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Albion River Trail

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Angola Trail

4.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Battle Creek Linear Park

25.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Baw Beese Trail

8.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Blue River Trail

2.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Calhoun County Trailway

5.3 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Central City Trail

1.7 mi
State: IN
Concrete

DeKalb County Trail

4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

East Bank Trail (IN)

1.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Falling Waters Trail

10.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fishing Line Trail

1.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Gravel

Heritage Trail (IN)

1.8 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail

5.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

34 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

20.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

LaSalle Trail

3.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Litchfield Nature Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass

Lovers Lane Bikeway

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Main Trail

0.5 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips
Accordion

MapleHeart Trail

4.8 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Millennium Trail (MI)

1.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Millrace Trail

2.75 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Northside Trail

3 mi
State: IN
Concrete

Northwest Portage Bikeway

3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail

4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pufferbelly Trail

4.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

17.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Ridge Run Trail

1.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Rieke Park Trail

1.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

RiverWalk (Elkhart)

0.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Rivergreenway

30.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Riverside Trail (IN)

3.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Romence Road Bikeway

1.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Shanklin-Mullet Trail

1 mi
State: IN
Crushed Stone

Shaver Road Bikeway

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

St. Joseph River Greenway

1.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Van Buren Trail State Park

14 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Vicksburg Trailway

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Wabash Cannonball Trail

62.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Wayne Avenue Trail

1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

West Bank Walkway

0.6 mi
State: IN
Concrete

Wilden Avenue Trail

3.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Winona Interurban Trail

3.14 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The pleasant little Albion River Trail runs along the south bank of the Kalamazoo River through the town of Albion. The trail runs between McClure Riverfront Park on the west end and Victory Park on...
MI 1.6 mi Asphalt
For more than 4 miles, Angola's trail winds through the heart of the city, which sits in the northeast corner of Indiana, just 10 miles from the bordering states of Michigan and Ohio. The paved...
IN 4.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Battle Creek Linear Park trail encompasses nearly 26 miles of connected trails in Battle Creek. Residents use the loop trails to put some snap, crackle, and pop in their exercise routines, while...
MI 25.9 mi Asphalt
The Baw Beese Trail, named in honor of a former chief of the local Potawatomi population, connects the Michigan communities of Hillsdale and Jonesville. The paved trail is a model of efficient land...
MI 8.2 mi Asphalt
Columbia City’s Blue River Trail weaves throughout the small city along the banks of the Eel River, linking residents with schools, businesses, activity hubs and parks. The main trailhead, which...
IN 2.5 mi Asphalt
If you’re looking for a rustic escape form the din of everyday life, consider the Calhoun County Trailway. The Trailway weaves through three of the county’s four parks. The 5.3-mile trail kicks off in...
MI 5.3 mi Crushed Stone
Central City Trail runs right through the heart of the northern Indiana city of Goshen, connecting to the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail on its northern end and Goshen College on its southern end....
IN 1.7 mi Concrete
The DeKalb County Trail was constructed in 1976 and is called Indiana's first rail-trail. It runs between Morning Star Rd. at the Greenhurst Country Club in Auburn and Cedar Street along Wayne Street...
IN 4 mi Asphalt
The northern portion of the East Bank Trail was one of the first rail-trails in Indiana, opening in 1988. The asphalt-surfaced trail stretches for about 0.5 mile through tree-lined South Bend...
IN 1.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
On the east end of Portage, this paved pathway begins near the intersection of S. Sprinkle Road and Zylman Avenue. On the south side of Zylman Avenue, you can easily reach Ramona Park, which offers a...
MI 1.5 mi Asphalt
Jackson County's Falling Waters Trail serves as an important community connector, linking the outskirts of the vibrant City of Jackson to the picturesque Village of Concord, which brims with Victorian...
MI 10.5 mi Asphalt
The Fishing Line Trail will someday span 12 miles between the cities of Kendallville and Rome City, Indiana. Noble Trails, the group behind this project, is in the process of acquiring the parcels...
IN 1.3 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Heritage Trail is nearly a 2-mile path located in Kasciusko county. It is part of a larger multi-use trail called the Lake City Greenway. The trail is just off of Winona Lake and also incorporates...
IN 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail currently runs for more than 5 miles through Niles, Michigan, on the eastern bank of the St. Joseph River. The trail occupies a former New York Central Railroad...
MI 5.3 mi Asphalt
More than a half-dozen old railroad towns between Kalamazoo and South Haven offer rest and replenishment to travelers using the Kal-Haven Trail. The 34-mile crushed-limestone rail-trail links these...
MI 34 mi Crushed Stone
When complete, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will run for 35 miles throughout Kalamazoo County. Currently, the trail consists of two continuous segments connected by bike lanes: one segment extends...
