Nature Center Loop

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Nature Center Loop is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kalamazoo, Michigan that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

4.6 miles
341 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips



partially paved






no dogs

The Kalamazoo Nature Center offers an extensive network of trails. The path listed here can very easily be made into a longer or shorter path. The nature center requires an admission fee to park unless you hold a membership. Their trails are unpaved and wind through a variety of habitats. You can experience hills, bogs, and a variety of difficulty levels there. The nature center does have bathrooms and water, so you can cool off and use the facilities with paid admission.

1 month ago

We enjoyed a glorious day on the trail today, our first time here. A little muddy due to the recent snow thaw, but we loved every minute of our visit.

3 months ago

trails were well marked, beautiful Fall hike. the creek running they the trails was beautiful, the Fall leaf aroma was awesome

6 months ago

The trail page is a bit misleading. The URL says Kalamazoo Nature Center Trails, but the trail listing is the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. These are not the same. The KRVT allows dogs and is a divided paved trail for walkers, joggers, and bikers. No motorized traffic is allowed. The KRVT has 22 of 35 miles constructed and starts at D avenue, ending in Galesburg. Parking is free at all 12 designated parking spots. It has moderately heavy traffic and runs a variety of programs. The trail winds through a beech maple forest, crosses through some prairie grasslands, runs in front of the Kalamazoo Nature Center (where there is free up front parking for the trail but you cannot enter the KNC), and then back into some more woods before rejoining the river and running along the river into downtown Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo Nature Center requires paid admission unless you're a member (we are, it's worth it, but not just for the trails). Their trails are unpaved and wind through a variety of habitats. You can experience hills, bogs, and a variety of difficulty levels there. These trails are not handicap accessible, and do not allow dogs at all. The nature center does have bathrooms and water, so you can cool off and use the facilities with paid admission.

7 months ago

park at D Ave it's free. it's a perfect work out for me after my heart attack and three stents.

7 months ago

parking at entrance of Nature Center. trail along Westnedge is paved

9 months ago

Dogs not allowed. Great for stroller and young kids!

The information is a bit misleading. I went today and inquired about the trails in the nature center. The girl at the entrance booth said there are 12 miles of walking trails, the cost per vehicle is 7.00$ and no dogs allowed. The trail I assume the description is talking about is the paved walkway that runs along westnedge in front of the nature center which she said is 3 miles in either direction. They will let you park for free at the center if you walk the outer trail.

trail running
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

One of the most beautiful trails I have run in the area. Wide enough in many spots to run two people side by side.

Friday, October 14, 2016

It's nice but it's so expensive to just go for a walk there. I believe it was about $11.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

It's a nice little walking trail but I'm not sure I see why people talk it up so much.

Friday, July 17, 2015

A true gem! Not only for Kalamazoo but for all of Michigan !

I cannot say enough about the place. It IS a must.

Trails for all levels. Well marked


cross country skiing
Monday, May 25, 2015

Beautiful trails

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Kalamazoo Valley River Trail was a fun trail to hike. There are many curves and hills with plenty to look at along the way. Great for bikes as well!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Today was my first time on the trails and I feel like I've only scratched the surface of what there is to see. There is a mix of easy and difficult trails with stunning views.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Great place to run, hike, and cross country ski. The habitat restoration is excellent as well for the natural fauna and flora radiates here!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Delano homestead is a great trip back in history. From the restored home to the working black smith shop you feel like you of stepped back in time.
Plus there are tons of trails leading all over. You can see the large raptors flying around the source pond.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The KNC is one of the hidden gems of Kalamazoo. There are some incredible scenes with creeks, dense forest, and the quarry is pretty amazing too!
Throughout the preserve you will forget your even in town, it is well worth spending the day!

4 months ago

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