The only bridle paths in the Kent County Park system are located at Cooper Creek Park and Spencer Forest. This interconnected network includes more than four miles of trails through pine stands, deciduous forests, wetlands and fields.

Equestrians should be aware that other activities take place from time to time within Spencer Forest. The forest includes actively managed pine stands and limited logging activities are occasionally conducted between late fall and late winter to maintain the health of these stands. At the southern end of Spencer Forest, near 16 Mile Rd, is a facility operated by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department which includes an outdoor firing range that is occasionally used for training. Also bow hunting is allowed in Spencer Forest by permit only during the regular bow hunting season for deer and turkey.


13807 17 Mile Rd NE
Gowen, MI 49326


Contact: (616) 632-7275

Length: 4 Miles

Level: Unknown

Type: Riding, Hiking, Skiing

Terrain: Wetlands, forest, pine stands, fields 

Parking/Staging:  Park parking lot at the intersection of Morgan Mills Ave and 17 Mile Rd.

Camping: None

To access the trails, use the Cooper Creek Park parking lot at the intersection of Morgan Mills Ave and 17 Mile Rd. From there, follow the trail east alongside Cooper Creek, until crossing 17 Mile Rd to enter Spencer Forest. Within Spencer Forest, the trails are marked by color as shown on the park map.

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