Pedal the Trails
Kalamazoo offers a wide variety of bicycle trails for riders of any level, from scenic trails that meander through meadows and overlook the river, to challenging single tracks, you’ll find the perfect trail for your adventure.
Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is the newest Kalamazoo County Park! The trail is free to
use and has a paved-asphalt surface that is 12-feet wide. It’s a multi-purpose trail for non-motorized transportation and recreation.
Currently, there are 17 miles complete of this non-motorized, paved-asphalt trail. One stretch begins at 10th Street, heading east from the Kal-Haven Caboose and stretching 4.8 miles to Westnedge Ave. You can also enjoy a section that connects River Street in Comstock to D Avenue, traveling through Mayors’ Riverfront Park, Verburg Park, along Riverview Dr., and heading north along Markin Glen County Park and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. These two segments are connected by a signed-route throughout downtown Kalamazoo, featuring the Arcadia Creek Festival Place as well as many places to eat and shop.
As funds and property become available the trail will continue to grow, realizing a vision that has been in the works since 1991. Once complete, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will encompass 35 miles of trail throughout Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo will be a regional hub connecting Battle Creek to Lake Michigan, and D Ave. to Portage.
This existing trail and planned trails in other counties will link more than 140 miles of trail connecting the Battle Creek Linear Park, Kal-Haven State Park Trail, and Portage Bicentennial Park Trail.
Al Sabo Land Preserve
Al Sabo Land Preserve comprises 741 acres of marsh, forest, streams, and rolling hills. Numerous trails provide recreational opportunities throughout the Preserve, including 7 miles of mountain biking trails.
Fort Custer Recreation Area
Located in Augusta between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Fort Custer Recreation Area features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, second-growth forests, prairie restoration areas, a 219-site campground, and a 20+ mile multi-use trail system used by mountain bikers. There are four different trails for all levels of riders, from beginners to experts.
The Kal-Haven Trail is a 33.5 mile-long linear, multi-use trail that links Kalamazoo to South Haven on the Lake Michigan shore. The trail starts in South Haven on North Bailey Avenue and ends in Kalamazoo on 10th Street. The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail connects to the Kal-Haven Trail on 10th Street and continues through Kalamazoo County for another 17 miles.
The route of the Kal-Haven Trail follows an original railroad from 1870. The railroad bed has been converted to a trail with limestone/slag surface and is usable for all non-motorized bicycles and hiking.
The City of Portage extensive bikeway system allows users to enjoy nature, connects citizens to retail and cultural resources and brings neighbors and neighborhoods together. The system includes 17.5 miles of off-road trail and 38.5 miles of bicycle lanes.
This unique site, located along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail and on the bank of the Kalamazoo River, connects to downtown Kalamazoo, Spring Valley Park, Markin Glen Park,and the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Formerly blighted, the site is undergoing a transformation into a community programming space and a center of interest and activity promoting access to the Kalamazoo River and Trailways.
To learn more about this exciting project, please visit their website.
Bike Friendly Kalamazoo
Super-handy central resource for useful bike-related information for Kalamazoo, Southwest Michigan and the state.
Beer + Bicycling
Beer + Bikes. They’re kind of a no-brainer. Especially when you realize how close many of our breweries are to the miles of amazing bike trails in Kalamazoo County. Taking a cue from the hugely successful Brewery Walking Tours, West Michigan Beer Tours offered Beer + Bike Tours for the summer of 2015 and expect to offer them again in 2016. They’re busy finalizing all the details for 2016, but be sure to keep an eye on their website for all the information.