Trails & Parks


Grand River Bridge FM to SaranacLace 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.)

Pictures of Ionia River Trail beginning at Cleveland Street and traveling eastward to the Stone Quarry.

To reserve the Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail complete & return a Park Permit.

Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails

This segment of the trails traverse through the City of Ionia, the Ionia State Recreation Area, and the Village of Saranac. This section will connect to the east to the 42-mile Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail system and to the west to the planned 26 mile Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Trail (Lowell to Belding to Greenville) that will lead to the existing 40-mile Fred Meijer Heartland Trail (Greenville to Alma). The result will be a combined 125 mile rail-to-trail system that traverses six counties and making it the fifth-largest rail trail in the nation.

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

Fred Meijer railtrailmap

Clinton –Ionia- Shiawassee(CIS) Trail

The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail is a 41.3 mile long improved, non-motorized trail located in mid-Michigan in the counties of Clinton, Ionia and Shiawassee. It connects the communities of Ionia, Muir, Pewamo, Fowler, St. Johns, Ovid and Owosso, utilizing a former railroad corridor. The trail traverses mostly rural areas and farming communities, but portions also run near Stoney Creek, Maple River and Grand River watersheds in Ionia County.

View the CIS Trail Map & Brochure (Map takes a few minutes to download)

CIS Trail


However your spirit moves you to enjoy a day - picnicking, riding horses, playing with or training your dogs - Ionia offers just the right setting for you.

Bertha Brock Park

Bertha Brock Park is a 186 acre county park located two miles west of the City of Ionia on M-21.  It is a regional park that serves the entire county and surrounding areas.  Offering a campground, camping cabins, rental lodges, play areas, picnic shelters, hiking trails, sledding hill, and various family oriented recreational activities. 

View Bertha Brock Park Map (Map takes a few minutes to download)

Bertha Brock Park

Green View Point Park

Green View Point Park is a four acre County park located east of the Village of Lyons on Kimball Road.  The park offers wonderful views of the Grand River several hundred feet below the park.  The park was named in honor of Governor Fred Green (elected in 1926), who used to stop at the site to enjoy the view.  Currently the park includes paved parking areas, picnic tables, grills, restroom facilities, overlook deck, in-car viewing of the Grand River, and wooden stairway leading down to the Grand River.

Ionia State Recreation Area

The Ionia State Recreation Area is one of the only campgrounds in our state where you can camp with your horses.

Rolling hills, babbling brooks, open meadows, forested ridges, a lake nestled in the hills and a river winding its way through woods and fields. Bring your dog for training or playing. 616-527-3750

View the Ionia State Recreation Area Map (Map takes a few minutes to download)

Ionia State Rec Area

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