Olive Shores in West Olive, MI

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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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About Olive Shores in Lakeshore Area
8555 Olive Shore Ave, West Olive MI 49460
Park Website
check mark 40x40 navy blue Open: Open April 1 until the first snowfall: 7AM - 10PM
check mark 40x40 navy blue Dogs Allowed? No
Olive Shores offers guests a perfect place to hike and take in the natural beauty of the area.

Hiking trails are both sandy and boardwalks, with steps to multiple observation decks poised to showcase Lake Michigan.

Afterwards, sink your toes into the cool sand and water on the swimming beach.

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Hiking Trail Details
check mark 40x40 navy blue Trail Difficulty: Easy
Trails are a mixture of sandy, natural surface and boardwalks.

Some trails are wheelchair accessible, and all steps are listed as ADA accessible.

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Facilities at Olive Shores
Modern restrooms and picnic areas.

What's Unique About Olive Shores?
A scene from the movie "Road to Perdition" was filmed on one of the observation decks.

Olive Shores Features & Amentities
Accessible, Beach, Hiking Trails, Lake or River, Parking Fee, Picnic Tables, Restrooms

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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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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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Hemlock Crossings trail in West Olive even has a beaver dam!

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7 thoughts on “Olive Shores in West Olive, 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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