The Grand River Edges Trail runs in loops on the east and west banks of the Grand River near downtown Grand Rapids. At the south end, the trail crosses back and forth over the river via pedestrian bridges, linking many city attractions, including several parks, some museums, the university and the planetarium. Shops, hotels and the convention center are also nearby. This southern segment runs between Fulton Street W. and Coldbrook St. NW.
A disconnected northern segment runs between Ann Street and N. Park Street, just north of US 96. From here the trail crosses the bridge to the west side of the river to link up with the White Pine Trail State Park
There are plans to extend the Grand River Edges Trail both north and south of its current end points and to join the two disconnected segments.
For the northern segment, park on the east side of the river at South Riverside Park (the end of Knapp Street NW between the river and Monroe Avenue NW). You can also park at North Riverside Park (~2872 Monroe Ave.)
For the northern segment, parking is available in downtown Grand Rapids and at Canal Street Park, 6th Street Bridge Park and Fish Ladder Park.
I have always preferred trails through woodlands and farmland. But I really enjoy this ride into downtown for a fun change of pace. Actually, I find it quite relaxing, often not aware that busy city streets are not far away. I would not suggest this trail ...