Thornapple Trail Park

The Paul Henry Thornapple Trail Park is a linear park open to non-motorized use. This newest recreational resource joins Charlton Park and the McKeown Bridge Road Park as parks that are overseen by Barry County.

This linear park is operated under agreement with the Thornapple Trail Association, whose members donate time and tools to help maintain the trail. Future plans include educational signage that will be placed along the trail to emphasize the area’s natural, historic, and cultural resources.

Basic Trail Etiquette

  • Obey all trail use rules posted on the trail.
  • Stay to the right except when passing.
  • Pass slower traffic on the left, yield to oncoming traffic when passing.
  • Give a clear warning signal when passing: I.E. call out “Passing on your left”.
  • Travel at a reasonable speed.
  • Keep pets under control on a leash, and clean up after them.
  • When you stop for any reason get off the paved/main trail.
  • Do not litter.
  • Respect private property.
  • Campfires and camping are not allowed on the trail right of way.
  • Do not disturb vegetation or wildlife.

Features of Paul Henry – Thornapple Trail

  • When complete, the trail will run approximately 42 miles between Grand Rapids and Vermontville, Michigan.
  • Trail runs through Kent, Barry and Eaton counties.
  • Trail’s west end is located on the Grand Rapids – Kentwood border.
  • Trail passes through Dutton, Caledonia, Middleville, Irving, Hastings and Nashville.
  • Trail’s east end is located in Vermontville.
  • Envisioned to become an important link in a regional trail network.
  • Activities include:
    • Walking (please bring your pooper scooper if you bring your dog)
    • Hiking and Jogging
    • Bicycling
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • In-Line Skating
    • Wheelchair Access
    • Nature Study and Bird Watching
  • Completed sections of the trail have a 10 ft. wide paved surface and a gravel shoulder.
  • Undeveloped sections, where open, have a variety of surfaces.
  • Trail runs through:
    • Woodland
    • Farmland
    • Wetland
    • Small towns