The Kent Trails, constructed on out-of-use railroad lines, is a paved walking and biking path that starts by John Ball Zoo and ends in Grandville. The trail is 15 miles long, and is used in part for Grand Rapids' Fifth/Third Riverbank Run, a 25 K that takes place every May. Access points are at John Ball Zoo, Johnson Park, Douglas Walker Park, and at 84th Street in Byron Center.

Another great run is the pathways around Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids. A loop around the lake is approximately 4.2 miles, and provides pleasant scenery. Dog-walkers, power walkers, marathon runners, and joggers are plentiful, and friendly for the most part. Stay close to the lake to avoid getting lost. Parking is available at East Grand Rapids High School, EGR Middle School, and the adjacent residential neighborhoods.

 Frisbee golf is available in Kentwood at both the Jay Cees Park and Old Farm Park.

Golf is a popular pastime in Grand Rapids, which tends to put out pretty good high school golf teams. One of the best courses around is Thousand Oaks in Plainfield Township on 5 Mile Rd, which has won numerous awards, including most "female-friendly."