Grand Haven Waterfront Trail


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Grand Haven Waterfront Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Ottawa
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Lake shore at Grand Haven State Park and Coho Drive (Grand Haven)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016116
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Grand Haven Waterfront Trail Description

Grand Haven's Waterfront Trail is scenic route from the shore of Lake Michigan inland along the Grand River a short ways. You'll find shops and eateries, as well as plenty of boats, on the Grand River, as well as nice places to sit and enjoy the view from one of the landscaped parks. At the 3rd Street bridge, the trail crosses the river to Harbor Island.

Parking and Trail Access

Park at the end of Coho Drive on the island or at Grand Haven State Park along S. Harbor Drive.

Grand Haven Waterfront Trail Reviews

Recently re-opened in August, 2018 after 2 years of renovations on Grand Havens South Pier Catwalk.
Along the pier you can bike or walk.
The trail runs from Grand Haven State Park, the Lighthouse Pier and into and past Downtown Grand Haven.
Many shops and places to eat along the trail. Some on-road sections but there is a large berm to accommodate cyclists.
Be sure to take in a sunset from the Lighthouse pier over Lake Michigan.
There are two Lighthouses along this pier.

Note to riders; Must ride slow and walk often as this path is full of pedestrians on a sunny day. Beautiful beach and amazing shopping.

Nice paved trail along the water-Grand River and Lake Michigan. You will pass the Coast Guard. You will see the Grand Haven Lighthouse. Eateries and shops along the way. Accommodations in Grand Haven. Campground in Grand Haven as well.

We did this trail several times (by bike, and on foot) during the week when we stayed in Grand Haven. During the day wasn't too crowded but in the evening there were more people on it.

I am thinking that weekends and during the Summer it might be more crowded.

The trail goes by some shops right along the trail if you want to pick up some Grand River attire (t-shirts/hoodies). This is at the end farthest from the Lighthouse. The town end. See photo's

Awesome sunsets. The pier gets pretty wet so you may want to park your bike at the beginning and walk out.


This is a very nice trail for sightseeing along the Grand River in Grand Haven.
Western half along the Grand River channel can be very crowded on weekends and holidays and should be avoided with bikes and other wheeled devices.

"This is a beautiful trail. That said, however, this trail is not great for in-liners. There is a lot of sand and homeowners that water the trail with sprinklers. The trail is not cleaned often. It's suitable for slower bike riders."

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