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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

Joe's Blues Blueberries

- blueberries (pesticide-free)

10 am-6 pm daily | 61687 34th Ave, Bangor, MI | 13940 29th St, Gobles, MI | 847-293-1690

Jollay Orchards

- apples, cherries (sweet & sour), peaches, pumpkins

- farm market, bakery, picnic area, family activities, summer jamboree, harvest festival


10 am-5 pm | daily | 1850 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI | 269-468-3075

Overhiser Orchards

- sweet & tart cherries, peaches, pears, plums, apples

- ready-picked produce, barnyard animals, play area

9 am-5 pm daily (July-Oct) | 6405 109th Ave., South Haven, MI 49090 | 616-836-3298

Pleasant Hill Blueberry Farm

- blueberries (certified organic; bring own containers)


9:30 am-12 pm Wed | 9 am-5 pm Sat | 5859 124th Ave, Fennville, MI | 269-561-2850

Shafer Orchards

- peaches, apples, grapes


9 am-6 pm | early Aug-Oct 15

207 Shafer Rd, Baroda, MI 49101 | 269-422-1972

The Extraordinary Berry

- apples, blackberries, green beans, raspberries, sweet corn

- picnic space, farm-made honey, farm market


9 am-6 pm | early Aug-Oct 15

3091 Riverside Rd, Benton Harbor, MI | 269-470-4645

Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm

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

- cafe/bakery, farm market, orchard tours, picnic area, tree rentals, special events

10 am-6 pm Wed-Mon | 351 E. Eureka Rd Eau Claire, MI 49111 | 269-782-7101 or 877-863-3276

The Blueberry Patch

- blueberries (pesticide-free)


10-6 daily | 7015 Blackwell, Sawyer, MI 49125 | 517-522-479 

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PETTING ZOOS/FARMS

 
 

Critter Barn

The Critter Barn is a small, family-run farm open to the public. Visitors can interact with rabbits, ducks, pot-bellied pics, cows, goats, sheep, donkeys, turkeys, ponies and more! Educational classes and volunteer opportunities are available for all ages. 

9275 Adams St, Zeeland, MI 49464 | 616-748-1110

OPERATING HOURS 

Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm | Sat 10 am-4 pm | Closed Sun

Free admission (donations appreciated)

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U-PICK FRUIT

South Beach | South Haven, MI

South Haven boasts the immaculate South Beach, an ideal scene for the whole family. The beach features a concession stand, playground, and the oft-photographed red lighthouse. Volleyball amenities available at North Beach.


Parking fees: $1/hour | $9/day | $15/week

Silver Beach | St. Joseph

Silver Beach is a picturesque spot to spend a sunny summer day, with a soft, sandy beach, dedicated swimming area, beach volleyball, fishing access, picnic area, concessions, playground, kayak/paddleboard rentals, outdoor showers and more. Stroll down the pier to the lighthouse, take a spin on the nearby carousel, splash in the Whirlpool Compass Fountain or head to the charming downtown area for lunch or shopping.

Facilities open May-Sept until dusk

Parking fee: $6/vehicle for Berrien County residents | $10/vehicle for non-residents

Warren Dunes | Sawyer, MI

Features three miles of shoreline and six miles of hiking trails, as well as a 260-foot-tall dune formation and sweeping Lake Michigan vistas. Open year-round. Modern and rustic campsites available, as well as three modern mini cabins.

12032 Red Arrow Highway
Sawyer, MI 49125

269-426-4013

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