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.