Kent County Parks
Kent County Parks

Townsend Park

Activities and Facilities

townsend trails
Hiking Trails
The northern 80 acre section of the park is mostly undeveloped and contains a hilly mix of mature pine stands with some wetlands, natural woods and open ground. A natural-surfaced hiking trail departs from the parking lot on 6 Mile Rd to explore the wooded hills, making a loop of about 9/10ths of a mile. Midway through the loop, a shortcut creates a shorter loop of about 2/3rds of a mile. The park map shows this trail in good detail. The natural-surfaced trails at Townsend are closed to bikes, equestrians and motorized uses.

townsend cannon trail
Cannon Township Trail
The Cannon Trail is a paved multi-use trail extending from the Township Hall at Myers Lakes Ave and Belding Rd to Townsend Park. Extensions are planned at both ends of the trail, to bringing the trail into Cannonsburg and continue north toward Luton Park. Within Townsend Park, the trail includes a scenic boardwalk over wetlands at the northwest corner of the park. You can find more information about the trail including a map and future plans on the Cannon Township website.

Cross Country Skiing
The trails at Townsend Park are open to skiers and snowshoers in the winter. Townsend's trails are ungroomed.
townsend picnics and events
Picnics and Group Events
Townsend Park has eight picnic areas, an historic open picnic shelter, and an enclosed shelterhouse that are available for picnics and other group events such as weddings, meetings, reunions and parties. All of these may be reserved for a fee. If picnic areas or the open shelter are not reserved, they are available first-come first-served for no fee.


townsend playground
The park includes three separate playground structures that are conveniently located near the A, B and C picnic areas.

townsend bear creek
Bear Creek runs through or along the border of Townsend Park for more than a mile, with easy access from numerous locations. The creek is a Michigan DNR designated Type 1 trout stream.