When complete, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will run for 35 miles throughout the county. As of early 2012, 14 miles of the trail are complete in two disjointed segments. One segment runs between D Avenue in Cooper and Sutherland Park in Kalamazoo (9.2 miles), while the other runs eastwest between the 10th Street trailhead of the Kal-Haven trail and Westnedge Avenue (4.8 miles).
The northsouth section features Verburg Park, Markin Glen County Park and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. You can link the two segments by an on-road route, which is signposted through downtown.
Plans call for extending the trail south from the city to Portage Bicentennial Park and east to Battle Creek Linear Park.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking for the eastwest segment is available at the southeast end where Willard Street and Greenwich Place intersect and at the northwest end at the 10th Street trailhead (for the Kal-Haven Trail). Parking for the northsouth segment is available at the north end at Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave), at Markin Glen Park (5300 N. Westnedge Ave) and at Sutherland Park (Mills Street) at the southern end point.
new, paved, scenic, challenging, and incomplete at east end
The western end runs directly into the KalHaven Trail to South Haven with a trail head parking lot on 10th St. north of M43 (West Main St). Downtown you have to follow a foot trail along Arcadia Creek (be nice and don't scare the pedestrians) halfway ...