Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT) is a multi-purpose trail for non-motorized transportation and recreation. The trail connects downtown Kalamazoo to the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Mayor’s Riverfront Park, Verburg Park, many shops & restaurants, and the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

Once complete, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will encompass 35 miles of trail throughout Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo will be a regional hub, connecting Battle Creek to Lake Michigan, D Avenue to Portage, Augusta to Gull Lake, and eventually Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. This existing trail and planned trails in other counties will connect more than 140 miles of trails-connecting together the Battle Creek Linear Park, the Kal-Haven Trail, and the Portage Bicentennial Park Trail.

Currently, there are 24 miles complete of this non-motorized, paved-asphalt trail. One stretch begins at 10th Street, heading east from the Kal-Haven Caboose and stretching 4.8 miles to Westnedge Ave. You can also enjoy a section that connects 35th St. in Galesburg to D Avenue, traveling through River Oaks County Park, Mayors’ Riverfront Park, Verburg Park, along Riverview Dr., and heading north along Markin Glen County Park and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. These two segments are connected by a signed route throughout downtown Kalamazoo, featuring the Arcadia Creek Festival Place as well as many places to eat and shop. As funds and property become available the trail will continue to grow, realizing a vision that has been in the works since 1991.

Operated as a Kalamazoo County Park, the KRVT is free to use and offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing family stroll, a journey into nature, an extensive workout or a bike route to work-the KRV Trail awaits your visit.

More information is available from Kalamazoo County Parks.

May 2024 - Summer 2026 Downtown Route Change

The KRVT route through downtown will change from May 2024 - Summer 2026 to use the two-way cycle track on Michigan Ave and detour around planned construction. In some areas it will share low-traffic roads, and higher-traffic areas will have additional protection and changes for a more comfortable ride. See the detour map below. Signage will be installed to direct riders along the updated route. 

2024-2026 KRVT Detour Map(JPG, 172KB)


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