Ball Perkins Park in Grand Rapids, MI

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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.

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About Ball Perkins Park in Grand Rapids
1675 Perkins Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
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check mark 40x40 navy blue Open: Open year round during daylight hours
check mark 40x40 navy blue Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash
Ball Perkins Park is a city dweller's escape to nature.

Follow the 2/3 mile multi-use trail to a scenic pond overlook, complete with benches to take in your beautiful surroundings.

Hikers love Ball Perkins Park. You'll feel like you're alone in the woods -- even though you're still in the middle of Grand Rapids.

You can even find geocaches on the trails - or spot wild turkeys and deer.

The relatively flat, crushed stone trail makes for an easy hike.

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Hiking Trail Details
check mark 40x40 navy blue Trail Difficulty: Easy
The serene pathway at Ball Perkins Park connects Ball and Perkins. It is great for walkers, bikers and dogs.

The pathway also leads to a small pond tucked back in the woods.

The trail is only 0.65 miles long one-way so it's perfect for families. Walk the trail several times to get in your steps.

Connect with nature without leaving Grand Rapids!

Use only for Ball Perkins Park natural trail

Facilities at Ball Perkins Park
There are a few benches along the trail to stop and rest and take in the beauty around you. One picnic table is on-site.

There are no restrooms available so be sure to plan ahead.

Ball Perkins Park Features & Amentities
Dog Friendly, Free Admission, Hiking Trails, Mountain Biking Trail, Shaded, Urban

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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 “Ball Perkins Park in Grand Rapids, 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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