If you’re wondering where the best places to hike in Southwest Michigan are, then keep reading. These 7 places to hike are all located within 30 minutes of our Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast. In fact, we’re within a 30-minute scenic drive from some stunningly scenic trails! Book your overnight getaway with us and you’ll find plenty of outdoor recreation, plus many on-site opportunities for relaxation afterward, including massages, jetted tubs, and cozy fireplaces.
#1 – Allegan State Game Area
Only 20 minutes from the inn, you will find a peaceful area that features 50,000 acres of Oak pine barrens and wetlands, plus 20+ miles of hiking trails. Take along this helpful hiking map and choose your route. You will also have the chance to view wildlife at this beautifully natural site! Keep your eyes peeled and have your camera ready!
#2 – Saugatuck Dunes State Park
If hiking near the great Lake Michigan is more your style, then head to Saugatuck Dunes State Park. This park boasts 2.5 miles of pristine shoreline and 200 ft. tall sand dunes! If you love birdwatching, then you’ll enjoy the jaunt even more.
#3 – Oval Beach
Rated one of the top five beaches in the world, visit Oval Beach for a refreshing stroll on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. This is also a wonderful way to end a day of hiking. Bring along your swimsuits, beach towels and umbrella. Swim in clear, blue water and then watch the sun slip behind the seemingly endless stretch of Lake Michigan.
#4 – Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
The newest Kalamazoo County Park is the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, or KRV Trail for short. The 10-foot-wide paved trail currently totals 24 miles (soon to be more) and is designed for walkers and bicyclists only. The trail is free for all to use and is a delightful place for a family stroll, a nature jaunt, or a workout. Open from 7am to sunset, the walking route meanders along Arcadia Creek through downtown Kalamazoo – ideal for taking a break to enjoy a refreshing drink or light snack. View the trail map for routes and places to park.
#5 – Kal-Haven Trail State Park
The Kal-Haven Trail State Park stretches over 33 miles between Kalamazoo and South Haven, MI. Situated on an abandoned 19th century railroad, this converted limestone rail-to-trail rambles through beautiful wooded areas, charming farmlands, and bubbling streams and rivers. Hikers may encounter bikers during the warmer months, and cross-country skiers and snowmobilers during the winter.
The Kal-Haven Trail has also been recognized as a heritage trail. Download this trail app ahead of time, and as you hike, you’ll be notified about 31 natural and cultural historic points that also feature exhibit panels.
#6 – Van Buren State Park – South Haven, MI
Connected to the Kal-Haven Trail above, Van Buren State Park Trail adds another 14 miles of trail to hike. This trail also runs along a former railroad track connecting Hartford to South Haven, MI. You’ll gladly encounter open farmland, blueberry fields, and wooded areas featuring pine and hardwood trees. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, such as deer, foxes, and eagles. A 2-mile stretch of the trail is paved, while the remaining 12 miles are gravel, grass, or sand.
#7 – Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast
We’re happy to boast about our own hiking trails located on our 65-acre property in Allegan’s countryside. Our guests’ love being able to walk from their guest room to secluded trails brimming with wildlife.
After a day of hiking and sightseeing, unwind for the evening around our outdoor fireplace far from city lights and sounds. Admire the starlit sky. Breathe in the evening air. Or retire to your luxurious guest room or suite to cuddle up in front of your own fireplace. Our guests return again and again for an unforgettable getaway that couples nature’s bounty with unlimited R&R (romance and relaxation). Check availability.