Area Trails

Lace up your shoes, pump up the bike tires - the Ionia area provides several choices to ‘get away from it all’. Whether you’re looking for a moderate walk or a hill climbing backwoods tour, you’ll find just the right place to relax or to challenge yourself. 

Ionia River Trail

Amenities at Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail include:

  • Picnicking 
  • Boardwalk
  • Bridges
  • Fishing deck
  • Boat dock

View the Ionia River Trail map.  (Map takes a few minutes to download.)


Other Area Trails

Ionia County is a central feature to the already acclaimed 5th longest rail trail in the USA. Our trail connects us north to Alma, and east to Owasso for a total of 125 scenic miles encompassing Gratiot, Montcalm, Kent, Ionia, Clinton and Shiawasee counties. The trail that runs through Ionia travels along the Grand River, through the Ionia State Recreation Area, crosses Prarie Creek, and visits the Maple River for a peacefull, serene commune with nature. Wildlife sightings abound, including deer, turkey, owls, eagles and many waterfowl. For ease of use, access to communities of Saranac, Ionia, Muir, Lyons, and Pewamo are typically less than 8 miles apart. We hope you’ll join us every season!

Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails Website (Grand River Valley and Clinton-Ionia-Shiawasee)

View the Fred Meijer River Valley Trail Map (Map takes a few minutes to download)

View the CIS Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail Map & Brochure (Map takes a few minutes to download)

Clinton –Ionia- Shiawassee (CIS) Trail Website