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Kal-Haven Trail is a 34 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kalamazoo, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 34.0 miles Elevation Gain: 334 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Kal-Haven Trail State Park

extremely well maintained. perfect for my goal of working up to at least 4 miles per day as a recovery from back surgery. beautiful ridge running through the forest above the Kalamazoo River. i will be back soon!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Great trail. There’s a nice layer of snow on it right now but it’s flat and easy to hike

hiking
bridge out
4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice, easy trail. Beautiful with all the fall leaves. Pups enjoyed it, too!

road biking
8 months ago

Nice easy rails-to-trails pathway. Not really road bike friendly, with gravel interspersed with paved areas, so a cyclocross or hybrid bike is fine. (There is no other selection on this app but road biking or mountain biking) I rode it on my mountain bike, but definitely don’t need to have one to ride this trail. Have ridden sections of it on the South Haven and Kalamazoo ends. Have hiked on it also and even xc skied it in winter.

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent trail for biking and hiking

mountain biking
11 months ago

This trail needs significant maintenance. I must have hit 20 or 30 chuckholes on my way to South Haven. I was nice riding in the shade on a hot day.

hiking
11 months ago

with all of the rain this spring, I wasn't sure whether the trail would have puddles or not. I was surprised that the trail heading east from South Haven was in good shape. We rode 7.5 miles east from South Haven before turning around to go back. I can't wait to come back and ride the trail again and hopefully go farther. It is beautiful!

mountain biking
Thu Dec 13 2018

I love this trail mostly for biking but I’ve hiked a portion of it. Very wide and beautiful, clean and long!

hiking
Sun Oct 21 2018

well groomed, beautiful color tour trail... ready for the challenge?! walk the whole thing morning to evening!... 34 miles of beauty.

Tue Sep 25 2018

Great trail. Maintained very well.

mountain biking
Tue Aug 07 2018

Amazing trail !! Best part was the bridges and a roster on my way !! I doing again !!

Fri Jul 13 2018

Great for biking, hiking, and just enjoying the sounds and sights of nature. This trail is used by many and therefore becomes a ”safe” trail to use. Much is a hard pack surface but it does turn to gravel as you travel west. There are few places along the route for restroom breaks and there are no shelters. Come prepared.

Fri Apr 20 2018

The area along where railroad tracks were are great for mushroom hunters!

mountain biking
Thu Nov 02 2017

fun trail to ride

Sun Oct 29 2017

beautiful trail from Kalamazoo to South Haven.

walking
Thu Oct 26 2017

Great to walk with children.

road biking
Sun Aug 20 2017

If you're doing the entire Kal-Haven Trail, there are many places to stop for food and rest. The trail keeps you safe the entire trip with great signage.

running
Mon Jul 24 2017

Very convenient location for a vacationer in South Haven. If you're looking for a flat course to do distance, this is it. You share the path with bikes, but it wasn't too crowded. Also, the Black River running along the trail is perfect for kayaking.

running
Sun Apr 16 2017

Love this trail. I run and bike about 1,500 miles a year on the Kal. Lots of scenery, decent number of rest stops, never too far from a town.

Thu Mar 30 2017

Great for small sections (bike or walk), or long hikes.

Sat Jul 16 2016

Nice trail, good condition. South Haven is a great destination.

Sun Nov 08 2015

Great bike trail

hiking
Sat Dec 20 2014

Fantastic afternoon bike ride. Well maintained packed dirt trail that road bikes can easily handle. I recommend starting in Kalamazoo as the trail will end in South Haven, just a short mile through town from the Lake Michigan beaches.

mountain biking
Thu Jul 18 2013

Grew up biking on the Kal Haven. Its flat and runs from ~35 miles from Lake Michigan to Kalamazoo through woods and farms. Overall its a great rail trail.

running
Sat Mar 23 2013

Great trail to run and bike! I trained for a marathon on this trail and look forward to another spring season on it!

road biking
Tue Apr 17 2012

Great trail. Absolutely beautiful scenery and wildlife. Have done a full moon ride on it without lights and the moon illuminated the path perfectly! Didn't ride with a road bike due to the terrain you are riding on.

road biking
Tue Jun 28 2011

I've been riding this trail for the last 10 years and love it! Through the woods from Kalamazoo to South Haven. Go all the way through to the beach in South Haven or into downtown Kalamzaoo and grab a beer at Bells Brewery. The trail is crushed limestone, hard pack so not ideal for real road bikes. I use a hybrid Trek with a little more purchase with the tires and it's good. Last year I ended up sitting along the trail for over an hour watching a meadow full of humming birds.

running
snow
Sat Mar 26 2011

Completed this doing the Kal-Haven Trail Run in 2011, training to run it again this April.

cross country skiing
Thu Dec 21 2006

Although I have never completed the entire Kal-Haven trail to South Haven, I cross-country skied on the trail near Kalamazoo many times and enjoyed the peace.

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