Asylum Lake Trail

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Asylum Lake Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kalamazoo, MI that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles 137 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Former site of the Kalamazoo mental hospital. Now WMU has turned this area into a wild life preserve. This boasts a very large lake, trails, and loads of wildlife.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful stream with bridge, great for a picnic.

walking
5 months ago

My boyfriend and I go here all the time with our fur children. I don't know who enjoys it more: us or the dogs.

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

walking
6 months ago

6 months ago

loved it. went off the main path along the lake. felt so refreshing to reconnect with nature.

6 months ago

7 months ago

walking
9 months ago

I love this place. I take my dog here all the time and she loves it too. The scenery is beautiful and I can't wait for everything to start turning green!!

hiking
1 year ago

This is a pleasant hike, with both wooded paths and prairie paths Some of the paths are gravel or remnants of old streets. There is a downloadable app which helps you find your way on the trails, and indicates points of interest: Asylum Lake Preserve app.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice , close to home. Trails not marked well once you leave the trailhead but you'll have no problem following them. I followed some wildlife paths ( human or otherwise) all the way around the lake with a short walk along Drake Rd.

Nice place, loaded with deer and raccoon. Bring bug spray.....all in all a nice fun quick jaun .

trail running
2 years ago

Trails aren't really marked once you enter. That being said, it's small enough that you won't get lost and there are plenty of hills to give you a good workout. It's in the city, but quiet enough and far enough out of the way to provide a peaceful and relaxing jog or walk.

hiking
2 years ago

Trails could be better marked although it would be tough to get lost here...

walking
3 years ago

I have hiked here several times. Best times to go are in the spring and the fall. Trails are well-marked and easy to follow. Great place for birding. Asylum Lake is a home for waterfowl. I have plenty of good memories of this place.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a fantastic place to get away from the hussle and bustle in kalamazoo. The history is rich here and ghost stories during night runs/hikes are great!

hiking
4 years ago

The nature preserve has a pretty prairie that you can walk through and a hiking trail that goes all the way around the lake close to the shore. There are several tiny beaches where you could swim or fish. I've seen many deer out on the trail. If you go around one side of the lake and then back around the other you could hike around 5 miles.

hiking
4 years ago

A truly nice place to spend some time. WMU has done a nice job keeping this a great place to spend some time.
There are a couple places to jump in the water on a hot day. Some nice easy trails that are well manicured. All in all a great place.