Kalamazoo River Valley Trail in Kalamazoo, MI

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Hiking West Michigan is a snap – there are so many places to choose from, and so much beautiful scenery at each location that it makes it one of our top choices for outdoor things to do in West Michigan.

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to live where we do. West Michigan has incredible scenery! And we have so many well-kept trails and state parks in our area with different things to see.

I have friends in other parts of the U.S. who miss their Michigan home, saying that all the trails where they live are all the same, and not as varied or well-kept as in Michigan.

Don’t wait to experience Michigan in all four wonderful seasons on a trail near you.

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Most of these walking trails are free (some charge a small fee or a parking fee). We’ve checked a lot of these hiking trails off of our list and can’t wait to add some more before the year is over.

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About Kalamazoo River Valley Trail in Kalamazoo
10th St, Kalamazoo MI 49001
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check mark 40x40 navy blue Open: Open all year
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check mark 40x40 navy blue Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash
Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is 20+ miles of trail for walking, biking, rollerblading and skiing.

The trail is a work in progress and currently consists of two trails, linked by bike lanes.

The first portion, 4.8 miles in length, travels through shaded wooded areas, over rolling hills and under US-131 via a tunnel, where you'll end up in the western suburbs of Kalamazoo.

The trail then brings you through downtown where there are places to stop and grab a drink or a bite to eat.

The second section of the trail is 16 miles. It is hilly and winds, and part of it runs along the Kalamazoo River. This long portion of the trail will give you a bit of everything - suburbs, river views, parks, historical sites, food and drink stops, fishing and more!

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The Walking Paths at Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
Linking Kalamazoo to Galesburg, this asphalt-paved rail-to-trail is 20+ miles.

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Features & Amentities
Accessible, Dog Friendly, Free Admission, Good for Rollerblading, Paved Walking Path, Paved Bike Path

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7 thoughts on “Kalamazoo River Valley Trail in Kalamazoo, MI”

  1. Be careful when going to aman park. You will need bug spray. Lots of mosquitoes!! Other than that highly recommended 🙂

  2. We went to the Calvin College Nature Preserve. I didn’t realize their trails were free and open until sunset. Grabbed fellow mom, Allison Hoogheem Kampmueller and her kids, and off we went! It was beautiful! Thanks for posting the info.

  3. We went to the Calvin College Nature Preserve. I didn’t realize their trails were free and open until sunset. Grabbed fellow mom, Allison Hoogheem Kampmueller and her kids, and off we went! It was beautiful! Thanks for posting the info.

  4. Mel – you have officially made my job easier at church as I plan out hikes for our high school students to train on before we head to Colorado. Muchas Gracias sister!

  5. This is so great. We’ve been looking for trails that are near and a little further.
    this is so helpful. thank you!

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