Southwest Michigan offers a number of options to explore on two wheels; try these 9 Kalamazoo bike paths in varying difficulties and distances:
Eliason Nature Reserve Trail | 1614 W Osterhout Ave, Portage, MI 49024
The Eliason Nature Reserve is a 123-acre property offering a combination of uplands and wetlands and is part of the Bishop’s Bog complex. The paved trail is spacious and allows for easy passing of walkers, joggers, and bikers.
Kal-Haven Trail | Trailheads at 10th Street, Kalamazoo and Baily Street, South Haven
Boasting over 30 miles of limestone path, the Kal-Haven trail connects Kalamazoo with South Haven. The scenic route takes riders through farmland, wooded areas, and over rivers and streams. The trail can also be used for cross-country skiing, hiking, and walking or running.
Kalamazoo River Valley Trail | D Avenue East, Kalamazoo
The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is a regional trail connecting parts of Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren County. Currently, there are 22 miles of paved, asphalt trail suitable for non-motorized transportation.
There are entrances to the trail including 10th Street, Westnedge Ave, 35th St in Galesburg, D Avenue, Verburg Park, Riverview Park, and the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Kindleberger Park | 122 N Riverview Dr, Parchment, MI 49004
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of over 40 acres. There are paved paths around the park as well as playgrounds, tennis courts, pavilions, and summer entertainment.
Lakeview Park | 9345 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
A great access spot to bike with younger kids is Lakeview Park. There are paved paths across the park perfect for little bikes or strollers. Afterward, you can play at the two playgrounds or go out on the pier overlooking Austin Lake.
Linear Park | 35 W Hamblin Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Linear Park in Battle Creek boasts over 26 miles of paved trail for biking, jogging, and general recreation. The trail goes around much of the greater Battle Creek area, so visitors to the trail can hop on nearly anywhere.
Free parking with easy access is located near Friendship Park in downtown Battle Creek.
Markin Glen Park | 5300 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49004 | Entrance Fee Applies
Beginner and advanced bikers will enjoy riding the five miles of singletrack trails around the Maple Hill Bike Track located on the west side of the park. In addition to the bike trails, the park offers hiking, playgrounds, tennis courts and a sandy beach.
Portage Bikeway | Portage
The Portage Bikeway connects over 55 miles of off-road trails and bikeways throughout the city of Portage. Part of the bikeway is on regular city streets and part of the bikeway is on a separate, off-road paved trail for pedestrian and bike use.
The four-mile Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail is kept clear in the winter months, along with a stretch of trail between Romence Road and Constitution Boulevard. Make sure to use the full Bikeway Brochure.
Vicksburg Trailway | TU Ave west of Sprinkle Rd and Richardson St north of North St, Vicksburg
If your family is looking for a shorter ride, the Vicksburg Trailway is a 1.8-mile paved trail through scenic woodlands and northeastern Vicksburg neighborhoods. A portion of the trail passes through the Vicksburg Recreation Area, with areas for picnics, nature trails, and disc golf.
Make sure to stop at the Vicksburg Depot Museum to check out unique artifacts related to the area’s railroad history.