A 202-acre Ottawa County Park located near the Grand Valley State University Allendale campus, Grand Ravines park is worth checking out the next time you road trip through Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Grand Ravine County Park
Formed by the erosion of small streams flowing through the Grand River Valley during the Ice Age, a highlight of the Grand Ravines park are the deep ravines themselves. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, stroll, or run along the network of trails leading visitors through meadows, farmland, and forest.
Sweeping views of the Grand River draw visitors to the Grand Ravines Lodge on the north side of the park. You’ll find modern restrooms and water bottle filling stations in this building. This parking lot is closest to the park treehouse and paved paths (consult the park map) to the riverfront trails which lead kayakers to the accessible adaptive launch into the Grand River.
A must see stop for visitors to Grand Ravines is a 275′ long, 70′ high suspension bridge that traverses one of the park’s deepest ravines. The park website reports the bridge is believed to be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Michigan. For dog owners, a 21-acre off leash dog park is located in the southern section of the park near the site of the restored Timmer Farm barn and windmill.
Leave an hour to fully explore the network of trails through the ravines, meadows, farmland, and forest. Hopefully you enjoy Grand Ravines county park as much as we did.
P.S. If you have the time and need additional exercise, hit the trails at Aman Park, just eight miles east on M45. This less established (but equally beautiful) natural area is popular for hiking, mountain biking, show shoeing, and cross country skiing and features six self-guided trails ranging from 0.8 miles to 1.5 mile loops.