Acquired from the State of Michigan in 1924, Gordon Park was the first park in the Kent County Parks system. Due to its location on Northland Drive, the park quickly became a popular stopover for travelers. Today, its open tree canopies and scenic natural areas make it a favorite park for picnicking. Gordon Park also serves as a trailhead for the Fred Meijer White Pine State Trail.
The White Pine Trail is Michigan’s longest rail/trail stretching a distance of just under 100 miles on the former Grand Rapids and Indiana rail bed. The trail reaches from the north end of Grand Rapids to Cadillac. Future trails will intersect the White Pine establishing it as the backbone of the Michigan rail/trail system.