Big Rapids is a dynamic, mid-sized city located in west central Michigan’s lower peninsula. Known for its vibrant arts culture, 14,000 acres of recreational lands and more than 100 lakes, Big Rapids also boasts a vibrant student population from Ferris State University.
Bordered by a national forest and two state forests, there is plenty to do when visiting this stunningly beautiful part of Michigan. Wile away an entire day at the Huron-Manistee National Forests, where you can view spectacular nature habitats, hunt, take a scenic drive through the park, bike, hike and swim. Just blocks from the center of Big Rapids, cross the border of the nearly 1-million acre public land that’s home to the endangered Kirtland’s warbler for a good dose of bird watching and natural exploration.
The Big Rapids Riverwalk is another must-see destination on the Lower Peninsula. Stroll the award-winning, 2.64-mile, multi-use pathway along the Muskegon River, starting in historic downtown Big Rapids. The Riverwalk winds through Northend Riverside Park and connects to a portion of Michigan’s “Rails to Trails” system. Stop to see the wooden bridge or cast your rod off of one of the many fishing platforms as you’re exploring the pathways.
While at the idyllic Muskegon River, take time to wade downriver in a kayak or rent a fishing boat. In colder seasons, trade in your hiking shoes for cross-country skis or just take a jog while enjoying the remarkable scenery year round.
Make the most of your stay when you spend your evenings one of our friendly, amenity-rich IHG hotels in Big Rapids. With comfortable beds and stylish rooms, you’ll be sure to relax in style and enjoy all that the scenic Lower Peninsula has to offer.