Plan a picnic lunch, there are several grills and pavilion areas available.
Good to know
Mosquitos can be bad in the park from spring through fall. Bring bug spray.
The park is open sunrise to sundown and it is less crowded closest to those times.
Recommended time of the year
The park has activities for all seasons. There is sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter and the trails and disc golf are open late spring through late fall.
Parking at the main entrance off of Grovenburg Road costs $3-$4 per car. Parking at the Riverbend Trailhead off of Nichols Road or at the back of the park at McNamara Landing are both free.
About This Day
Burchfield Park near Lansing, Michigan provides something for the outdoor-loving family of all ages. Hiking trails for any child are easy to find and navigate. Plus, biking trails of all levels are quite accessible. A good starting point is at Riverbend Natural Area, where most activities are offered. Then, make your way to Burchfield Park playground area. This is a great site for a picnic, so be sure to pack a picnic lunch and settle in for as long as you like. In addition to trails and hiking, there's a swimming area and beach that are well kept. Make sure to check out and enjoy the views of the Grand River, which are stunning. Lastly, if visiting the park in fall, get in a spectacular display of the changing leaves.
This is a starting point for almost any activity in the park. You can put canoes or kayaks in the river here. This is a trailhead to start mountain biking or hiking. It is just a short walk (about 800 meters) toward the main area of Burchfield Park to the playgrounds and activities there.
The park has something for everyone. Two playgrounds, two disc golf courses, swimming, paddle boat/kayak/canoe rentals, fishing, hiking and mountain biking trails, sand volleyball and pavilions. A sledding hill with snow tube rental and cross-country skiing with rentals are available in the winter.
DIRECTIONS You can park at several spots in Burchfield Park or you can walk along the trails about a half mile from the Riverbend Natural Area.
TIP If you are unfamiliar with the park, print a map to orientate yourself. It is easy to get around once you know where you are headed.