Area Trails & Parks
Kentwood has an abundance of parks and multi-use trails all in close proximity to Baileys Grove with the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail, East Paris Nature Park and Paris Park Nature Reserve all abutting our community. There are many benefits of the trails and parks and Kentwood views these as a feature of our city and regularly include improvements and additions in their annual budget. These trails and parks make our communities more livable; improve the economy through tourism and civic improvement; preserve and restore open space; and provide opportunities for physical activity to improve fitness and mental health.
From paved multi-use paths, nature trails, school playgrounds and public parks, there are plenty of areas to explore and enjoy a afternoon picnic, jog or bike ride. We are surrounded by nature and outdoor beauty. There's even a stocked pond with a pier that you can fish from right in our community!
Kentwood has miles of beautiful
paved trails to ride or walk.
East Paris Nature Park
This park is a wetland mitigation and water filtration process site that abuts Endeavor school. The pathways, decking for fishing and picnic shelter were developed with the assistance of a Natural Resources Trust fund Grant and the City’s dedicated Park Millage. Restrooms, picnic gazebo and a fishing pier are also features as well as the wildlife that can regularly be seen frequenting the park. The park serves as Kentwood’s south end trail head for the Paul Henry Trail.
Paul Henry Thronapple Trail
The route of this trail passes through farmlands, woodlands and along rivers and creeks. The scenic highlight of the trail is its close proximity to the Thornapple River. The trail is a four season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. It passes through a safe and natural environment for individual, family, and organization use and is enjoyed by bikers, joggers, rollerbladers, cross-country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers, and nature lovers. Read more.
Paris Park Nature Reserve
With multiple miles of paths, this park features an unpaved trail system that winds throughout the wooded nature park. Wooden bridges assist in crossing small streams that comprise Plaster Creek. An abundance of wildlife can be seen including deer, geese, birds and the occasional fox.
Although not paved, it is easily accessible to mountain bikes as well as strollers and wheelchairs. Dogs are also allowed on a leash.