Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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

7 days 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

18 days 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

18 days 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!

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
2 months ago

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

walking
2 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
2 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
3 months ago

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

walking
3 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
3 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.

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 ☺️

hiking
5 months ago

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

cross country skiing
6 months ago

rolling but not difficult and very scenic. great accessibility.

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
6 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
8 months ago

Nice walk with the dog. Could hear lawnmowers, see cars on Nazareth Rd., etc. throughout much of the hike, so not too secluded, but nice scenery

mountain biking
8 months ago

fun trail to ride

beautiful trail from Kalamazoo to South Haven.

walking
8 months ago

Great to walk with children.

hiking
8 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.

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