI 49441

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Hemlock Crossing Trails in Lakeshore Area

8115 West Olive Road, West Olive MI 49460

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year, from dawn to dusk.

Ottawa Sands Park Trails in Lakeshore Area

18153 N Shore Drive, Spring Lake MI 49456

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Fitzgerald Park Trails in Lansing

133 Fitzgerald Park Drive, Grand Ledge MI 48837

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year, from 8 AM to dusk

Fallasburg Park Trails in Lowell

1124 Fallasburg Park Dr. NE, Lowell MI 49331

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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.

OPEN HOURS
May 1 - October 31; Open 7 AM to sunset

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

Wittenbach Wege Center Trails in Lowell

11715 Vergennes Street, Lowell MI 49331

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round during daylight hours

Ludington State Park Trails in Northern Michigan

8800 M116, Ludington MI 49431

Ludington State Park Sand Dunes

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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.

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

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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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round from 7 AM to sunset

Brower Lake Nature Preserve Trails in Rockford

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

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year.

Luton Park Trails in Rockford

5950 10 Mile Rd NE, Rockford MI 49341

Luton Trail

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open year round, 7 AM to sunset

Merrell Trail Trails in Rockford

8320 Belmont Ave NE, Rockford MI 49306

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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.

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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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.

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

Pickerel Lake Park Trails in Rockford

6001 Ramsdell Rd NE, Rockford MI 49317

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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.

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Open year round during daylight hours
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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.

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Open all year

Howard Christensen Nature Center Trails in Sparta

16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City MI 49330

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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.

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

Grose Park Trails in Sparta

22200 24th Avenue, Casnovia MI 49318

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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.

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

Johnson Park Trails in Walker

2600 Wilson Ave, Walker MI 49534

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open May 1 - October 31; Open 7 AM to sunset

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

Aman Park Trails in Walker

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

Aman Park Bluebells

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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.

OPEN HOURS
Open all year.

Palmer Park Trails in Wyoming

1275 52nd St SW, Wyoming MI 49509

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

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Open year round from 7 AM to sunset

Buck Creek Nature Preserve Trails in Wyoming

4269 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming MI 49509

Buck Creek Nature Trail Wyoming Pearson

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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.

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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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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.

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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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