Lake/Newaygo county line west of M-37 to the Kent/Barry county line northeast of Middleville
The Western Michigan Chapter is the Association’s largest Chapter with more than 300 members. We are a hard-working, fun, diverse group of people of all ages who love the outdoors. The Chapter organizes member activities such as volunteer workdays, hikes and events. Most members live in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas. We currently have a “working” board consisting of seven board members who tend to the operations of the Chapter. We also have two designated volunteer Trail Supervisors, one for each county who oversee trail development, volunteer workdays for the Trail and 30 dedicated section maintainers. In 2016 our Chapter received the Enduring Service Award for partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on trail-related projects. We have also received awards from the NCTA for communications, trail building, hikes and leadership. The NCTA has been selected by Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan (PAWM) to promote our scenic trails as a health travel destination. Together, we are offering hiking activities for those in the Parkinson’s community. Through our partnership with the PAWM West Michigan Chapter, a new concept in hiking has been developed: the Flex Hike. It is designed to encourage those with limitations to have a safe place to grow into their hiking experience. Enjoy your hike through our Chapter’s section, and we hope you become a member and share your skills with us!