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Kal Haven Trail

66 N Bailey Ave, South Haven, MI
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Ranked #4 of 11 Attractions in South Haven
Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
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Chicago, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 NEW

We were planning on biking the trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo, but the colder weather changed our minds - so we chose to hike 12 miles instead. It was a nice walk. Looking forward to coming back in the spring to cycle the whole distance and back again.

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21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is a gravel trail, but it is packed with no large stones. I used a hybrid bike with no trouble. This is an old railroad bed so the grades are under 2%-nothing too dificult. Several places to stop along the way. Several places to get free water from hand pumps. Total distance from Kalamazoo to South Haven is 32... More

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Vernon, WI
4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My wife and I are avid outdoors people - we hike, bike, photograph, boat/kayak, and I fish. We generally plan our get-aways to include trails and in the central Midwest primarily bike trails (rails-to-trails). That's how we came to do the Kal-Haven and it was well worth the trip. It's not a challenging trail - elevation wise or steerage wise... More

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Mount Clemens, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I bike this trail each time I stay in South Haven. The trail takes you over a covered bridge, through the trees, past farms, residential areas and through little towns. The trail is not paved, although compact and easy to navigate, with a few sandy spots. On a windy day it can be quite challenging but the majority of the... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Went from kalamzoo to south haven on the 13th and south haven to kalamazoo on the 14th of september 2014 . This is a nice trail. Well maintained crushed limestone. 33 miles each way. a Lot of places to stop and rest. Several bathrooms located throughout the trail. 80% shaded so its a little cold in the fall. Mile markers... More

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St. Charles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was only walking on the South Haven portions of the trail. You can tell a lot of money was put into this trail with the boardwalks, pavillions, benches every 100 feel or so, but there are several areas that were cordoned off due to erosion. There are no lane markers to keep bikers and hikers away from each other... More

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Brighton, Michigan
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42 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We did the complete trail from Kalamazoo to south haven. The trail drops 310 feet between the 2 cities. So start at Kalamazoo. It is about 34 miles. We averaged about 10 mph. The trail between Kalamazoo and Bloomingdale was just improved the trail condition after that is ok. There are no great cities along the way. Most everything is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We arrived in South Haven right after a huge damaging storm. Two days later we rode the Kal Haven Trail and we were pleased by how quickly they cleaned up the numerous trees that had blocked the trail. The day between the storm and our ride was warm and sunny so the trail had dried out. On a previous trip... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We really enjoyed the trail. We rode from South Haven towards Kalamazoo. While not paved, except at the trailhead, it is very compact and flat so your hybrid will do well on the surface. Lots of trees so it was a very shady ride. We only did 11 miles and want to go back to complete the trail.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We began our visit to South Haven by riding 8 miles on the Kal-Haven trail. The trailhead was packed with a riding event. Still we found a parking spot and didn't feel crowded on the trail. It's one of the prettiest rails to trails I've been on, running alongside the Black River and through thick canopy of hardwood forest. It... More

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