The Kal-Haven Trail is an amazing 34 mile long linear, multi-use trail that links Kalamazoo to South Haven and is southwest Michigan’s premier tourist destination.

The Trail passes through busy towns and  small villages, open farmland and orchards, delicate wetlands and ends on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The Kal-Haven Trail State Park ranks as the Number 1 ‘thing do to’ by TripAdvisor for our region.Trail highlights include a camelback bridge east of Grand Junction and a covered bridge 1 1/2 miles from the trailhead in South Haven. 

Chicago Tribune
October2, 2019

Best fall bike rides in the Midwest: 3 epic trips for adventurous leaf peepers

No state has a more extensive rails-to-trails network than Michigan, where nearly 2,500 miles of railroad corridor have been converted into linear playgrounds for bikers and hikers.

One of the state’s first rail-trails ranks as one of the best, especially in the fall. The Kal-Haven Trail stretches 34 miles from Lake Michigan’s popular beach town of South Haven to the city of Kalamazoo.

Trains chugged along this route for a century until 1971. Now cyclists converge on this ribbon of mostly crushed limestone covered in dappled sunlight and flanked by tall trees.

Ride across the postcard-worthy covered bridge spanning the Black River and make a pit stop at Bumbleberry Acres in South Haven to pick up local fruit. Kick back in one of Bumbleberry’s hammocks with an apple cider doughnut.

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Chicago Tribune
October2, 2019

Best fall bike rides in the Midwest: 3 epic trips for adventurous leaf peepers

No state has a more extensive rails-to-trails network than Michigan, where nearly 2,500 miles of railroad corridor have been converted into linear playgrounds for bikers and hikers.

One of the state’s first rail-trails ranks as one of the best, especially in the fall. The Kal-Haven Trail stretches 34 miles from Lake Michigan’s popular beach town of South Haven to the city of Kalamazoo.

Trains chugged along this route for a century until 1971. Now cyclists converge on this ribbon of mostly crushed limestone covered in dappled sunlight and flanked by tall trees.

Ride across the postcard-worthy covered bridge spanning the Black River and make a pit stop at Bumbleberry Acres in South Haven to pick up local fruit. Kick back in one of Bumbleberry’s hammocks with an apple cider doughnut.

[ Read More ]

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