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87 Kal-Haven TrailSouthern Lower Peninsula

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covered bridge covered bridge trail through woods
Photos: © Phil Seng


view of water
Photo: © Phil Seng

This site contains thirty-eight miles of abandoned railroad corridor of which 34 miles have been converted to a hiking/biking trail between Kalamazoo and South Haven. The trail traverses forests, agricultural lands, open fields, streams, and 11 towns and cities. It crosses 7 bridges that provide scenic views of rivers, streams, and the surrounding countryside. Due to reduced maintenance practices, restrooms and drinking water facilities are available on a limited scale.

Wildlife Viewing

Portions of the trail offer a good chance of seeing squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks, and rabbits from spring through fall. White-tailed deer and wild turkeys are common and raccoons, opossums, and red foxes are seen occasionally, especially at dawn and dusk. Songbirds such as cardinals and chickadees can be seen year-round, while bluebirds are common in spring and summer. Nearly 80 bluebird nest boxes have been erected and are maintained along the trail in the open field habitat that bluebirds require.


Directions to Kalamazoo terminus: From Kalamazoo, take M-43 west to 10th Street. Turn right onto 10th Street and travel about one mile to the parking area on the left side of the street.

Directions to South Haven terminus: From Van Buren State Park, take the Blue Star Memorial Highway north about 6 miles until you see signs for the trail.

Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Administered by Van Buren State Park (269) 637-2788). Additional Funding and maintenance provided by Friends of the Kal-Haven Trail.

Size: 38 linear miles

Closest towns: Kalamazoo and South Haven (trail end points)

Weather and Driving Directions for Kalamazoo

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More information can be found by visiting the DNR's site (link leads to web app allowing users to search for campgrounds, harbors, trails and more), or by conducting a Google search:


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