, 2022-07-23 05:02:56,
HOLLAND — A gorgeous day in Holland isn’t complete without a nature walk, as most locals know. But with so many options available, where should you spend your time?
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Here’s a list of our six must-visit hiking trails in the greater Holland area:
Stu Visser Trails in Park Township
Access: 52 152nd Ave. in Park Township
Located along Pine Creek between Ottawa Beach Road and Lakewood Boulevard, Stu Visser Trails stretches 37 acres and offers an easily-accessible experience with nature trails, boardwalks and wetland. The 1.5-mile out-and-back trail is considered an easy route.
Riley Trails in Park Township
Access: 16300 Riley Street in Park Township
This 300-acre park includes rolling terrain, forest, a small lake and an informal trail system. Riley Trails is recommended for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers and hikers alike — with no entry fees and places to fish. The 3.4-mile loop is considered an easy route.
Wolters Woods in Laketown Township
Access: 6281 147th Ave. in Laketown Township
Wolters Woods recently celebrated 30 years of tranquility. The park is located on 34 quiet acres in Laketown Township, and remains the only township park with playground equipment — including swings, a slide and a merry-go-round. That’s in addition to walking trails, where the 0.7-mile loop is considered an easy route.
Van Raalte Farm Park in Holland
Access: 1076 E. 16th St. in Holland
While events are often hosted at Van Raalte Farm Park in Holland, the space is known for hiking, cross-country skiing and sledding, too. Benjamin Van Raalte, the son of Holland’s founder, built the home that stands at the center of the park, which offers a picnic shelter and playground. The 1.9-mile loop trail is considered an easy route.
Paw Paw Park in Holland
Access: 1230 Paw Paw Drive in Holland
Paw Paw Park, formerly the Macatawa Greenspace, is packed with amenities, including an 18-hole disc golf course, picnic tables, ungroomed trails for cross-country skiing and natural surface hiking, and a half-mile of paved trail. That’s not to mention scenic overlooks, bridges and boardwalks.
DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland
Access: 600 Graafschap Road in Holland
This 18-acre nature preserve is often used to educate residents — but there’s a trail component to the center, as well. Trails are available for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing and…
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