Trail Town – Lowell, MI
Lowell is a charming community in West Michigan where the Grand River meets the Flat, a wide winding river known for its smallmouth bass fishing and bald eagle sightings. Once inhabited by a village of Ottawa Indians, Lowell’s history involves fur traders, flour makers, and influence from great Americans such as Henry Ford and President Gerald Ford. The North Country Trail through Lowell and the surrounding area provides a great recreational resource to the community and makes Lowell attractive to visitors from across the state and the country. In return, Lowell provides plenty of amenities to replenish hikers on their way down the trail.
Lowell is also home to the North Country Trail Association National Headquarters and the National Park Service. Feel free to stop in to talk with the staff. They are always ready and willing to provide hikers with information and maps as well as bathrooms (no showers) and Internet access. While you are here, check out the mural on the side of the building. In 2013, LowellArts! teamed up with Grand Rapids artist Erwin Erkfitz and a group of Lowell High School students to design build and paint three large outdoor murals reflecting the mission of the North County Trail Association.
Along with the North Country National Scenic Trail, Lowell is home to several other local and regional trail networks, making it truly a Trail Town. Check out the Lowell Area Trailway and the The Fred Meijer River Valley Trails. Lowell is a vibrant community with a calendar full of events for all ages. For a complete list of local businesses and an events calendar, visit http://www.discoverlowell.org/.
Lowell is one of Michigan’s premier North Country Trail towns. Use the map to hike more than 8 miles of the NCT from Lowell area. Enjoy a stroll on the Lowell Riverwalk, a hike through stands of Red Pine and Maple with overlooks of the Flat River or a picnic at Fallasburg Park. The NCT through Lowell offers something for everyone. Please visit us in Lowell; it’s the Next Place to Be!
This section of the NCT is built and maintained by the Western Michigan Chapter of the NCTA. Be sure to check out their calendar of activities to get involved.
Laundromat: Curtis Cleaners
Camping: Lowell Fairgrounds
Lodging: Main Street Inn
Dining: Ella’s, Larkin’s, Flat River Grill, Sneakers, Backwater Café and Keiser’s Kitchen.
Groceries and gear: Dollar General, Meijer, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware.
Click here for a narrative of the suggested hike from Lowell to Fallasburg Park.
Click here for a printable version of the map.