Wittenbach Wege Center: Discover Pristine Trails, Farm Animals, and a Hidden Cabin

Wittenbach Wedge nature center narrow

Lowell’s Wittenbach Wege Center: Everything to Know Before You Visit to Hike or See the Animals

wittenbach wege center

11715 Vergennes, Lowell, MI 49331

natural hiking paths through woods
Trail Length: 1 mile
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs Allowed? Yes, but they must be on a 6-foot leash.
Facilities: Modern restrooms.
Stroller Friendly? No
Time of Year Accessible: Open year-round.

WEBSITE

The Parks, Playgrounds & Trails Directory is proudly presented by John Ball Zoo. We are grateful for their support!

JBZoo parks series banner John Ball
There are many exciting adventures at John Ball Zoo this year.  Come see the Koalas and join us for all the favorite, fun events like Superhero Day, Princess Day, Kids Day and more.  For more details, visit JBZoo.org.  

The Wittenbach Wege Center (WWC) in Lowell is a must-hike for families with young kids! We had such a lovely morning exploring everything they have to offer.

There many diverse offerings at WWC. From an educational Visitor Center to darling farm animals and from awesome trails to a tranquil pond, we couldn’t get enough of this place.

The Visitor Center is stocked with information about the local wildlife, has modern restrooms, and, according to my five-year-old, some “dead animals” (aka taxidermy animals).

The staff was friendly and told us we were more than welcome to peek around.

Wittenbach Wege Center is one of over 50 walking trails in West Michigan.

Things for Kids to Look for at Wittenbach Wege Center

Behind the Visitor Center is a very peaceful, shaded pond. We spotted a couple of frogs instantly and had to keep looking for an elusive turtle. (One of these hikes we are bound to find one!)

wittenbach wege small pond

Before we hit the trails, we also had to go see who was so noisy over by the barn.

We were so pleased to find the cutest sheep, chickens, and a couple of pigs. I had to peel my kids away from the animals in order to get to the trails–they were certainly a highlight of our trip.

Feature Whittenbach Trail

Petting Farms and Animal Farms for Kids to Visit »

Wittenbach Wege Center pond with lilypads

The Trails at Wittenbach

Wittenbach Wege is 140 acres and has about five miles of trails.

The trails are well-marked and well-maintained; we had no trouble navigating them. There are several different lengths of loops available making it easy to hike with children of any age.

  • Corncob Corner Trail | .96 miles
  • Trillium Ridge Trail -| .64 miles
  • Chickadee Chatter Loop | 1.39 miles
  • Conifer Crossing Trail | .70 miles
Wittenbach Wege Center hiking nature center Lowell 1

We made our way around parts of both the Chickadee Chatter loop and the Trillium Ridge trail.

Wittenbach Wege Center hiking nature center Lowell 3

There are parts of these trails that you probably could manage a jogging stroller on, but for the sake of your sanity, I don’t recommend it.

Wittenbach Wege Center hiking nature center Lowell

The cabin in the woods (on the Chickadee Chatter loop) was a highlight for both my kids! We stayed there for far longer than I would’ve thought. 

Lowell trails
Wittenbach Wege wildflowers
Find More Hiking Trails GIF
Things to Do in Grand Rapids

Map of Grand Rapids Parks and Trails

Find your next outdoor adventure near you with our map of the best hiking trails, playgrounds and parks in West Michigan.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.