MI 20.9 mi Asphalt
When complete, the LaSalle Trail will travel an arrow-straight 3.5 miles between Roseland Town Park in Roseland and the Indiana–Michigan state line. Michigan is currently working on building a trail...
IN 3.5 mi Asphalt
The Litchfield Nature Trail meanders through scenic property owned by the City of Litchfield, in some places adjacent to the St. Joseph (St. Joe) River. At one point, the trail passes through...
MI 2 mi Dirt, Grass
Lovers Lane Bikeway provides a paved, north-south route through the southern Michigan city of Portage. The paved pathway parallels the east side of Lovers Lane for 2 miles with a wide grassy median...
MI 2 mi Asphalt
The Main Trail runs for just 0.5 mile along an east–west corridor through the Whitehouse Nature Center. The trail links a series of loop trails through the nature center and begins at the visitor...
MI 0.5 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips
Accordion
The MapleHeart Trail travels nearly 5 miles from the city of Elkhart south to the outskirts of Goshen. The trail parallels County Road 45 and a Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor through residential...
IN 4.8 mi Asphalt
Though the Millennium Trail runs just over a mile, it connects several attractions in the southern Michigan city of Portage. Its east end connects to the scenic Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail,...
MI 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Millrace Trail meanders through wooded parkland on the west side of downtown Goshen, a walkable town itself with historical buildings and nice shops. The scenic trail follows the hydraulic canal...
IN 2.75 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
South Bend’s Northside Trail closely follows the east bank of the St. Joseph River from Howard Park to the western edge of Mishawaka. Along the way, you’ll have access to Viewing Park and Veterans...
IN 3 mi Concrete
As its name implies, the Northwest Portage Bikeway traverses the northwestern neighborhoods of Portage, a city in the Kalamazoo metro area. The 3-mile paved trail begins just south of Crossroads Mall,...
MI 3 mi Asphalt
The Portage Bikeway trail system is a 17.5-mile network of multi-use trails throughout the city of Portage, south of Kalamazoo. The 4-mile segment through Portage Creek Bicentennial Park is cleared of...
MI 4 mi Asphalt
The name Pufferbelly comes from the historical nickname for a steam locomotive. As of 2018, the rail-trail stretches 4.9 miles. The north end of the trail begins in the Pentolina Grove neighborhood...
IN 4.9 mi Asphalt
The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail covers just over 17 miles between the towns of Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana. The railroad line between Goshen and Middlebury served as a popular passenger and mail...
IN 17.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Ridge Run Trail, in the northern Indiana town of Middlebury, offers helpful connections in the community. On its southern end, the paved pathway connects with the beloved Pumpkinvine Nature Trail,...
IN 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Rieke Park Trail runs behind the large community park in Auburn, Indiana, on an abandoned New York Central Railroad corridor. The paved trail is shaded for most of its route, although it emerges...
IN 1.2 mi Asphalt
Just shy of a mile, Elkhart's Riverwalk offers a pleasant, paved connector through town. It begins downtown, across from City Center Park, and heads north paralleling Waterfall Drive and later Main...
IN 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Rivergreenway is an impressive 30-mile linear park that is part of a growing network of trails in the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven. The Rivergreenway connects neighborhoods, historical...
IN 30.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
The Riverside Trail winds along the west bank of the St. Joseph River for just over 3 miles in northern Indiana's South Bend. Several benches along the way allow you to take in the beautiful river...
IN 3.4 mi Asphalt
Romence Road Bikeway is a utilitarian east-west route across Portage, a city just south of Kalamazoo. The west end of the paved pathway begins at Westnedge Avenue, adjacent to a shopping center...
MI 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Shanklin-Mullet Trail, named for the two parks through which it runs, follows the Elkhart River through dense woodlands on the western side of Goshen. Mullet Park is a peaceful 15-acre open space,...
IN 1 mi Crushed Stone
Shaver Road Bikeway begins on the south side of E. Centre Avenue in the southern Michigan city of Portage. On the north side of the roadway, a connection to the 4-mile Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail...
MI 1.8 mi Asphalt
The St. Joseph River Greenway begins on the southern outskirts of the small town of St. Joe, not far from the Indiana–Ohio border. The short paved trail (just over 1 mile long) runs through a scenic...
IN 1.3 mi Asphalt
Head for Van Buren Trail State Park and take a walk (or ride) on the wild side. Wildlife abounds on this rural 14 miles between Hartford and South Haven. While you might see deer, rabbit, fox and...
MI 14 mi Ballast
The Vicksburg Trailway runs for nearly 2 miles on a former railroad corridor in a small village south of Kalamazoo. The paved trail is surrounded by dense woodlands for all but the southernmost...
MI 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Wabash Cannonball Trail in northwest Ohio is actually two trails in one: its North Fork runs east–west for 46 miles and its South Fork makes up the balance of this nearly 63-mile trail. The forks...
OH 62.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Wayne Avenue Trail serves as a pleasant east-west connector through the quiet, tree-filled neighborhoods of Middlebury in northern Indiana. On its west end, it provides residents with access to...
IN 1 mi Asphalt
Although less than 1 mile long, the West Bank Walkway offers lovely views of the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend. Midway, a converted railroad trestle over the waterway connects trail-goers to...
IN 0.6 mi Concrete
The Wilden Avenue Trail stretches for roughly 3 miles from the northern Goshen city limits to the community's downtown. In the north, the trail is a direct continuation of the MapleHeart Trail (and is...
IN 3.2 mi Asphalt
The scenic Winona Interurban Trail lies in the southeastern corner of Goshen near the Indiana–Michigan border. The paved pathway is part of the larger Maple City Greenway network that links...
IN 3.14 mi Asphalt

