5 Scenic Trails To Discover In Kalamazoo This Fall


We love hiking and exploring nature! This week happens to be Trails Week in Michigan. When the weather starts to turn cooler and the leaves start to change a wide variety of colors is one of the best times to hit the trails.

I’ve created a list of some of our favorite scenic trails to discover in Kalamazoo this Fall. The best part is, the trails listed below are free to hike. Just don’t forget to bundle up and lace up those hiking boots!

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail- The trail operates as a Kalamazoo County Park and offers visitors approximately 24 miles of paved trail that spreads throughout Kalamazoo County. It runs along Mayors’ Riverfront Park, Markin Glen County Park, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and more. We love riding bikes on this trail and zooming down the hills.

Multiple trail entrances/parking.

West Lake Nature Preserve- This beautiful preserve is located in Portage, however, it’s only minutes from Kalamazoo and worth the drive. There’s 110-acres of wetland bog with abundant plant life, birds to spot, and wildlife waiting to be discovered. There’s a playground for the kids before the trail starts. Raised boardwalks make it possible to walk over the wetland/bog areas that eventually lead to a panoramic view of West Lake.

9001 S. Westnedge Portage, MI 49002

Bow In The Clouds- The highlight of this preserve is the wetlands and boardwalk system- approximately 1,000 feet. Make sure you check out the viewing platform that can be seen near the parking lot which provides breathtaking views of the terrain below. 1 mile of trail total. The entrance to the parking lot is hard to see so make sure you’re keeping a watchful eye out for it.

3401 Nazareth Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Asylum Lake Preserve- Asylum Lake Preserve is a beautiful preserve with 274 acres of land owned by a local college, Western Michigan University. The property serves as a research area but is open to the public. Birds and wildlife including deer can sometimes be seen roaming the trails and the highlight is the beautiful Asylum Lake.

3836 S. Drake Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Kal- Haven Trail- This former railroad trail runs from the city of Kalamazoo to the city of South Haven. It spans 33 miles and crosses over bridges, historical markers and towns along the way. Walk or ride your bike through some or all of the trail. There is two main trailheads located at the beginning and ending of the trail in Kalamazoo and South Haven, however, there are additional access points throughout the trail as well.

4143 10th St. N, Kalamazoo, MI
66 N Bailey Ave, South Haven, MI

Have you visited any of these 5 Kalamazoo trails yet? Do you plan on hiking any this Fall? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comment section below.


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