Trail at Riverside Park
The City of Grand Rapids has several trails and natural areas that are considered gemstones of the area.
A 331-acre site, Aman Park has been preserved as a natural area with hiking and cross-country ski trails. This park has interpretive signs and six self-guided trails ranging from .8 mile to 1.5 mile loops. Aman Park is located on Lake Michigan Drive - approximately 6 miles west of the City. See our Aman Park Trail Guide.
This six-acre site beautifully illustrates the restoration of land from the original agricultural domain of the area. Left to re-vegetate for the past 80+ years, this area has a trail under a dense canopy of trees. Burton Woods is located off Jefferson south of Burton SE, just south-west of Garfield Park.
Plaster Creek Trail:
Beginning at Ken-O-Sha Park School (1353 VanAuken SE) and following Plaster Creek, this pathway offers interpretive signs and a stunning display of spring-blooming wild flowers along the creek's bank and wetland areas. The trail is approximately 2.7 miles in length and serves two purposes: a non-motorized trail for recreational use, and flood protection/mitigation.
This park's acreage along the Grand River offers a refreshing and beautiful natural environment within the City. The Park has extensive walking paths and vistas overlooking the river. The Riverside Park trail is 2.2 miles from Ann Street north to the highway overpass and 1.5 miles from the southernmost boat launch to the northernmost boat launch.
A comprehensive plan encompasses a downtown Grand River "boardwalk" trail and other watershed trails which will connect local trails to regional and statewide trails. The interconnected parks and pathways along the Grand River offer what will be a continuous loop, on both sides of the Grand River from Fulton Street north to Sixth Street. Walking this route, you will encounter a variety of art in park sites as well as historic interpretive markers explaining significant events in Grand Rapids history. Much of the downtown system is operational and an abandoned railroad bridge has been purchased to connect separate local trail systems and link with regional and statewide trail systems. The final trail systems will connect users to existing trails north to Cadillac (100 miles) and south to Barry County (50 miles).
Other Local Trail Information and Maps:
Please download the following publications for more information regarding trails located in Kent County.
Kent County Trails