• Olivia Moran

Hiking around West Michigan!

This summer looks a lot different then the ones many of us are used to. The events, vacations, and community activities have all been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19. That being said, you may be in search of fun activities to keep yourself and your family busy.

If you are unaware of all of the great trails and parks that West Michigan provides for hiking, you're missing out! Listed below are some of our favorite hikes for great exercise and stunning views. Hiking is a great way to get out of the house while still responsibly social distancing, something we are all yearning for this summer!

Provin Trails Park (Grand Rapids, MI): Known as a great place to run or walk your dog, its 46-acre, <2 mile property provides plenty of space to explore and keep your distance. It is also conveniently located right down the street from Robinettes, so stopping for doughnuts and cider after your hike would make a day of it!

Cascade Peace Park (Ada, MI): If you are looking for a hike to test your skill a bit more than Provin Trails, look no further! Heavily wooded with some fairly steep hills, it makes for a beautiful and tiring hike. Don't forget your bug spray if you do head out here, it is a must.

PJ Hoffmaster Park (Muskegon, MI): Just north of Grand Haven, you find a beautiful beach and sand trails lining Lake Michigan. With extensive hiking trails, you can customize your hike to be a long as you please. They also have lookouts that take you to the top of a dune, overlooking the lake for a great photo-op. PJ Hoffmaster offers a great nature center that educates you on plenty of different topics relating to their beach, great for kids as well as adults!

Rosy Mound Natural area (Ottawa County, MI): A step harder than PJ Hoffmasters trails, Rosy Mound is hard work, heavy reward. A very well kept park that is an easy drive and about an hour and a half hike. Be prepared for the excessive stairs you will encounter on this hike, but do not fear! At the end of these stairs you reach a beautiful lookout of Lake Michigan, and makes it all worth it.

Millennium Park (Walker, MI): Millennium Park is the largest urban park in West Michigan, and home to numerous outdoor activities. This trail is paved, making it a great place to bike, longboard or rollerblade. It is fairly flat and would be a great place to bring young children on a hike. After your hike, Millennium has paddleboarding, kayaking, a beach and waterpark to check out.

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