Hiking trails at KNC
The Kalamazoo Nature Center is home to miles of trails winding through woods, wetlands, and prairies.


Trail Tips
•  No pets allowed on property. Service dogs are permitted.
•  No bicycles are allowed on KNC trails. KNC provides complimentary parking for bikes and dog walking on the adjacent Kalamazoo River Valley Trail at the main KNC entrance.
•  Please stay on trails unless indicated.  Note sensitive areas.
•  Leave all plants and animals where you find them.
•  Snowshoes and cross country skis are welcome on trails.
•  No smoking or alcohol allowed on property.
•  Firearms and weapons are not permitted on KNC property.

Join the KNC Hiking Spree! This yearly program is a great way to explore KNC and check out trails you may not have hiked - or hike a favorite again. Learn more & sign up here.


Trail Map

Check back soon for an interactive trail map!




KNC TRAILS, 7000 N. Westnedge Avenue

Prairie Pathway loops | 0.7 mile/0.5 mile | Easy

Easy walk through fields to a reconstructed prairie that is awash with color from May through September. 

Arboretum Loop | 0.5 mile loop | Easy | Accessible

Enjoy easy pathways with favorites including the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Sculpture Tour, and Nature’s Playground.

Fern Valley | 0.8 mile loop | Difficult

Steep descent to small pond. Look for signs of deer and wild turkeys. Huge maples can be found in the sugar grove.

Ridge Run | 0.7 mile | Moderate

Hike through woodlands, pine plantations, and old meadows. Includes a short, steep climb. 

Habitat Haven | 0.7 mile loop | Easy | Accessible

Accessible trail through pond, fen, stream, and forest habitats with a spur trail into the middle of the fen. 

Beech Maple | 0.7 mile loop | Moderate

Hike through an old growth beech-maple forest along a stream. Spring wildflowers bloom abundantly and owls can be heard.

River Walk | 0.2 mile | Easy

Follow Trout Run to where it empties into the Kalamazoo River. Discover aquatic life in the stream or watch birds along the river. 

Cooper's Overlook | 0.2 mile | MODERATE

Hike along a ridge overlooking Trout Run Stream. Find many wildflowers in the spring and colorful foliage in the fall. 

Raptor Ridge | 0.4 mile loop | difficult

Climb to one of the highest points in the county for views of the Kalamazoo River valley. Examine rocks in the old gravel pit.

Bluebird Trail | 2.7 miles loop | DIFFICULT

Trek to the southern border of KNC through the 140-acre prairie, into the forest, and back through the gravel pit. 




Pioneer Woods | 0.6 mile | Moderate

Take a tour into the past and visit the DeLano Homestead, the pioneer log cabin, and the sugar shack (buildings open for special events).

Wilderness Trail | 0.3 mile | EASY

A mowed grass trail running past the farmyard and into the woods. Look for animals near the small streams along the trail.

Source Pond | 0.9 mile | Moderate

Walk through farm fields and forest to the pristine Source Pond. Look for pileated woodpeckers, turtles, and other wildlife.

Green Heron Ravine | 0.5 mile | Moderate

Hike through a young forest and past small ponds to a tunnel under North Westnedge Avenue.

Trout Run | 0.8 mile | Moderate 

Walk in a mature forest overlooking Trout Run Stream. A cattail marsh borders the stream. 

Headwaters Trail | 1.0 mile loop | Difficult

This challenging trail heads through towering tulip trees and successional saplings along the edge of the Trout Run watershed.