Grand Rapids was named the “Best Town for Mountain Biking” by Outside Magazine in 2010, and it has only improved to be a great place for commuting and leisure riding. You can find many types of biking routes, from paved pathways to car-free trails, all around Grand Rapids.
Here are some of the best Grand Rapids bike trails Michigan has to offer.
The Buck Creek Trail is an easy 2.1-mile ride that spans between 34th Street and Wayburn Ave to Grand River. It’s a fully paved trail and there are plenty of trees to offer shade during your ride.
The Forest Hill Trails connects about 50 miles of pedestrian paths, bike trails, boardwalks, and bridges. This network of trails stretches across Ada Township, Cascade Township, Grand Rapids Township, and Kent County Parks. Bike through several township and county parks for a beautifully scenic ride!
The entire Grand River Edges Trail connects Downtown Grand Rapids to Kent Trails and Millenium Park. The Grand River Edges Trail Loop is a 2.1-mile segment of the trail that is one of the more popular Grand Rapid bike trails for both visitors and local residents. Starting from Fulton Street to the 6th Street Bridge, you can ride by several different attractions, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Devos Place Convention Center, and Fishladder Park.
Kent Trails is a 15-mile rail trail that takes you through the urban, suburban, and rural areas of Grand Rapids, Grandville, Walker, Wyoming, and Byron Township. Many riders like to make a day trip of riding Kent Trails, starting from the Millennium trailhead and ending at Byron Center.
The Musketawa Trail runs along the now-defunct Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and Indiana Railroad line and has five different access points. During this 26 miles paved trek, enjoy scenic rural farm roads in Ottawa County that contribute to a peaceful weekend ride. Along the way, you will also find various railroad memorabilia that have been added by the Friends of the Musketawa Trail.
Reeds Lake is one of the largest inland lakes in the area and offers many trails and paths that are perfect for biking. The Reeds Lake Trail is 4.5 miles long surrounding its namesake and passes through two beautiful parks. This short and sweet loop is also conveniently close by to shopping and restaurants in the area.
Roselle Park is a 240-acre nature preserve that was originally owned by the Ada Beef Company. While bikes are not allowed on the nature trails, there is a 2.5-mile paved trail loop that is perfect for the whole family to ride.
The White Pine Trail is a long, 92 mile trail and begins in Grand Rapids and ends in Cadillac, Michigan. While there are many points to access this trail, there are just three paved sections: the first is a 22 mile stretch between Comstock Park and Sake Lake, the second is a 13 miles stretch between Big Rapids and Reed City, and the last is 16 miles between Leroy and Cadillac. The remainder of the trails are covered in packed gravel or cinders for a more off-road biking experience.