8_fs.jpg
  • 8_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 11_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 12_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 9_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 5_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 7_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 6_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 10_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 2_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 3_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail
  • 4_fs.jpg
    Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail

Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail

Home to some of Michigan's most stunning scenery, the Paul Henry Thomapple Trail is a work in progress that inches closer to completion with each passing year. As you venture along the trail, you'll travel through the heart of the Thomapple River Valley with its mix of farmland, quaint country towns, lush wetlands, woodlands and long shady tunnels of trees.

This past summer, another mile of beautifully landscaped paved trail was added along the Thomapple River from downtown Middleville to Crane Road.

The trail's origins date back to 1990 when the Michigan Central Railroad sold major portions of its right-of-way to the State of Michigan, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Thomapple Trail Association. The 42-mile multi-purpose trail is being built in phases and will eventually connect Grand Rapids with Hastings, Vermontville and Eaton Rapids, and then link to other trails east and west from there.

Currently, paved sections of the trail include 10.8 miles from Kentwood, to Caledonia, 4.6 miles through Middleville to Irving, the 2A-mile Hastings Riverwalk, and 1.5 miles from Vermontville to Maple Valley High School near Nashville. The new Vermontville-to-N ashville section travels through shady woodlands and wetlands and crosses a bridge over the Thomapple River. Another new paved section of trail may be extended this summer, south of Caledonia to 108th Street.

You'll find several good staging areas in Kentwood. In Caledonia, park on Main Street near the corner of Mill Avenue where the paved trail heads north. The staging area in downtown Middleville is behind the village offices. Trail access is available at Maple Valley High School east of Nashville.

Read Less Text...

Trail Maps

Get a Map Download a Map
As seen in Michigan Trails Magazine.

Paul Henry Thornapple Trail - Entire Trail PDF Map

Googleâ„¢ Map Link

Newsletter Signup

Michigan Trails News In Your Email. Periodic newsletters with late-breaking stories and trails updates. We won't share your email address with anyone else.

Your Name:
Your Email:
Validation Code:
Enter Code:  (ALL CAPS)

Trail Resource Guide

Accommodations & Lodging
Holiday Inn Express Hastings Holiday Inn Express Hastings
1099 W. M-43 Hwy
Hastings, MI 49058
(269) 945-0000
Web Link
Bicycle & Fitness Shops
Hastings Ace Bike Shop Hastings Ace Bike Shop
200 S. Boltwood Street
Hastings, MI 49058
(269) 945-2003
Web Link
TerraTrike TerraTrike
4460 40th Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
1-800-945-9910
Web Link
Trek Bicycle Store Trek Bicycle Store
22 W. Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49017
(269) 962-7688
Web Link
Village Bike Shop - Grand Rapids South Village Bike Shop - Grand Rapids South
5991 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
(616) 455-4870
Web Link
West Michigan Bike & Fitness West Michigan Bike & Fitness
2839 East Paris Avenue
Kentwood, MI 49512
(616) 942-1880
Web Link
Tourist Attractions
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
701 W. Cloverdale Road
Hastings, MI 49058
(269) 721-4190
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

Web Link
Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
Web Link
Thornapple Trail Association Thornapple Trail Association
PO Box 393
Middleville, MI 49333
(616) 293-8666
Web Link
West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
PO Box 325
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 485-7805
Web Link
Tourist Information
Kent County Parks Department Kent County Parks Department
1700 Butterworth Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534-7065
(616) 632-7275
Web Link
Trail Supporter
DTE Energy DTE Energy



Web Link
Kent District Library Kent District Library
814 West River Center NE
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 784-2007
Web Link
League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
Web Link
Mercy Health Physician Partners Mercy Health Physician Partners
245 State Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Web Link
Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

Web Link
Sinas Dramis Law Firm Sinas Dramis Law Firm
3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 394-7500
Web Link

Page Sponsors

These organizations and businesses help make our website and magazine possible. Please show them your support.

Pure Michigan Billboard Ad