Plaster Creek Trail


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Plaster Creek Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Kent
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail end points: Ken-O-Sha Industrial Park Dr. at Ken-O-Sha Park and Buchanan Ave. & Centerfield St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6589264

Plaster Creek Trail Description

The Plaster Creek Trail provides a non-motorized way to access Grand Rapids neighborhoods via a pleasant, tree-lined route. The path meanders along a tributary of the Grand River from Ken-O-Sha Park to just past the Salvation Army Kroc Center at Division Avenue. The trail follows along city sidewalks at 28th Street SE/Route 11 (eastbound to Eastern Avenue) and Eastern Avenue (westbound to 28th Street).

Plans call for the trail to continue northwest from Division Avenue, connecting with the Oxford Street trail, which connects to Millennium Park, a gateway to many other trails.

Parking and Trail Access

A parking lot is available at the trailhead in Ken-O-Sha Park on the trail's eastern end.

Plaster Creek Trail Reviews

Cool and shady in the eastern half.

Cool and shady in the eastern half.


I found the trail just wandering around my mom's neighborhood. There is a nice, flat concrete path that is shaded and quiet. What's really cool though are the many dirt/sand trails that snake through the forest, mostly next to the creek. There must be a few miles, bc I haven't seen all of them yet.

A nice trail

I biked it today, Easter 2016 and thought it was a pleasant trail. I did the trail ont he East side of Eastern and thought it felt almost secluded and out of the city, besides the industrial buildings to the one side. I imagine in the summer they aren't seen but right now the trees are bare and I could see right past them. Very quiet, passed several people walking dogs.

I crossed eastern heading towards division and the path ended quickly and abruptly and turned into a dirt path, which split off in two directions. Unsure which led where, I turned around and went home.

minus the one side being incomplete, the side that was finished was quite pleasant and I will be biking it again sometime with my mom when it gets warmer. If they ever complete the other side, it'd be a 5 star trail, very nice to walk or ride on a Sunday morning or afternoon.

Nice city trail

Walked the section between 28th (by Eastern) to Division and starting out it was actually really nice. Path is paved and wide with lots of shade. It sort of wanders away from Plaster Creek for most of it and you can almost forget the city is nearby. Near the Madison area a small section of pavement has crumbled and there is a nice orange fence there which makes me think this is a decently maintained path. Closer to Division there is a concrete wall on one side separating backyards from the trail and there was a lot of graffiti (gang related) as well as trash. Saw no one at all the entire round trip which makes me think this is a very under used trail. Did not do the section off Eastern so would be interested in hearing how that area is or if anyone has had any issues with anything.


Great Short Hike

This is a little gem is nestled between Eastern and Kalamazoo Ave. just south of 28th st.
Yes, it's a short trail and ends abruptly, but is a pleasant hike for a lunch break. Especially considering its location. A pleasant surprise.

Trail ends without notice

I was thrilled this trail was just down from my house. I Started on the trail and loved it. Suddenly, the trail ended and split into two foot paths. Not knowing where I was, I took off in one of the directions, to be thrown out into a neighborhood. Knowing I was suppose to pass over 28th street, I knew I had chosen the wrong path. So I back tracked and found a couple walking the path and asked them if they knew how to get to 28th street. They pointed to the other path (not as well worn) and I took off on that. Again this is a very wooded area and paths are not marked you are walking by a small river so just follow that. Finally I came to a very steep incline that I had to get up, to get to 28th Street, which you are at right in the middle of Eastern and Madison. After waiting for the traffic to clear I ran across and again was put on an excellent trail. Please finish this trail, it would be great to walk on and not be afraid of traffic and deralics hanging out in the woods.

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