Merrell Trail in Rockford, MI

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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.

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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.

Park Managed by West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance

About Merrell Trail in Rockford
8320 Belmont Ave NE, Rockford MI 49306
Park Website
Open: Open year round from 7 AM to sunset
Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash
Two-wheeled thrill seekers will love the excitement and variety on the mountain bike paths at Merrell Trails.

This park is geared toward intermediate and experienced riders as it has a number of fast descents, table top jumps, roots, rocks and elevated bridges and structures.

While this park is open to pedestrians as well, it was designed specifically for mountain bike riders.

Merrell Trail is a multi-use trail system.

Unique to Merrell Trail is that the trails are one way traffic assigned by the day of the week. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays the bike riders must follow the yellow arrows. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday the bike riders must follow the red arrows.

Please yield to hikers and trail runners who may be going the opposite direction.

Hiking Trail Details
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
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.

Facilities at Merrell Trail
Restrooms are available

Merrell Trail Features & Amentities
Dog Friendly, Free Admission, Hiking Trails, Mountain Biking Trail, Restrooms

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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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 “Merrell Trail in Rockford, 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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