Hiking trails at KNC

Trails at KNC

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is home to miles of trails winding through woods, wetlands, and prairies. To view the interactive trail map below, expand the legend icon at the top left, click on any trail for details, or go to the "View Larger Map" icon in the right corner for more options, including satellite view.

Please Note: The interactive map is in progress and not all trails are exact as new trails are added and modified.

Beech Maple Trail icon

Beech Maple Trail

0.7 mile, Moderate

Hike through an old growth beech-maple forest along a stream. Listen for owls on the trail, where spring wildflowers bloom abundantly.


Green Heron Trail icon

Green Heron Ravine Trail

0.5 mile, Moderate

Hike through a young forest and past small ponds. Look and listen for frogs, woodpeckers, and songbirds. The trail leads to a tunnel under North Westnedge Avenue.


Prairie Pathway Trail icon

Prairie Pathway Trail

0.9 mile, Easy

Easy walk through fields to a reconstructed prairie that is awash with color from May through September. Prairie flowers attract a myriad of butterflies and insects.


Source Pond Trail icon

Source Pond Trail

0.9 mile, Moderate

Walk through farm fields and a gorgeous beech-maple forest to the pristing Source Pond. Look for pileated woodpeckers, turtles, and other wildlife.


Bluebird Trail icon

Bluebird Trail

2.5 miles, Difficult

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


Habitat Haven Trail icon

Habitat Haven Trail

0.7 mile, Easy

Accessible trail through pond, fen, stream, and forest habitats with a spur trail into the middle of the fen. Look for small mammals year-round and abundant butterflies each summer.


Raptor Ridge Trail icon

Raptor Ridge Trail

0.4 mile, Difficult

Climb to one of the highest points in the county and enjoy spectacular views. Observe soaring birds over the Kalamazoo River valley, and examine rocks in the old gravel pit.


Trout Run Trail icon

Trout Run Trail

0.8 mile, Moderate

Walk in a mature forest, overlooking Trout Run Stream. A cattail marsh borders the stream. Listen for downy, red-bellied, and pileated woodpeckers as well as a variety of Michigan mammals.


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Cooper's Overlook Trail

0.1 mile, Moderate

Hike along a ridge with large trees, overlooking Trout Run Stream. Find many wildflowers in the spring and enjoy colorful foliage in the fall.


Headwaters Trail icon

Headwaters Trail

1.0 Mile, Difficult

Hike KNC's newest addition to its trail system!  This challenging single track through towering tulip trees and successional saplings along the western edge of the Trout Run watershed. 


Ridge Run Trail icon

Ridge Run Trail

0.6 mile, Moderate

Hike through woodlands, pine plantations, and old meadows, including a short, steep climb. An excellent trail for viewing fall foliage and sunsets.


Fern Valley Trail icon

Fern Valley Trail

0.8 miles, Difficult

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



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Pioneer Woods Trail

0.6 mile, Moderate

Walk through a young forest and along farm fields. Take a tour into the past and visit the DeLano Homestead, the pioneer log cabin, and the sugar shack (buildings open for special events).


River Walk Trail icon

River Walk Trail

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. Accessible at the west side of the Beech Maple Trail.