Stitched through the fabric of the state's second largest metropolitan area, the Kent Trails system weaves together a resource that is both scenic and valuable. Resulting from the collaborative effort of six governmental entities, this system provides a unique opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors close to home.
As the trail threads through the urban patchwork, it passes industrial sites, winds along and over the Grand River, runs beside and under Interstate 196, and meanders through the rural countryside. All of this, tied together by the abandoned railroad, road corridors, surface streets and easements donated by private landowners to create the linear trail.
For more information please see the Trail Websites.
Parking and Trail Access
The northern end of the trail can be reached from John Ball Park, which offers a zoo and parking. Head south from the park (by road) to the trailhead, which is across the street next to the Coca-Cola bottling plant, to begin your adventure. In Byron, limited parking is available where the trail ends on 84th Street.
A trail map is available on the first Trail Website listed under the Resource Center.
More than Byron Center to 44th Street
Having ridden all of Kent Trails north of M6, I would like to respond to the previous post of 'travelguy'. Due to the lack of signage, I am sure there is a lot of misunderstanding regarding the extent of Kent Trails. The continuous dedicated pathway heading ...
Great suburban/rural trail
First off, I'm not sure why a lot of reviewers say they do the "section between 44th and Byron Center". That's not a section of the trail, it's the entire lengh of the trail. It goes no further on either end. There is another trail that connects to it ...
I find this trail mostly easy. I bike the 44th to 84th a lot and going towards 84th is slightly uphill, but there is a McDonalds and an ice cream shop nearby and makes it worthwhile before you coast back down to 44th.
If you keep going and want to ...