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NATURE PRESERVES, TRAILS & PARKS

Kal-Haven Trail State Park

Encompassing 33 miles of former railroad bed that links the cities of South Haven and Kalamazoo, the scenic Kal-Haven Trail traverses forests, fields and 7 bridges. Open to all non-motorized bicycles, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling when a 4-inch snow base is present.

Kalamazoo trailhead: 10th St | South Haven trailhead: Bailey St

Kesling Nature Preserve

The Kesling Nature Preserve is home to a rich diversity of plants and wildlife, with scenic views of the vast ravine that slices through the property. It is also a popular spot for bird-watching in the spring, when a dazzling display of wildflowers provides another compelling reason to visit.

Three Oaks Township, MI

269-324-1600

Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center is a kid-friendly nature preserve  focused on wildlife management, conservation, outdoor education and preservation. Programs include sensory nature walks, bird watching, fishing, archery, pond summer camps, snowshoeing, live birds of prey and wildlife studies. Visitors can walk the trails, visit the birds of prey and enjoy the outdoor picnic area.

 

4214 56th St, Holland, MI 49423 | 616-393-9453

OPERATING HOURS: Mon-Fri 9 am–5 pm | Sat 10 am– 4 pm | Sun 12–4 pm

  • Trails open sunrise to sunset.

  • Pets welcome (must be kept on 6=foot leash at all times)

Sarett Nature Center

Sarett is a non-profit organization situated on more than 1,000 acres along the Paw Paw River, boasting eight miles of trails, tree top walkway, live local animals, a playground and picnic area, nature center and butterfly house. Sarett's main focus is environmental education, with a wide range of kids' classes and programs on offer. 


2300 Benton Center Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 | 269-927-4832

BUILDING HOURS: Tues-Fri 9 am-5 pm | Sat 10 am-5 pm | Sun 1 pm-5 pm
ADMISSION: $3/nonmembers | free for ages 12 and under

 

  • Trails open dawn to dusk daily

  • No pets allowed

  • Some trails can accommodate strollers

Warren Woods State Park

Located on more than 300 acres of beech-maple forest, Warren Woods Natural Area has a serene hiking trail leading over a bridge covering the Galien River. 

Sawyer, MI 49125 | 269-426-4013

Fernwood Botanical Garden

With sprawling gardens and winding trails, Fernwood is a nature lover's paradise. It also boasts a full-service cafe, art gallery, garden shop and library. Year-round activities and amenities provide visitors with plenty of family-friendly options. Along with bird- and garden-themed backpack that can be checked out for self-guided explorations, a new preschoolers backpack contains pictures, magnifiers, books and other materials that encourage kids to explore their five senses. 

13988 Range Line Rd, Niles, MI 49120


HOURS: 10 am-6 pm Tues-Sat | 12-6 pm Sun (May-Oct) & 10 am-5 pm Tues-Sat | 12-5 pm Sun (May-Oct)

ADMISSION: $9: adults | $7: seniors | $4: students (ages 5-17) | free: kids 4 and under & members

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Crane's U-Pick Farm

- apples, red raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pumpkins, chestnuts

- ready-picked produce, cut flowers, restaurant, winery, take-home pies, restrooms


9-6 Mon-Sat | 10-6 Sun | 6017 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408 | 269-561-5126 

DeGrandchamps

- blueberries

- cranberry harvest, farm market, nursery


8 am-6 pm | daily | 76241 14th Ave, South Haven, MI | 269-637-3915

Dutch Farm Market

- apples, cherries, peaches, plums, pears

- market and bakery with fruit, vegetables, ice cream, pies, jams and more, picnic area


9 am-6 pm daily (through July 4) | 8 am-7 pm (July 5-Labor Day) | 9 am-6 pm (Labor Day-Oct 31)

6967 109th Ave, South Haven, MI 49090 | 616-637-8334

Earth First Farms

- apples (certified organic)

- picnic area, dogs welcome, annual harvest party

 

10-6 Sun | 8335 Smith Rd, Berrien Center, MI 49102 | 269-815-3370

Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick

- apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums

- ready-picked produce, refreshments, picnic area, playground, pumpkin patch, hay rides

10 am-5 pm Sat-Sun | 2789 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI 49038 | 269-468-5076