The 3.6-mile segment from Middleville to Irving is a popular stretch of the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail. You'll find a staging area with restrooms behind Middleville Village Hall on East Main Street.
Beginning at the gazebo, the first half-mile stretch passes over two bridges, along a fishing pier, and on to several lookouts with views of vast wetlands and a millpond. It's a great location for birdwatching.
From there, the trail travels along the banks of the Thornapple River. The trail north of downtown Middleville is currently under development.