The 8-mile Fred Meijer Flat River Trail leads you on a tour through the natural beauty and historic landmarks that make Greenville one of Michigan's most picturesque river towns. The loop is uniquely situated between two major trail systems: the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail to the north and the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail (from Greenville to Lowell) to the south, which is currently under development.
This thoughtfully landscaped, paved path is amazingly scenic with deep wooded areas, open grasslands, boardwalks over wetlands, numerous bridges, and long sections following along the river's edge. Much of the trail is fairly flat with a few rolling hills near Tower Park and a steep bluff that climbs above Baldwin Lake Beach.
The trail boasts one of the most unique tunnels in Michigan under the busy M-57 thoroughfare. The tunnel plunges 14 feet next to Isabella Bank up to the Montcalm Area Health Center on Maplewood Street. The 14-foot wide and 10-foot tall tunnel features museum displays on clay mosaic tiles depicting the history of early settlers along the Flat River.
You'll find several nice staging areas with easy assess to the trail. From the Baldwin Lake Beach staging area, follow Baldwin Lake Drive along the edge of Baldwin and Manoka lakes to connect with the parking areas at Tower Park. Hometown of Fred Meijer, and birthplace of the Meijer retail chain, Greenville offers lodging, restaurants, ice cream shops, and of course, a Meijer store near the trail.