Fort Custer Recreation Area features 23 miles of mountain biking trails and 21 miles of bridle trails. All trails are open to hiking (and cross-country skiing in the winter). The park also rents 2 mini-cabins and 3 rustic cabins, with one rustic cabin along the banks of the Kalamazoo River.
In terms of mountain biking trails, Fort Custer Recreation Area is composed of three loops: Red 8.9 miles, Green 7.9 miles, and Yellow 5.6 miles. The trails traverse wooded hills, ravines, and streams. The Red and Green Loops are for intermediate to advanced skill riders. The Yellow Loop is designed for kids and families with entry level skills.
The mountain biking trails are maintained wholly by volunteers of the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association (SMMBA), and maps are available on their website (see link at right).
From the West: Take I94 East to exit 85 (Galesburg exit). Head north on 35th street to M96. You will see a sign to Ft. Custer. Go through Galesburg, and follow M96 until you see the park on the South side of the Street
From the East: Take I94 West to exit 95 (Helmer Road) and head North a few miles (past the airport to the west) and go left (West) at 37 (which is actually Dickman road). Travel west about 6 miles, past the Ft. Custer military base to the South, and keep a lookout for the entrance to Ft. Custer Recreational Area on the left (South).
While there are multiple loops within the trail system, and all are good trails, my preference has alway been the Green Loop. This trail is great for hiking and trail running. There are also fewer mountain bikers on this trail. The trail seems more remote ...
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