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
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
Crane's U-Pick Farm
- apples, red raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pumpkins, chestnuts