Kal-Haven Trail State Park
Stretching 33.5 miles between Kalamazoo and South Haven in southwest Michigan, Kal-Haven Trail State Park rests on an abandoned railroad bed constructed in 1871.
Today, the limestone/slag trail is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. A much-anticipated stop along the trail is Camelback Bridge.
The trail has been recognized as a Pure Michigan Designated Trail and designated as a heritage trail. The City of South Haven has also been designated as a Pure Michigan Designated Trail Town.
The Kal-Haven Heritage Trail project includes 31 exhibit panels that explore the natural and cultural history of the area. An accessible mobile app adds the opportunity to explore the area’s natural and cultural history. Using geo-locations, the app will alert users about nearby heritage sites. To get the app, Android users can download it on Google Play, and Apple iPhone users can access it through a web browser at IWR.MSU.edu/KWT.
The two main trailheads are located at either end of the trail in Kalamazoo and South Haven. There are several other access points along the trail, including Bloomingdale and Grand Junction. The village of Bloomingdale is considered the midpoint and serves as a great rest spot that features a caboose, Depot Museum (open for tours) and vault toilet for visitors.
Van Buren Trail State Park connects in South Haven and provides 14 miles of additional trail.
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