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Rivergreenway

Very nice - a lot of quiet sections

September, 2019 by runforest

Nice surface, it was nice not to be on the roads listening to cars.

Heritage Trail (IN)

Nice but short

September, 2019 by greenfatburner

Started from the trail head at Miller Athletic Complex; plenty of parking. Before I knew it I was at the end of the trail on Roy St. so I just rode the country roads south. Was peaceful as traffic was very light. They have several mountain bike trails which you can get to from Heritage so maybe one day I'll go back for that. Looks like Warsaw is like most cities with several trails. Be nice if they were connected.

Pufferbelly Trail

great trail that connects you to downtown

August, 2019 by whitewolf.sp47

as long as you don’t mind utilizing the sidewalks you can go all the way down to Fort Wayne Outfitters, whereupon the new park just opened up in front of their building! also a means of riding down to Turnstone, where I was a client back in ‘07

Accordion

Wabash Cannonball Trail

My biking pal & I did 15 miles today! Online maps made the trail look paved all the way to 109. But it went to grass & dirt after Oak Openings. It was a grand adventure anyways!

August, 2019 by funnydottg

My biking pal & I did 15 miles today! Online maps made the trail look paved all the way to 109. But it went to grass & dirt after Oak Openings. It was a grand adventure anyways!

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

Very beautiful

August, 2019 by tonja423

This is a very beautiful trail. Lots of shade and nature. We liked the crushed stone. It was less bumpy than some of the paved trails. We did 30 miles from Grand Junction to just past Kendall and back today. Bloomingdale has a nice little depot museum to stop and look through. Lots of history there. And Gobles has a some good food options. Really enjoyed it.

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

Nice but monotonous.

