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Cascade Peace Park Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ada Township, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 387 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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Cascade Peace Park is approximately 198 acres in size. This property consists of floodplain and meadow areas with extensive old growth forest. It is rare to find such a large block of mature hardwoods in the Grand Rapids metro area. Warblers, hawks, and owls benefit from the extensive closed-canopy forest. In spring, look and listen for migratory warblers and Scarlet Tanagers. In addition to the upland forest, this property has an open meadow and a small stream with associated wetlands and lowland forest.

Cascade Charter Township 2865 Thornhills Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-7192 Phone: (616) 949-1500

Cascade Peace Park is located at 8900 Grand River Avenue and can be accessed from two locations. The access off from Bolt Drive is located at the west end of Bolt Drive on an unpaved section of road. This access point has a small parking area and is better suited for handicapped access. The Grand River Drive access is at the far northeast corner of the property. Grand River Drive provides better access for those on bikes since it is located along a dedicated bike lane on the park side of the Grand River Drive. This location has public parking

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Peter Dvorak
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Zach Palmer
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Mary Krell
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Hiking

I like the trail! I just happened to go without wearing bug spray. Very bad idea! They really bad at this time of year.

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Alyssa Lorraine
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Amelia Martin
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Great trail, well maintained. Maps get a little tricky with all of the loops and connections. Mostly shaded path which kept us comfortable mid afternoon on a very sunny day. Bring mosquito repellent. Expect some spider webs too.

Mike U
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Renae Severn
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Hiking

Great trail through a quiet woody area!! Highly recommend. At this time there was no bugs and it’s pretty shady so sun not bad either.

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Dan Patterson
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I RUN KIDS BIKE: Great park with well maintained trails. Multiple trail options allows you to change your route each time or vary your distance. Lots of elevation change which means I’m pushing the kids uphill, but also equates to fun downhills for the bikes. Paths are well marked with signs and there are plenty of benches.

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Jacob Dennen
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Jim Jupiter
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Hiking

Nature trail is well marked at trail crossings, some colored markers on trails, but not throughout. (Take a pic of trail map.) Love the gradual inclines, and little variation in trails. Had some traffic (2 couples, one family) for a Sunday early evening hike. Padded dirt, some small stones, roots, and mud (but most wet spots had large tree limbs to assist with crossing. Enjoy this for trail for elevation, preserved space in back woods, a little cooler temps in spots, benches for respite, and removal from traffic. (It can get buggy, wear spray!)

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Michaela Cotton
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Bugs were starting to come out and it was a little muddy. The signs need to be relabeled as it was easy to go the wrong way. It’s a great trail, easy to social distance on and very quiet.

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Stephanie Noordyke
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Hiking

This was our first venture into hiking and it was a great experience! My 7, 5, and 2 year olds were all able to hold their own. There’s a nice variety of trail conditions and lengths. My kids were disappointed in the lack of wildlife but we enjoyed the views. There’s a big hole in the middle of the north trail that they enjoyed climbing in and out of. We didn’t see anyone the whole first half of our hike but then it did get a bit busy. We were mostly able to pass others safely.

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Nolan Cox
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Hiking

Layout - The peace park is more of a trail system than a single, defined trail. If you stick to the perimeter as depicted in the map, it'll end up being a little over 2.5 miles. However there are numerous connecting trails between different points so making the hike shorter or more varied is a breeze. Navigability - Very easy thanks to wooden, painted maps posted at each trail junction. Popularity - Probably one of the busier trails in the areas, expect a full parking lot on weekends. ** If you're looking to train elevation change, this is one of your better bets in the West MI area. Doing laps on the uphill sections in the park can be a good workout. **

R K.
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Hiking

Definitely moderate but not awful, trails are marked ok but you can definitely still get turned around. Came across a eastern hognose snake which was really cool. Not busy at all either

Piper Preston
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Hiking

Good trail, shady so it’s good for a warmer day. Very hilly, a lot of options for trails, maps can be kind of hard to read

Katie Oakes
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, especially when you’re at the top of the hill, but it’s pretty busy with people. If you’re looking to socially distance, I would maybe try another park.

Kyle Vander Ark
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Hiking

Quality trail that only had a few muddy spots. The yellow section of the ma, “Lookout Trail”, is not included on this app. You can park off of Bolt or Grand River.

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Beth Ghering
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Hiking

Great trail. A lot of people out to escape COVID 19 shutdown. 3 not so nice dogs, one off leash. Please leash your dog, or it might get hurt. The dogs seemed nice upon approach and then got snarly and aggressive. Mine didn’t react but it was a less enjoyable walk.

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Tracey Griffin
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Hiking

What a beautiful place to hike!! Lots of different trails to take! Best part way, all the dogs that I can across were actually on leash! I will definitely be coming back to this place!

Zac Kraai
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Zac Kraai
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With lily. Great hike.

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Sarah Ansbro
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Judy Doot
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very nice trails. lots of woods, streams, hills. great variety. not well marked but the beauty makes up for it.

Rachael Huisman
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Squire Moore
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Owen LaVigne
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Heather Walsh
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