87 Kal-Haven Trail
wildlife viewing |
directions and facility information
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
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.