Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Ottawa Walks

ottawa walks

Ottawa Walks was created in partnership with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health in response to participants of Step it Up! requesting a year-round program. A group of volunteers have made that possible.

Beginning in June 2019, volunteers will host a weekly group walk in parks and neighborhoods throughout the county. These walks are free, and registration is not required at this time (unless otherwise noted). Walks meet rain or shine, but will be canceled for thunderstorms or temperatures exceeding 95 degrees. The schedule will be updated quarterly.

Walk Schedule

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  • Wednesdays at 5:30 pm - Various Locations: Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital group walks with a registered dietitian. Walks are 1-2 miles and cover brief health topics. Registration required to obtain schedule—call (616) 748-2834.
  • Thursdays at 5:30 pm - Upper Macatawa Natural Area: 84th Ave Entrance in Zeeland.
  • Southwest
  • Thursdays at 6:00 pm - Hemlock Crossing in West Olive: Slow to moderate pace. Group will explore the different trails at Hemlock Crossing and observe wildlife. Walks will last about an hour. Mosquito repellent (or protective clothing) is recommended for these trails. Meet at trailhead.
  • Northeast
  • Tuesdays at 6:00 pm - Grand Ravines North in Jenison: Meet near the bathrooms at the lodge.
  • Saturdays at 8:30 am - Grand Ravines in Jenison: Meet near the windmill at Grand Ravines.
  • Northwest
  • Mondays at 6:00 pm - Duncan Woods in Grand Haven: Meet at the entrance on Sheldon. Walks are about 3 miles and include hills.
  • Fridays at 10:30 am - Central Park in Spring Lake: Meet by the restrooms. Easy flat bike path surface. Walks will last about an hour with plenty of benches for resting along the way.

For more information, contact: Amy Sheele, Ottawa County Department of Public Health (616) 393-5799 or