Parks and Paths


Our new summer hiking and paddling series bringing together staff, community, and brands, all for a good cause!*


Join the staff from Bill & Paul's and Beyond for weeknight adventures in the Grand Rapids area. They will be teaming up with local trail groups and supported by brands in leading hikes and paddles at areas you may know well and some you may not.

*All registration fees for 2024 will be donated to the Western Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail.


No previous hiking or paddling experience required.



$5 pp (includes kayak rental for the paddles)




Pre-Registration Required. Links Below.




For each outing you attend, you will be entered into a raffle for prizes provided by our sponsoring vendors. The more Parks and Paths events you attend the better your chances of scoring some great gear! Prizes include a pair of trekking poles from Leki, a pair of Oboz footwear, a hiking or running pack from Salomon, and a drybag package from Geckobrands.



2024 Program Dates & Times   


Tuesday June 25th

Hiking Aman Park

Brand Sponsor - Salomon Footwear

Community Partner - Friends of Grand Rapids Parks




Tuesday July 9th

Paddling Fallasburg Pond on the Flat River

Sponsored by Geckobrands


Kayak rental is included in registration. Participants welcome to bring their own kayaks, canoes or SUP boards. Every participant will receive a gift from Geckobrands. You will be contacted after registration about kayak rental needs.



Tuesday July 16th

Hiking the North Country Trail in Lowell


Sponsored by Oboz Footwear and Smartwool. All participants will receive a pair of Smartwool socks and have a chance to demo a pair of Oboz trail shoes. 



Tuesday August 13th

Hiking Roselle Park in Ada


Sponsors TBD