Around every corner here in 269, no matter the season, there’s a park or trail perfect for those much needed hikes to help you escape to nature.
This list is perfect for those days when you get the urge to surround yourself with the beauty of lush gardens, observe natural wildlife, meander through meadows or feel the sand in your toes along the majestic shores of Lake Michigan. Whenever you decide to satisfy the need to wander, these spots are ready and waiting to open the door to adventure!
A visit to the Kalamazoo Nature Center offers 13 trails covering over 10 miles of varied habitats from ponds to prairies, fens and forest, and all things in between.
7000 N Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park has one mile of sandy beach and high dune formations. It’s the perfect place to lounge on the beach, walk through woodland trails and enjoy a picnic lunch.
10336 Blue Star Hwy – off Lovejoy
South Haven, MI 49090
Van Buren Trail State Park
Hartford, MI 49057
The rugged terrain, bogs, marshes, lakes, streams and unique beauty of the park’s 5,200 acres lend itself to many forms of recreation
2104 S Briggs Rd
Middleville, MI 49333
Asylum Lake Preserve is a 274-acre parcel of land that is owned by Western Michigan University. The lake and adjoining property lie in the West Fork of the Portage Creek Watershed.
3836 S Drake Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
The 33 mile former railroad bed has a limestone/slag surface. Linking the city of South Haven to the city of Kalamazoo the trail crosses over bridges, passes through small towns and by points of historical interest.
Kal-Haven Trail State Park
4143 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
South Haven, MI 49090
Currently, there are 22 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 35th St. in Galesburg to D Avenue, traveling through River Oaks County Park, 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.
A day-use park along a secluded strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers 2.5 miles of shore line. The park has fresh water coastal dunes that are over 200 feet tall. The park’s terrain varies from steep slopes to rolling hills.
3834 66th Street,
Saugatuck, MI 49453
The Battle Creek Linear Park offers unlimited recreational and educational opportunities. With more than 26 miles of paved pathway, the park is perfect for a brisk jog or leisurely stroll. The park is also a resource for learning more about the world around you as it features unique plant, animal, picnicing, playgrounds, fishing, historical and cultural points-of-interest.
Trail end points: Dickman Rd. at Brady Rd.
and Bailey Park in Battle Creek
As in other neighborhoods across the city, NPC 9, Rural Southwest, has plenty of Linear Park path to enjoy. This section heads south from Beckley Road and includes plenty of boardwalks and pretty plants and water from Brickyard Creek. How do you recreate on the Linear Park path?? #battlecreekmi #neighborhoodtour #neighborhood #neighborhoodplanningcouncil #npc #rural #parks #linearpark #bike #run #walk #parksandrec #parksandrecreation #wherewelive
Woodland Park and Nature Preserve is the only community park and nature preserve within the city limits of Battle Creek. This park is a 145-acre nature area with one entrance on Helmer Road, just 2 miles north of I-94, and another on Gethings Road.
2518 Gethings Road
Battle Creek MI 49015
This recreation area has three lakes as well as the Kalamazoo River, high rolling meadows, soggy wetland, and abundant woods. There are 22 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails.
5163 Fort Custer Dr
Augusta, MI 49012
Kalamazoo College’s Lillian Anderson Arboretum comprises 140 acres of marsh, meadow, pine plantation and second-growth deciduous forest in Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. The Arboretum is located on M43 (West Main Street), about 5.5 miles away from Kalamazoo College. From the College’s campus, head west along West Main Street, away from downtown, for about 4.5 miles. You will pass the bridge over 131, and Meijer. West Main Street will become M43. Once you’ve passed Meijer, the newly constructed parking lot to the Arb is located about a mile away, on the left hand side of the road, just after a white farmhouse.
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Rated among the 25 best shorelines in the world by Conde Nast’s Traveler, Oval Beach has the right combination of sand dunes, seclusion and services that create its cachet. Discover it best by riding across the Kalamazoo River on a hand-pulled chain ferry from the town of Saugatuck, climbing 282 steps to Mount Baldhead, and descending onto the grassy coastal sands.
698 Water Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453
Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. It also has a dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake with spectacular views and 1,952 acres of recreational opportunity.
12032 Red Arrow Highway
Sawyer, MI 49125
Grand Mere State Park is characterized by magnificent sand dunes, deep blowouts and one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline. Three inland lakes lie behind the dunes in the undeveloped natural area.
Stevensville, MI 49127