Hiking Trails Near Grand Rapids

Moving To Grand Rapids

Searching for “hiking trails near me” in Grand Rapids reveals an abundance of parks and trails, overwhelming in their variety. As a newcomer to the city, I yearned for nature’s embrace, only to find Millennium Park’s paved paths instead of the rugged trails I anticipated. While stunning, it wasn’t the wilderness adventure I envisioned.

How I Started Hiking

Growing up in a small town surrounded by woods, I cherished exploring nature both as a child and adult. Building forts and venturing into uncharted areas became my favorite pastime. Over time, I realized how crucial these moments in solitude were for my mental and physical well-being.

Transitioning to city life, I felt lost without my weekly hikes. Seeking solace in nature, I embarked on a quest to discover new woods. Along the way, I unearthed hidden gems that revitalized my spirit. Despite my reluctance to share, here are my top 5 hiking spots!

Top 5 Hiking Trails Near Grand Rapids

It took me three years to find the best hiking trails, so here are the top 5:

Number One: Lamoreaux Park

Lamoreaux Park is easily my favorite slice of woods and hiking trail. There is a 1.5 mile loop that is both riverside and wooden. You can hike the loop or explore Mother Nature, where you can expect to find some hidden gems. This is the park that I find the most seashells for art projects, take the most pictures, and I have even followed a deer trail or two. This park is my go-to when I need some mental peace of I want to move my body and get out of my head.

Number Two: Provin Trails

If you are looking to both go for a hike and eat a snack of picnic, Provin is the place for you. Scattered throughout the woods there are little lean to forts that are perfect for a private rest between hiking. Moreover, there is a little sand dune in the middle of the park that is beyond fun to roll down, though I warn you that coming back up is far harder than going down. You can

Number Three: Ball Perkins Park

If you want to go for a hike/walk with water views, Ball Perkins Park is a great choice. This is a straight trail, 1.3 miles, instead of a loop and a more leisurely hike. The path is predominately gravel and somewhat narrow with absolutely stunning views. If you like watching water, something I have done since I was little, you won’t be disappointed as there are great lookouts to enjoy the views. You can often see someone walking their dog on this trail so if your furry friend also needs a walk, don’t hesitate to bring them along for the ride.

Number Four: Ken-O-Sha Park

Ken-O-Sha Park is a great option if you are looking for a more family oriented and accessible park, this paved trail has something for everyone. You can both explore the wilderness and play a game of basketball or baseball. There is also a picnic area that is great for a mid hike lunch. If you have younger kids, they may also really enjoy the playground in between smelling the wildflowers. My absolute favorite experience when walking through Ken-O-Sha park was when I walked across the bridge, went right and followed the path nearest to the river to see the salmon mating in mid May. There were 10s if not 100s of salmon flopping about the river and it felt like a nature documentary unfolding before my eyes. It was an experience that I will remember for many more years to come.

Number Five: Millennium Park

Although Millennium Park did not offer the strictly wilderness experience that I initially was searching for, it is undeniable how lovely this park is. This extremely large park has something for everyone, any time of year. Whether it is going for a swim, hiking through the woods, or even cross country skiing in the winter, this is an amazing place to be. You can even rent kayaks and canoes for a water adventure! Every time I visit Millennium Park, I am pleasantly surprised.

Happy Hiking!

Now that you know some of my favorite hiking trails, hopefully if you are in the Grand Rapids area you feel inspired to go for a hike. Hiking trails are not all the same and every time I put on my boots, I know that a lovely few hours are ahead of me. Even when I deviate from the trail and get lost, something that has happened more times than I want to admit, it has been nothing short of lovely at each of these hiking trails.

Please feel free to share your hiking experiences, your favorite hiking trials, or any special spots in Grand Rapids with us! You can find us on social media or email us  at your favorite hiking trails. I assure you, I will appreciate challenging my top 5 favorites. Happy hiking!

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