July, 2019 by anniejansen

We rode out 16 miles from South Haven at the beginning of the trail head. Although the trail was pretty, it was very monotonous. The total trip was 33 miles (we did not go all the way to Kalamazoo). I thought there would be towns that we could get off at and explore a bit, or grab a bite to eat or have coffee...but there was nothing. We should of investigated the trail further before beginning.

Angola Trail

Angola Trail

July, 2019 by mgriffith-55

Not bad for an urban trail. Many street crossings and some travel in a residential area. The map was useful because the trail in those areas is not marked in any way. The crossings are well marked and there is a traffic light where the trail crosses Hwy 127 specifically for the trail. So kudos to the developers there. The trail has been extended so now it goes to and into Pokagon State Park. At least doubling the trail length. As an earlier reviewer stated there are some nice hills.

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Wonderful Trail

July, 2019 by brianpcoon

If you start in Goshen, do yourself a favor Abshire Park to start. Very nice trail all around. Very well maintained trail offering plenty of beautiful scenery.

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

Best thing in southwest Michigan

July, 2019 by jeffinbville

For full disclosure, I'm the VP for the Friends of the Kal-Haven Trail so my review will be a tad biased. But I'm a generally honest guy. Promise.

I've been on this trail from end to end multiple times and it never gets boring. And while some have complained about the surface being rutted or pot-holed, now that the MDNR has taken control of maintenance, they've got a person dedicated to maintaining the trail for its length in Van Buren County. The Kalamazoo Parks Department maintains the trail in Kalamazoo County.

Still, running through the countryside, Amish farms, orchards and small towns in southwest Michigan and almost always under the shade of trees, the Kal-Haven is a nice respite on hot summer days. And come winter, it's a snowmoblie haven.

With the introduction this year of Michigan's first Heritage Trail project led by Dan Spegel of the Michigan History Center, the Kal-Haven offers more than just a tree-covered 34 mile run/ride from Kalamazoo to South Haven and Lake Michigan. Now the history of 'what once was' and the geology and weather of the corridor will come alive. Mentha, Columbia, Williams, Kibbie and other now vanished towns will have a chance to live again.

This project, the first of its kind in Michigan, should be fully installed by August and comes with a mobile app for the visually impaired that will read to you each of the ~30 panels as you come upon them.

Near the 10th Street (Kalamazoo) trail head there's an active native wildflower restoration project under the care of our master gardener, Sue Hodapp. Upgrades for this year will include all new signage including the native names of many of the plants along the way.

We're also proud to be the first leg and Route #1 of Michigan's first Great Lake To Lake trail that will run from South Haven to Port Huron, some 250 miles, with an inaugural ride planned for September 13, 2019.

We're currently in the engineering phase of resurfacing the trail from Bloomingdale to South Haven but we need to find the near $1 million it will cost to do the actual work. The caboose at the depot in Bloomingdale is slated for refurbishment and an interactive exhibit exists 1/4 mile east of Mentha where you can taste some of the actual mint that AM Todd grew on these 2000 acres of mucklands at the beginning of the 20th century.

Visit us at kalhaven.org or on social media.

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

Nice but needs work

June, 2019 by utahfoto

While it's a nice, if not scenic trail, it is in need of pot hole filling. I must have hit 25 of the 40 or 50 chuck holes. The State of Michigan needs to do a better job maintaining the surface. The Fred Meijer trails are in much better condition.

Van Buren Trail State Park

Beautiful But Wet

June, 2019 by miker01

We started at the Hartford trailhead and road in 7 miles, about half way. This end of the trail is primitive two-track through field and swamp. As of the end of June 2019 we had to go through up to 16 inches of water at a couple of points. It was fun for us but not for everyone.

This trail is OK with a gravel or mountain bike. No chance with a road bike. I would not recommend for families with children as the water is too deep. Maybe try in August.

Riverside Trail (IN)

Nice trail - it gets snow plowed!

January, 2019 by rwengel13

I have run all along the St. Joseph River in the South Bend area when visiting . I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this section (riverside trail) was already plowed by 7 am on a Sunday morning (1/13/19) from the previous night’s snowfall. Thank you very much to whichever agency is responsible! You made me so happy!

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