When the snow melts and the first signs of spring peek through, nothing compares to a scenic hike along a peaceful Pure Michigan trail — especially with your nature-loving little ones in tow! Scout out a few of our favorite Grand Rapids kid-friendly trails and get ready to take in all the epic natural beauty, best shared together as a family!
Blandford Nature Center Trails (Grand Rapids)
There’s arguably nowhere better to adventure as a family than through the outdoor oasis of Blandford Nature Center. Enjoy eight well-groomed trails that cover over a mile of grounds, and weave your way through the wetlands, meadows, and forests with your little ones laughing and smiling all the way.
While you’re at Blandford, be sure to sign the kids up for one of their interactive seasonal camps — including Spring Break Camp, Summer Camp, and Winter Break Camp!
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve (Grand Rapids)
Explore 44 acres of public forest and wetlands — plus a native plant garden — along over a mile of trails. Let your littles “ooh” and “ahh” at more than 200 species of plants, trees as old as 250 years, and countless species of wildlife along their walk.
Check out the Bunker Interpretive Center, where kids can star in their own puppet show, read a storybook, and keep exploring — and be sure to swing by the Butterfly House from June – September to see native butterflies and nectar plants up close!
Townsend Park Hiking Trail (Cannonsburg)
Hike along scenic Bear Creek with your littles, where you’ll see everything from an extensive pine plantation to a boardwalk over natural wetlands. Cozy in for a family picnic among the wooded hills (or beneath the open-air picnic shelter) and let the kids have a blast at all three separate playground areas.
Knapp Valley Forest Park (Grand Rapids Twp.)
With its main trailhead conveniently tucked away behind the ball diamond of Knapp Valley Forest Elementary, this natural-surface trail winds through 87 acres of undeveloped natural area, perfect for your little explorers!
Luton Park (Rockford)
Just off 10 Mile Road in Rockford, you’ll find this family-friendly gem: a multi-use park packed with 9.7 miles of well-connected trails. Let your kids explore the native prairies, pines, hardwoods, and marshes as they take three different bridge crossings over Rum Creek.