Asylum Lake Trail

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

2.6 miles
118 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


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.

cross country skiing
23 days ago

rolling but not difficult and very scenic. great accessibility.

26 days ago

Trekked around Asylum Lake Preserve today. The trails around the lake are tight, and most likely very wet in the spring. The cold and snow made the trip today quite enjoyable. Also, not much traffic today...but in the spring or summer this preserve is very well travelled. Lot of dog walkers. I will probably continue to make this a winter excursion.

5 months ago

We followed the trail all the way through. It was mucky and led to a major road. There was fencing around us for most of the trail. I would not recommend this trail.

5 months ago

Came from out-of-town and walked this in the Fall ~ was just okay. Lots of dog-walkers, and just average sightseeing. Easy trail to walk. Would use this all the time, though, if I had a furry-friend and they could swim in the lake!

9 months ago

Nice trail close to home. It can be quite busy at weekends. People don't always keep their dogs on a leash and - especially in winter - don't pick up after them! The walk around the lake is lovely and peaceful. Lots of bird life to see.

11 months ago

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

beautiful stream with bridge, great for a picnic.

Friday, July 08, 2016

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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

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

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

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!!

Monday, September 07, 2015

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.

Friday, July 17, 2015

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
Saturday, August 16, 2014

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.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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.

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