Biking the Lakeshore
Step off the beaten path and discover a hidden gem. Bask in the splendor of nature and explore the Grand Haven area with more than 100 miles of bike paths crisscrossing the region.
Riders of all skill levels are sure to find a trail to their liking. A 21-mile path connects Grand Haven State Park to Holland State Park, following Lake Michigan and providing stunning views of the shoreline and dunes. The pathways connecting Grand Haven with Ferrysburg and Spring Lake offering refreshing breaks with beachfront parks and city views. Bass River Recreational Area, southeast of Grand Haven, allows mountain bikers to test their endurance with two, three, and four-mile loops. Distance riders find a variety of routes ranging from 25 to 100 miles, beginning at Grand Haven and traversing West Michigan. The 3.3 mile North Bank Trail in Spring Lake was recently completed and represents the first phase of a trail that will eventully connect the area to Grand Rapids.
Gearing up for a two-wheeled adventure is easy. Visit on of the local bike shops for all your bicycle needs and rentals, pick up the Grand Haven Bike Guide at the Visitors Center or download it here.
Bass River Recreation Area
Grand River Park
Kitchel Lindquist Dunes Preserve
Lighthouse Connector Park
Bicycle The Lakeshore
Stretching for 30 miles along the coast of Lake Michigan, Ottawa County's extensive network of bike paths offers a wide range of cycling excursions. Routes include miles of shoreline, impressive sand dunes, quiet rural roads, woodlands, farms, and unique area attractions. Whether you're looking for a rigorous workout or a leisurely ride, Ottawa County has the perfect route for you.
Lakeshore Connector Path Between Grand Haven and Holland
This path runs for nearly 20 miles along the shoreline between downtown Grand Haven and Holland State Park, and is a favorite of bicycling enthusiasts. There are several beachfront parks along the way including Grand Haven State Park, Kirk Park, Tunnel Park, and Holland State Park. Camping is available at both state parks; however reservations should be made well in advance (1-800-44-parks). Lake Michigan can also be accessed at James Street and Riley Street. This path is used for many forms of recreation during peak periods, so cyclists are urged to use caution.
Lakeshore Bicycling Events
Grand Haven Triathlon/Duathlon
Taking place in July - there are 4 race formats including Duathlon, sprint triathlon, Olympic triathlon, and 1/2 Ironman.
TEAM YOGURT INDEPENDENCE DAY RIDE
Ride your bike along the Grand River valley, stopping for breakfast in Allendale. Maps of 60-mile route provided along with shortcuts making a 40-mile trip possible. This ride attracts riders of all abilities. Be ready at 6:45am to leave on time. Sponsored by Rock ’n Road Cycle, 300 N. Seventh Street, Grand Haven, MI 49417, www.rocknroadcycle.com or 616-846-2800, email@example.com
Join the League of Bicyclists and become a member dedicated to making Michigan a bicycle friendly state.
Please be aware that some routes include sidewalks or widened shoulders on busy roads that may not be appropriate for all riders. If you have questions about specific paths, please contact the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission at (616) 738-4810.