Explore the most popular trails near Kalamazoo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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trail running
2 days ago

This is a great trail for those just getting into trail running. Quick loop with relatively level terrain. I did a few loops around to get my miles in. It was very peaceful for being right in the heart of Kalamazoo!

trail running
8 days ago

This is my absolute favorite trail in our area! Don't hesitate to use the off-shoot trails for a more challenging run and to see the beautiful woods and creatures! With the leaves above, it's cooler on hot days and even keeps you a bit dry during some rain storms.

hiking
11 days 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.

on Kal-Haven Trail

mountain biking
14 days ago

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

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.

on Atwater Loop Trail

1 month 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.

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

on Asylum Lake Trail

1 month ago

I really liked this trail! Lots of wildlife and black raspberries bushes along the North side of the lake.

If you actually want to do the loop around the lake, stick with the smaller trail that hugs the shoreline. Parts of it are a little overgrown and the last bit before you hit the road was really muddy. You have to walk along the road for just a bit but then you can cut back in to the trails.

on Atwater Loop Trail

1 month 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!

good urban trail. No dirt trails so not a "hike" but nice and long out and back.

hike this trail a few times a week. local in Kalamazoo, paved and well maintained

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

great, short hike in Kalamazoo

Stroller friendly. Bathrooms available. Kid friendly. Great walk.

Dogs not allowed. Great for stroller and young kids!

walking
3 months ago

Nice trail some hills easy walk for beginners... water birds deer squirrels and chipmunks

walking
3 months ago

Great trail mostly flat mostly sunny beautiful lake consider it unmarked. Without the app I don't believe I could have made it back to the car lol. #truth

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.

Beautiful place for a hike! There’s the main trial around the lake and many other small trails off of that if you want to explore a bit more. Will definitely go back.

walking
3 months ago

A great area in Kalamazoo to go stretch your legs and soak up nature. Visit the lake or meander through the woods. We used to live across the street and walk this daily. Our dog loved it! Off the main trail of you stick to the north side of the lake there is another small beach that not as many people stop at. Perfect for letting your dog enjoy the water.

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

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail in Kalamazoo! Probably my favorite in the area! I love the stream!

walking
4 months ago

Hidden gem. You can drive right past the entrance of this one and never know it was there. Easy walking trails with lots of scenery. Sadly, however, it shows signs of use by folks who feel it’s okay to throw trash as they move along. Definitely recommend. Next time I go, I’m bring small trash bag or two, some gloves, and my trash-picker-upper tool to help out with keeping it beautiful.

No trail markings. Muddy at times. Fairly busy.

backpacking
5 months ago

This is a pretty legit trail. Lots of really nice people, beautiful scenery and trash cans places every so often. A ton of litter up near the Winchell Way apartments and the trails were poorly marked. Sorta hard to follow but luckily I had this app. I will probably return.

Short and sweet. Dog-log stations and bathrooms at both ends are awesome. Trash cans every so often and the scenic overlooks are worth the short walk. Well maintained and well marked.

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.

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 ☺️

Frequently used trail. Good for biking, walking, and running.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained for how rarely you run into other people. This trail connects Spring Valley Elementary and the Nazareth Complex.

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