A bridge over a small body of water at Millenium Park

Photos: Explore parks and trails near GVSU

A short bus ride from Grand Valley’s Allendale Campus and you find yourself in Grand Rapids, with city life experiences aplenty. The lesser-known gems are the parks, trails and nature areas that are also a short drive, bike ride or even walk from campus. 

Whether you’re looking for a quiet, outdoor place to study, or a Saturday hiking adventure, you don’t have to go far from GVSU to find picturesque nature and outdoor activities.

Recreation and Wellness, within GVSU’s Division of Student Affairs, has developed a webpage dedicated to outdoor adventure that includes maps and safety resources. 

See more photos of local trails, parks and nature areas from GVSU photographers on Exposure.

Looking up at trees with orange, yellow and green leaves
Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven, Mich.
Image Credit: Kendra Stanley-Mills
The sky, trees and water and Millenium Park
Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Valerie Hendrickson
Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
Amanda Pitts
Blue water with a bridge
Grand River Park in Jenison, Mich.
Amanda Pitts
Trees surrounding a bridge
Aman Park in Ottawa County, Michigan
Image Credit: Valerie Hendrickson
A blue map of Parks and Trails near GVSU's Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids Campuses
Image Credit: Graphic by Trevor Sweet