While we all need to do our part by practicing safe social distancing, there are still ways to get the kids outside for some fresh air, sunshine, and a little fun in nature!
Check out these paved Grand Rapids bike trails that are great for families, and enjoy some time spent outdoors together, safely.
If you do decide to venture out on the trails, be sure to follow all local, state, and federal guidelines — and keep in mind these tips:
Practice safe social distancing: Keep your family at least six feet apart from anyone you encounter on your outing, at all times.
Teach the kids trail etiquette: When others are approaching, move to the right side of the path, or pull over completely and come to a stop to let them pass.
Plan ahead: Remember that park facilities like restrooms, visitor centers, and playgrounds are currently closed to the public. Keep your trips timed to your kids’ needs and explain that the playground’s off-limits so they’ll know what to expect.
Check the lot: If you pull in and see a parking lot that’s more than half-full, choose a different trail to explore that day, or come back and try again at an off-time.
Keep clean: Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly before and after your adventures on the trails.
Fred Meijer Millennium Park Trails (Grand Rapids) 18 miles of mostly-paved trails through one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Choose a ride length that fits your family from this Millennium Park Trails Map — or try the Sandy Hansen Shoreline Trails to loop around the park’s peaceful inland lakes (and bike over boardwalks for up-close waterfront views)!
Grand River Edges Trail Loop (Grand Rapids) Popular, 2.1-mile loop of the larger Grand River Edges Trail that connects Downtown Grand Rapids to Kent Trails and Millennium Park. Pass by favorite attractions like the Grand Rapids Public Museum (so the kids can daydream about the next time they’ll get to ride the carousel) and watch for fishermen as you bike by Fish Ladder Park!
Fred Meijer White Pine State Trail (Grand Rapids) 92-mile trail stretching from Grand Rapids north to Cadillac, with several paved sections nearby perfect for family rides. Try the 4.2-mile stretch from Comstock Park to Belmont so the kids can say they pedaled past Fifth Third Ballpark, or opt for the flat, paved four-mile stretch from Belmont to Rockford for a cool, mostly-shaded ride.
Reeds Lake Trail (East Grand Rapids) 4.2-mile ride looping gorgeous Reeds Lake, one of the largest inland lakes in the area. Soak up the waterfront views when you take off from John Collins Park, then follow the mile markers clockwise around the lake, as far as you’d like. You can even hop off at Hodenpyl Woods to explore its 0.9-mile Wildflower Trail by foot — and see how many varieties the kids can find from this tree & plant list!
Roselle Park Loop (Ada) 2.5-mile paved trail loop tucked within the 240-acre nature preserve of Roselle Park — and an enjoyable ride for all ages. Make the ride as short or as long as you’d like (circuited trails make it easy to head back if anyone gets tired). While you’re here, have the kids track how many turtles, frogs, and butterflies they find along the way!
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