Bike Trails in South Haven, Michigan

Bike Trails in South Haven, Michigan
Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, South Haven is a popular destination for hiking, biking, boating, fishing and outdoor scenery. The area has wineries, fine dining and an active nightlife. Bike trails in South Haven will lead through beach areas with views of Lake Michigan, along the black river and through the forests of southern Michigan.

Kal-Haven Trail

This is a 34-mile trail that begins in South Haven and ends in Kalamazoo. The trail passes through several small towns where you will find lodging and dining for multiday trips. It is a popular way to experience the Michigan countryside as it goes through forests and passes by rural farmland. The trail is built on an old railroad bed and is closed to motorized vehicles. Use of the trail requires a permit, which can be obtained through the Visitors Bureau.

South Haven Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix St.
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-5252


Cannonsburg Ski Area

Located less than 60 miles north of New Haven, the ski area doubles as a summer mountain bike course. The XC Loop is a marked, 6-mile trail that is friendly for intermediate riders while the skills area has something for everyone, including steep downhill runs. The trails are managed by the ski area and they are closed Thursday and Friday evening during the Symphony Picnic Pops concert, as of January 2010.

Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Road
Cannonsburg, MI 49317
(616) 874-6711[]=42&zip=49090&dist=100

Van Buren State Park Trail

Located between Hartford and South Haven, the state park has 14 miles of trail. The 400-acre park has a variety of recreational opportunities and is closed to bicycles during the fall hunting season. The trail is a two-track road that is overgrown with grass in many areas. While riding, it is not uncommon to see small mammals, foxes and eagles. The trail is best suited for mountain bikes but can be done on a hybrid bicycle. Other park activities include hunting, hiking and swimming in Lake Michigan.

Van Buren State Park
23960 Ruggles Rd.
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-2788


Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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