Butterworth Trail

Completed in 2010, the Butterworth Trail derives its name from the old Butterworth landfill that is being restored as a natural area on the banks of the Grand River. Public access parking is located on the south side of John Ball Park on Butterworth Street. The trail entrance is across the street between the freeway overpass and the CocaCola bottling facility. Follow the paved path along the Grand River or Wealthy Street and cross over a restored railroad trestle where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Grand River.

Grand River Edges Trail

The Grand River Edges Trail system guides you along the banks of the Grand River. It links downtown Grand Rapids to Kent Trails and Millennium Park, and includes 2.2 miles of paved path in Riverside Park that connects to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park.

The downtown loop of the Grand River Edges Trail from Fulton Street to the 6th Street Bridge is a popular stroll for visitors and local residents. The "loop" traverses the original rapids for which the city was named and passes by some
of the area's most notable attractions, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Bridgewater Place, DeVos Place Convention Center, Fish Ladder Park, 6th Street Bridge Park, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and the downtown campus of Grand Valley State University. You will need to ride along a designated bike lane on Monroe Street to connect with the paved paths between Leonard and Ann Streets.

Seward Avenue Bikeway

Dedicated April 30, 2015, the 3.5-mile Seward Avenue Bikeway was developed to create a safe non-motorized north-south route for cyclists and runners connecting Riverside Park and the River Edges Trail on Ann Street to the Butterworth Trail and Kent Trails network on Wealthy Street. The Bikeway is a combination of dedicated bike lanes (sharrows) on Seward Avenue, paved bike paths on the northern section of the trail and widened sidewalks along Ann Street. The project also includes a bicycle repair station and rental storage lockers on the corner of Lake Michigan Drive.

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Alger Bikes Alger Bikes
120 - 28th Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
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Bill & Paul's Sport Haus Bill & Paul's Sport Haus
1200 East Paris Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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915 Leonard Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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2166 Plainfield Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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4460 40th Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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5278 Plainfield Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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5991 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
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Village Bike Shop - Jenison Village Bike Shop - Jenison
450 Baldwin Street, Suite A
Jenison , MI 49428
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2839 East Paris Avenue
Kentwood, MI 49512
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West Michigan Bike & Fitness West Michigan Bike & Fitness
4300 Chicago Drive
Grandville, MI 49418
(616) 531-9911
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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
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Prein & Newhof Prein & Newhof
3355 Evergreen Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI 48525
(616) 364-8491
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West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance
2939 Wilson SW #403
Grandville, MI 49468
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West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
PO Box 325
Comstock Park, MI 49321
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Experience Grand Rapids Experience Grand Rapids
171 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Kent County Parks Department Kent County Parks Department
1700 Butterworth Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534-7065
(616) 632-7275
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Cycle Safe Cycle Safe
5211 Cascade Road SE, Suite 210
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Fox Subaru Fox Subaru
6045 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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Kent District Library Kent District Library
814 West River Center NE
Comstock Park, MI 49321
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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Mercy Health Physician Partners Mercy Health Physician Partners
245 State Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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

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Grand Rapids, MI 49501
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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Sinas Dramis Law Firm
3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
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