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Distance:
0.6 Miles / 1.0 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~18 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Stearns Creek Park
Town:
Grand Haven, Michigan
Directions:
43.01581, -86.123607
Added:
January 15, 2020
Updated:
January 25, 2024
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19 '

Total Change
23 '

Ascent
32 '

Descent

The Helmstrom Family Loop Trail at Stearns Creek Park in Grand Haven, Michigan is an easy 0.6-mile loop trail that features a peaceful walk through the woods.

This trail encompasses the central-most part of the park and gives hikers access to the eastern loop in the park as well (not shown in this GPS track). The trail also includes several benches along the way so hikers can take breaks.

This trail is named after the heirs of John J. Helstrom who donated about $60,000 to help the construction of the Stearns Creek Park.

Pets
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker.

About the Trail System
The Stearns Creek Park trail system was opened summer 2019 and is maintained and administered by the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission. It features 1.7 miles of easily-hiked trails, robust way-finding signage, and benches & picnic tables.

This trail fits into the plan of various parks & rec organizations across the State of Michigan to preserve valuable natural land and create a walkable greenway from the source of the Grand River in Jackson, MI, to the mouth at the City of Grand Haven, MI.

A former pine plantation, it is one of few spaces in the state where it is possible to make an attempt to restore the native Oak savannas that dominated many parts of the state before extensive development within the state and harvesting of timber to rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire.

Features and Amenities

  • Hiking trails, some boardwalks
  • Waterway overlooks
  • Kayak access
  • Historical signs and artifacts
  • Benches
  • Picnic tables
  • Port-a-let
  • Leashed dogs permitted
  • No hunting of any kind permitted

Explore 16 trails near Grand Haven, MI
  1. Parking

    43.01581, -86.123607
  2. Main Trailhead

    43.01581, -86.123607
  3. Point-of-Interest

    43.016156, -86.122903
    Point-of-Interest
  4. Old fence

    43.015983, -86.121264
    Old fence
  5. Old fence

    43.016028, -86.121294
    Old fence
  6. Bench

    43.015383, -86.12355
    Bench
  7. Bench

    43.016136, -86.122694
    Bench
  8. Bench

    43.016097, -86.121392
    Bench
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Hazards

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Seasons

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Photo Albums

1 Trip Report

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Trail Guide By:
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0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Trail added
January 15, 2020
Hiked on
January 15, 2020
Updated on
January 25, 2024

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