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.


Adopt A Trail!

Thank you to the following people for adopting a trail at KNC this year! KNC’s Adopt-A-Trail Program provides a way for individuals and businesses to partner with KNC by sponsoring trail maintenance on specific trails. Learn more and adopt a trail here.

Beech Maple Trail
Mary Francois

Bluebird Trail
Lily Lou & Tevy Blue Lane

Prairie Pathway Trail
Martha and Ray "Ted" Parfet, Jr.

Raptor Ridge Trail
Cody White

Ridge Run Trail
Candace Mayo

Source Pond Trail
Vogt Family Trail

Trout Run Trail
Carrie Brown

Ridge Run Trail
Candice Mayo

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.