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Bike Friendly Getaway in Kalamazoo

Posted on May 18th, 2018

 

Bust out your wheels and pedal through Kalamazoo, Michigan. Right now, it’s very easy to bike from South Haven to Kalamazoo (if you can handle the 35-mile trail). Soon it will be just as easy to bike from Grand Rapids with the River to River Trail. The bike community is very strong, and 52 new bike racks were installed along the Downtown Kalamazoo River Valley Trail in 2017. Wherever your pedals start rolling, they are sure to find their way to a bike-friendly Kalamazoo!

 

 

Trails

There are plenty of Kalamazoo parks to enjoy, but our trails set us apart from other “bike friendly” places to visit. Novice trail trekkers can take a spin, but even experienced cyclists can be challenged by the beautiful trails!

 

Kal-Haven
Coordinates: 42°19′32″N85°40′08″W
The Kal-Haven Trail is the crown jewel of bike paths in Western Michigan with 34.5 miles of limestone trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo. Parts of the trail run along Lake Michigan, through small towns, and over six bridges. This trail is not just for biking – you can also hike along the trail, ride horses, and snowmobile!

 

Al Sabo Land Preserve
Coordinates: 42° 13′ 44.32″ N, 85° 40′ 0.98″ W
This gorgeous land preserve has over 25 miles of trails, and 7 of these trails are made available to bikers. Bike enthusiasts agree these trails are perfect for all levels of difficulty. Plus, you can’t beat the scenery with gorgeous meadows, wetlands, and forests.

 

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Fort Custer State Recreation Area
Coordinates: 42° 19′ 6″ N, 85° 20′ 42″ W
Cyclists can glide through 25-miles of maintained trails at Fort Custer. It’s also a great place for camping, hiking, fishing, and nearly every other outdoor activity you could imagine. There are also three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, and a swimming beach!

 

Maple Hill Trail
Coordinates: 42.3369° N, 85.5903° W
Riders can take on banked turns, tabletops, jumps, and rock features on this 5.5 mile trail. With climbs and descents this unique trail is a total thrill ride!

 

Kalamazoo River Trail
Coordinates: 42°19′32″N85°40′08″W
When complete, this trail will be 35 miles of paved paradise for non-motorized journeys from Battle Creek to Kalamazoo. Currently there is about 22 miles complete. Stay tuned for updates!

 

Bike Tours

Make your way around the area with a local! These bike tours will give you some great insight to the bikeways and different things to do in the area.

 

Bike the Zoo’s Monthly Community Ride
This group meets on the first Monday of every month (April – October) for an 8+ mile ride through the city. It’s considered a “slow pace” ride so everyone can join. It’s free and fun for all ages. All you need is your bike!

 

West Michigan Beer Biking Tour
In case you didn’t know – Kalamazoo takes beer pretty seriously. So naturally you can take a beer biking tour in the area! West Michigan Beer Tours offer a visit to at least 3 brewery stops, a tour director who’s knowledgeable about the industry, meet and greets with brewers, and samples at each location. What a great way to work off a beer belly!

 

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Stores

Cabbage Brothers Bicycles, PEDAL, and Kzoo Swift
Forgot your bike? No problem. Cabbage Brothers and PEDAL have bike rentals. These local businesses also provide professional bike repair, and biking supplies. Stop by and visit PEDAL and Kzoo Swift, but get in touch with the Cabbage Brothers – they come to YOU with a full service van!

 

Whichever way you decide to bike around Kalamazoo, be sure to use #DiscoverKalamazoo while you do! Last but not least, here’s a list of helpful tools for planning your trip to Kalamazoo, Michigan.