The Battle Creek Linear Park Trail covers 22 miles of interconnected paved path in and around the city of Battle Creek, which is situated at the confluence of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers. A former railroad line is the spine of the trail system, which hugs the river banks. Several pathways depart and rejoin the main corridor form distinct trail loops. Despite its urban setting, the trail takes you over winding waterways and past woodlands before heading straight through the heart of downtown Battle Creek.
The trail provides education as well as recreation. Dozens of signs indicate the surrounding animal and plant life, as well as the area's history and culture. To fully experience this trail system, start at the westernmost point, off Dickman and Brady roads. Here, the trail passes through a country setting as it winds east through neighborhoods and parks, and past schools and museums.
Just a mile from the start the trail begins to travel along the banks of the Kalamazoo River. Before you cover too much ground, pick up a trail map and brochure from one of the boxes along the path. These brochures detail the four distinct loops (color-coded on the map) into which the system is divided. The map will help you plan a self-guided tour.
When you reach downtown you'll find numerous points of interest, such as a bronze statue paying tribute to the Underground Railroad and the W.K. Kellogg House, the former home of the founder of the cereal company that still dominates this city. Bailey Park, at the trail's northeast corner, offers picnic areas, a ballpark and playgrounds, and restroom facilities. From here, you can follow the winding trail back to your starting point at Dickman and Brady roads.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the trailhead at Dickman and Brady roads, take Interstate 94 to Exit 92 and follow Battle Creek Road north to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive; turn left. Next, turn right on Dickman Road and follow it to the corner of Brady Road. The trail will be on your right.
To access the trail in Battle Park, take I-94 to Exit 98 and drive north to downtown Battle Creek. The trail runs throughout downtown, and you can park almost anywhere to access the trail.
My fiance and I were visiting friends in the area over the holiday weekend and needed somewhere to get in our long run; after mapping the area via mapmyrun.com I stumbled upon the Battle Creek Linear Path and our problems were solved! We parked in the ...
old but beautiful trail, suggest getting a map
I rode the trail today end to end, scenic at each end, but more interesting downtown. The signage is indeed very poor but it is hard to get lost because the trail follows the north bank of the rivers most of the way. The best access point with ample parking ...
after an hour of trying to find where to get on the trail at west end and parking we finally got on . We lucked out on perfect weather in early spring and the trail along the river was most enjoyable. Some parts had heaving pavement so you had to watch ...