Lepard Park in Caledonia, MI

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About Lepard Park in Caledonia
6030 76th St SE, Caledonia MI 49316
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check mark 40x40 navy blue Open: Open 7 AM - sunset during May - October
check mark 40x40 navy blue Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash
52 acres of densely wooded hills and valleys are what you'll find at Lepard Park.

With the main trail measuring just under one mile, Lepard Preserve is perfect for little legs who want to get out and explore nature!

While hiking the main trail loop, you can find a series of educational signs explaining various topics, including native plants, animals and processes that helped shaped the preserve.

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Lepard trail


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Hiking Trail Details
check mark 40x40 navy blue Trail Difficulty: Easy
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.

Facilities at Lepard Park
No bathrooms available.

Lepard Park Features & Amentities
Dog Friendly, Free Admission, Hiking Trails, Shaded

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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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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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7 thoughts on “Lepard Park in Caledonia, MI”

  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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