Holland Metro Trails

Michigan

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Holland Metro Trails Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Ottawa
Length: 150 miles
Trail end points: Holland State Park and Window on the Waterfront Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8859530
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Holland Metro Trails Description

To be in Holland, Michigan is to experience authentic Dutch culture in the American mid-west, from dikes and canals, to tulip fields and even a windmill. The city sits on the shores of lakes Macatawa and Michigan in southern Ottawa County.

Another Dutch tradition mirrored in Holland, Michigan is its bike friendliness. There are miles and miles of off-road multiuse facilities crisscrossing the city and reaching out into the wider region. The network seamlessly connects neighborhoods to each other as well as to parks and commercial areas. Some of the most scenic rides you can take run along the lake shore and link to charming harbor towns and villages. Everywhere you turn, there’s a postcard perfect scene. Visit in May to see the tulips at their peak during the annual Tulip Festival.

Parking and Trail Access

There is parking, restrooms and water available and most of the parks in the Holland Metro area. The parks are the best places to access the trails. 

 

Holland Metro Trails Reviews

Connecting paths make up a trail system in and around the Holland Area. Found that Holland is very biker friendly. You can get from one place to another by using these paths, or even ride on the sides of the roads. Some roads have a nice wide berm to accommodate bicycles. When coming to an intersection or stop, most motorists are friendly and will wave you through. The trail system passes through residential as well as businesses. You can bike from Holland State park approx 8 miles into Downtown Holland where you can shop and visit eateries. Holland has numerous bike racks and no one seems to bother your stuff.
A must visit destination is Holland State Park, where you will find the Holland Lighthouse, also known as Big Red. The bike path goes through the State Park.
Enjoy beautiful sunsets over Lake Michigan at the Lighthouse and Holland State Park, which has several bike racks. Beat the traffic jam by biking it!
Start your day by watching the sunrise over Lake Macatawa, located along the trail system.

I've lived in Holland for over 30 years (just joined RTC today), and I can tell you that the Holland trail system is NOT all it's cracked up to be. It is a multi-use pathway, not a rail-trail, and has many driveways, road crossings, and other places to pay very close attention to. Lots (LOTS) of walkers, joggers, baby strollers, and similar obstacles abound. While some of it is scenic and enjoyable, much of it is just through town, etc. and nothing special as far as sights to see in most spots. If you're planning a trip to the area just for this, I'd suggest a different idea - go further east and hit Fred Meijer or White Pine, etc. The roads in Ottawa and Allegan counties are fine to ride on in most spots if you don't want to use the trail system.

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