Atwater Loop Trail

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Atwater Loop Trail is a 4 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 May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

Al Sabo Preserve is an area of northeastern Texas Township, in southwestern Kalamazoo County, Michigan. It comprises 741 acres of marsh, forest, streams, and rolling hills. Numerous trails provide recreational opportunities throughout the Preserve.

3 months ago

Follow the lookout trail to the land bridge to cross over to the North hiking trails. No bikes allowed. Well marked trails with colored arrows but parts were pretty overgrown.

3 months ago

Pretty trails. Not super well marked, lots of off-shoots. Most of the time I wasn't actually on the official trails. The app kept me going in the right direction though!

7 months ago

Two friends and I did a shake-down hike here. Very beautiful but the trails were not marked very well. We got lost and had to navigate out. Trails are well-enough maintained but needs improvement with trail marking.

7 months ago

Cool place! Today was my first time here. The trails weren’t marked properly, making it hard to figure out where to go. I will be back, my dog and I enjoyed it ☺️

hiking
9 months ago

This is a very nice moderate trail. We spent about 2 hours today wondering through most of the preserve; nearly 6 miles of documented tracks. The system is not marked very well, but half the fun is getting lost. The fresh snow made this hike awesome. The scenery was fantastic. Great place to cross country ski, snowshoe, or hike after a fresh snowfall.

hiking
11 months ago

Few elevation changes here and there... scenery changes from deep forest with narrow lane to wider lane or to open prairie? In summary, enough changes in scenery to make it interesting for 5.3 confirmed hiking miles. I saw a white tailed deer, lots of chipmunks and white geese or swan. There is no washroom, no water fountain, no trash can and no markings on trails to tell you where you are.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fantastic hike with lots of trails for hiking and biking. Short trails in meadows and long ones in pine forests. Beautiful.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Got in a wonderful ten mile hike with a good friend :-) Beautiful place!!!

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fun hike with some nice look outs. Take you're hammock and relax in the woods.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

So many great lookout places and several trail heads to experience a new home every time!

Monday, July 03, 2017

I love going out to Al Sabo, it is actually the first place I started going to for hiking. I was taken back by the sheer beauty of the place, natural untouched. Everytime I go it feels like I'm on a different trail. great place to take your dogs- they'll have a blast!!

trail running
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Trail markings hard to follow the first time, but great outdoor landscape to explore.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Beautiful network of trails. Several views overlooking lakes. Moderate terrain. Great for dogs. Just be careful. I would download a GPS map to mark your progress. I took a wrong turn and ended up on a different trail that took me a couple miles out of my intended way.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Fun trail, not marked very well.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

if you go behind Kvcc where the windmill is the trail is absolutely stunning. wear bug spray as summer.approaches

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Love taking the kids here to hike for a few miles.

walking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Loved the trees and hills. Very busy on the weekends, but absolutely beautiful.

Monday, November 07, 2016

nice and wooded and very quiet and secluded

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

very nice wooded hiking area, can be kind of busy on the weekend though

Sunday, April 03, 2016

such a great place

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

how was the caves ?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Impossible to find for out of towner. Don't follow the directions on this site or use s map app. Finally found it off Texas Dr near Scout Rd.

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

IT IS NOT 25 MILE LOOP!!! There is a 3 mile and 2.5 MILE loop. The trails are one way but are not marked very well. on what is a hiking trail and which direction is correct.

Trails are not very technical. it would be good if you wanted to get your young kids into trail riding. It is more for hikers.

hiking
Saturday, March 23, 2013

Great place to trail run that is near Kalamazoo/Portage area!

road biking
Sunday, October 07, 2012

Thanks for this very helpful article.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Great beginner to medium trail. Great people along the way. Was pretty busy, but it was a Saturday morning, so not unexpected.

hiking
Sunday, June 03, 2012

At first glance from the entrance this appears to be a very pedestrian trail. It is however anything but. There are so many off shoots throughout the preserve. Trails seem to go every which way making it an expansive maze of pine forest, streams, and ponds.
This is a place where one should try to spend an entire day just exploring. You can really get the feeling that you are miles from anything.
It is not a difficult trail but there are section that can get your heart racing due to the inclines in the trail.
If you keep an eye out you'll find the wooden trail through the swamp.
All in all it is a great place that you do not have to be far from town to enjoy.

hiking
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

This is one of my new favorite places, it has a ton of hiking trails through lots of varied scenery. There are also around five miles of mountain biking trails with hills, roots and a log jump. There are several sandy spots.

20 days ago

hiking
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