Grand River Pathway


Grand River Pathway Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Kent
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: Grandville Clean Water Plant just off Baldwin St. and Kent Trails on Indian Mounds Dr. SW
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6408326
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Grand River Pathway Description

The Grand River Pathway provides an important connection between Jenison in Ottawa County and the extensive Kent Trails system in Kent County. With bridges over Rush Creek and Buck Creek and an underpass at 28th Street/Wilson Street, the trail is the safest way to travel between Georgetown Township and Grand Rapids, avoiding busy Chicago Drive and active railroad tracks completely.

The west end of the trail winds through dense woodlands adjacent to the Grand River. Grandville’s Buck Creek Trail branches off from this segment, passing under Interstate 196 on its way to Wedgwood Park and city neighborhoods. Near the 28th Street/Wilson Street bridge, the Grand River Pathway continues onto Indian Mounds Drive as a split road, with the north lane dedicated to bidirectional bicycle and foot traffic and the south lane open only to eastbound automobile traffic.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Grand River Pathway can be found at the western trailhead at the Grandville Clean Water Plant just off Baldwin Street (near Jenison). The main trailhead is located at the western end of Indian Mounds Drive in Grandville; restrooms are also available here.

Grand River Pathway Reviews

I went down the trail 6-24-13. The trail was horrible because it had long patches of mud. I barely made it through the mud and fallen tree limbs. It had a 12 inch tree fallen over the trail.
I called the city of Grandville about the condition. They told me they would get to it when they can. It sounded like it was going to be dead last on their priority list.

Shady, beautiful trail, avoids traffic, scenic view of creek and river.
EXCELLENT for Bicylists.

I use this trail for commuting to work. Recently acquired a snow bike in hopes of using to continue commute through winter. Unfortunately the trail is not cleared in winter, which is a shame. Grandville does clear the Buck Creek Trail in Winter, it would be nice if they would do the same for the River Trail.

This is a nice trail that connects Jenison to Grandville and the Kent Trails. It is very shaded and runs right near the river. However, if you are riding a bike, I would skip this section of trail.

I live in Georgetown Township, and love to ride the Kent Trails/Millenium Park. I was thrilled to have this trail. However, the far west end of the trail near the Grand River is a mess. With any moderately heavy rain (which happens several times a year), the river floods and the trail is completely flooded. Not a little wet, but 3-12 inches of water! People walk around the flooding, which is creating large ruts on the high side of the trail.

Past the flooded trail and along the banks of the river, the trail stays wet in the shade and grows a very slimy, greasy, slippery scum that is dangerously slick. One of the few times I rode this trail (on my way back from Rockford), my bike slid out from under me while riding relatively slow in a straight line. I messed up my shoulder, ripped my clothes, broke my helmet, and dinged up a brand new bike. I talked to the Kent County Parks department about the trail conditions, and they were unimpressed with my observations.

My advice *if you are going to bike the trail* is to find another access point to the trails/Kent Trails/Millenium Park. It is probably fine if you are looking for a place to walk.


Makes a nice little connector trail so that you can park in Jenison and ride to the Kent Trails or Millinium trails. It can be impassable in the spring when the river and creek rise. Can be buggy or muddy also depending on the season. Mid summer on is OK. I have heard that there is also going to be a connector from Grandville to this trail in the near future. I'm guessing it will follow Buck Creek under the expressway.

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