10+ best family bike trails: paved bike paths, mountain bike trails and more

Best bike paths in the region for families

Whether you’re looking for an urban trail, mountain bike trails, or something in between, the options in the greater Grand Rapids area are nearly endless.

These are the best bike trails in West Michigan to help your family enjoy the outdoors this spring, summer, and fall.

Bike paths are just one part of the extensive park systems around Grand Rapids. If you don’t have your bike with you, you can still enjoy hiking trails, parks and playgrounds, and even wading pools.

West Michigan Bike Trails You’ll Love

Training wheels or not, if you have a way to transport bikes to another location, you’ll have miles of Michigan to explore.

You can take an easy 1 or 2 mile ride on a paved path, or venture into something longer or more challenging. There are many Grand Rapids bike trails that connect to other parks or scenic areas, and many include stops at the ice cream stand.

Our family loves to cycle the White Pines Trail to Comstock Park and ride to Rockford for dinner and then top it off with ice cream at the end of the trip back to Comstock Park. Find this trip and other great family cycling routes listed below.

#1 Best Bike Trails – Rockford

#2 Best Cycling Routes – Holland

#3 Best Bike Trails – Comstock Park

#4 Best Bike Trails – Waterfall

#5 Best Bike Routes – Rockford

#6 Best Bike Trails – Ada

#7 Best Bike Trails – Grand Rapids

#8 Best Bike Trails – East Grand Rapids

#9 Best Bike Trails – Ada, Cascade


check mark 40x40 navy blueTrail length: 3.6 miles one way


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check mark 40x40 navy blueTrail Difficulty: Moderate


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Ideal bike ride for: older children, strong adult cyclists using a trailer or a bike trailer for the little ones.

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Pedal along this cycle route from Cascade to Ada along boardwalks and paved trails.

Park at Leslie Tassell Park in Cascade. (Free parking)
Bonus: There is a small splashing fountain here, as well as 2 ice cream parlors nearby. Plus, Ever Play Cafe is just across the street and Village Bike Shop is around the corner if you need bike supplies.

Follow the bike path north along Thornapple River Dr. There are several large hills on this route – the first hill being the largest, followed by a series of smaller ups and downs. Most of the path is shaded.

About 2 miles in, you’ll be pedaling down the Thornapple River over the Camelback Bridge. It’s a nice spot.

Continue to Ada, where you can stroll the historic Covered Bridge, visit the new park and playground along the river, grab ice cream at the General Store or Scoopers, and generally enjoy a visit to this small pedestrian village. There is also a bike shop in town.

Ada Park is not far if you want to make a loop of your journey, if not, continue on your way.

This paved bike path is part of the Ada Township and Cascade Township Trail networks.

Leslie Tassell Park Dam Thornapple River Waterfall

Leslie Tassell Park on the Thornapple River in Cascade, MI

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Cascade Bike Path in Ada

Thornapple River Walk – Waterfall at Ada

#10 Best Bike Trails – Lakeshore Area

#11 Best Bike Trails – Walker

#12 Best Cycling Routes – Walker

#13 Best Bike Routes – Rockford

#14 Best Bike Routes – Comstock Park

the musketwa trail is one of the Grand Rapids bike trails
*image courtesy of musketawatrail.com

West Michigan Bike Lane Systems

Looking for more places to go for a family bike ride? Try one of these West Michigan trail systems for height:

More outdoor family fun

Want more of our great Michigan outdoor spaces? Here are other ways out.

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