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8 Lesser-Known Parks & Trails To Discover In Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted on February 23rd, 2018

Kalamazoo is spoiled to have so many options when it comes to places to enjoy the great outdoors!

Whether you’re a local, or an outdoor enthusiast currently planning your trip, we wanted to highlight a few of the lesser-known nature preserves, parks and trail options for you to discover in the area. 


Chipman Preserve 

8395 E Main St, Galesburg, MI 49053

The rolling meadows and woodlands of the preserve offer a variety of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts.  Over five miles of easy to moderate mowed trails lead visitors through pine forests, oak-hickory woodlands, and old fields as well as oak savanna and prairie restoration sites.




Fred McLinden Nature Trails 

7405 E H Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

A 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.




Robert Morris Park

8415 E H Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Activities include swimming, fishing, a playground, a disc golf course and more.




Eliason Nature Reserve

9501 Shaver Rd, Portage, MI 49024

Eliason Nature Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.




Kleinstuck Preserve 

2100 Stearns Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Kleinstuck Preserve is a 48-acre nature preserve owned and managed by Western Michigan University. It is one of the few open spaces remaining in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This unique ecosystem includes upland forest, swamp forest, shrub carr and marshland which are home to a wide variety of plants and animals.




Bow in the Clouds Preserve 

1805 Nazareth Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

The highlight of this preserve is the extensive spring fed wetlands that help protect the water quality of the City of Kalamazoo’s well fields just downstream. The wetlands are a diverse mix of sedge meadow, cattail marsh, wet meadow, shrub carr and swamp forest. The uplands are steep slopes with huge specimens of red, white, and black oaks.




Oshtemo Township Park

7275 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

This 70-acre park, located behind the Township Hall at 7275 West Main Street, is a great place to walk, play, or gather with friends.  The recently renovated park features a playground, a paved loop trail, accessible restrooms, two picnic pavilions, tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts, a wiffleball field, and an 18-hole disc golf course. The forested area of the park, with rolling hills and an overlook deck, features a network of unpaved walking trails and is popular for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.




DeLano Farms 

555 W E Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

DeLano Farms is the western portion of the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s 1100 acres. This working educational farm features learning gardens, summer time farmyard animals and  a U pick field.




See here for more outdoor recreation and trail information in Kalamazoo!