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Michigan - Boots & Brews Rail Trail Edition

This official hike is led by GWH Ambassador Denise!
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Paul Henry Trail at Stauffer Station Park
Trail Rating: Green
Date: October 17, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM
Distance: 2 miles (out and back)
Elevation Gain: 0
Water Required: 2 liters minimum
Dogs: No
Permits/Passes: None
Trailhead Address: Stauffer Station Park 2360 52nd St. SE Kentwood, MI 49508
Kids: No
Men: No
This is a mid-work week evening hike. The trail through Kentwood is a paved urban trail. After the hike we will go to Rail Town Brewing in Dutton, MI. It’s about a 10 min drive from the trail head. If you don’t drink beer – no worries, no pressure, no judgement. We hope you will still join us!

*As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it you’re good to go for all future meetups.
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Trail Description:
When complete, the Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail will be a 42-mile, multi-use recreation trail, extending from Grand Rapids to Vermontville; it eventually may be extended to Jackson. The trail is being constructed on or near a former railroad corridor. Some sections have been completed, while others are either in development or proposal stage.

The trail passes through farmlands, woodlands and small towns, coursing along and over rivers and creeks. Indeed, some people call it the most beautiful rail trial in Michigan. Part of its beauty is its proximity to the Thornapple River.

Currently, paved sections of the trail include 2.5 miles through the heart of Kentwood. The southern 1.25 miles in Kentwood (Wing to Stauffer) runs through a rural area. The northern spur (Stauffer to Kalamazoo/44th) runs through neighborhoods and commercial sections of Kentwood.

Three and a half miles of the Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail is paved between Middleville and Irving. Kent County Parks hopes to have another mile paved by the end of summer 2011, which will complete the paving between Dutton and Caledonia.

The Thornapple Trail Association anticipates opening another trail section in 2012, linking Caledonia to Middleville, as well as paving a section through Hastings.

For the most up-to-date information on the progress of this trail, or to get involved with this trail's development, visit the Thornapple Trail Association.

Any updates will be posted on the event thread and I’ll update the event description if anything changes.

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