"When were Michigan state parks and recreation areas established? The trash is ridiculous. If you are thinking of cycling this trail, you will need either a mountain bike or an all terrain bike, patience to deal with the unexpected, and stamina. Four bridle trails with 12 miles pass through a beech/maple forest adjacent to Van Buren Lake. Slightly uphill from Hartford to South Haven, enough to wear you down.There were no fallen trees or branches, so some minimal care is being given to the trail. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park campground has 220 campsites (66 with electric hookups) for tents, trailers and RVs. Doubt this will ever happen in my lifetime. There is also the potential for the trail to continue past hartford(the east trail head) and go all the way to Paw Paw on the same abandoned railway (tracks still in place). Plus, we figured there would probably be more fallen trees ahead. This trail is not as popular as the KalHaven Trail although I do suspect it would be, if it were maintained at the same level. While you might see deer, rabbit, fox and eagles, this is an undeveloped trail that has rough ballast stones, long sections of sand and grassy two-track. Recreation Search Michigan Department of Natural Resources. We were only able to go a little over two miles, before we had to turn back. You will see a small sign at the split. On the morning of July, 20, 2011, my wife and I attempted to ride this trail starting at the Hartford end. There is a parking lot on Aylworth Ave. between Kalamazoo St. and Monroe Blvd. It would have been much easier with standard mountain bike tires rather than road tires, but all-in-all a pleasant ride. The popular Van Buren State Park has gained 17-acres this week thanks to approval by Van Buren County officials of a 25-year lease with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to expand the park’s footprint to include the Northpoint Conservation Area located in South Haven Township. Get a FREE Rail Trails Guidebook when you become a Member with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. at mile 4 we called it quits and turned around. Otherwise it is a nice trail. Hardpack, sand, mud, grass, it's all represented here. Trailhead Coordinates 10336 Blue Star Hwy - off Lovejoy South Haven, MI 49090 42.385058, -86.278641 Hartford, MI 49057 42.211410, … Devils Den State Park. The trail runs through open farmland, blueberry fields, dense brush, and wooded areas. It is 14 miles (23 km) long and mostly used by horse trail riders in the summer and snowmobile My wife and I rode this trail in late September 2012. I ride this area frequently from the Memorial Day through Labor Day and find it a great trail for folks looking for a challenge beyond asphalt or crushed stone. I had one beautiful pause on the ride, coming across a blackberry bush with hundreds of honey bees (rare enough these days) flitting about the full bloom; their sound alone filling the empty woods. If you're on a bicycle it's going to be a slog since it's grassy and sometimes a little deep but the county just mowed (early fall 2015) several sections and I assume they'll do more. It is great if you wish to have a workout. Several road crossings, but most of them are not busy. Ok, so my first go at this trail left me very underwhelmed, mostly because it seems to end in a campground only 4-5 miles out of town. I only met one couple riding bikes during my entire 2 hour run (on a thursday). That parking lot felt a bit isolated, but I had no issues. Please be advised that motor vehicles included snowmobiles are NOT allowed on the paved section of the trail which begins just north of where the unpaved section runs underneath I-196 expressway. This page was last edited on 11 January 2021, at 15:54. To start in Hartford, from Interstate 94, take the Hartford Exit. Enjoy a picnic on the beach, head out on woodland trails, or come to camp within a short distance from South Haven. The focal points of the park are its high dune formations and one mile of sandy beach. Terrain is flat with farmland and trees. I placed a photo of her, looking from a bridge, on my phone's wallpaper. While you might see deer, rabbit, fox and eagles, this is an undeveloped trail that has rough ballast stones, long sections of … The scenery was somewhat interesting, pretty much what you would expect to see in terms of vegetation, lots of trees with no leaves. There was no debris on my trip, but again, after a heavy storm that's likely to change until it's cleared. Van Buren trail is awful, awfull, awful. Terrain is flat with farmland and trees. ", "Paved Van Buren trail extends from South Haven to Van Buren State Park, MLive, Rosemary Parker, Nov 6 2015", Kirtlands Warbler Wildlife Management Area, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Van_Buren_Trail_State_Park&oldid=999714058, Protected areas of Van Buren County, Michigan, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. It is not paved so don't expect it to be like a sidewalk. Parking is crap! trail spur start & parking ages ed ea. The campground is about 400 yards from the lake and large sandy beach. BUGS TOO! This could be a wonderful spur of the kal-haven trail but it atleast needs a crushed balast surface, if not blacktop. I saw a skateboarder riding on the trail near 12th avenue in South Haven. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. The trail is mostly a combination of … You can not do this with a road bike. Very short. Van Buren Trail State Park, also known as Trail State Park, is an unimproved rail trail running along a former railroad right-of-way between Hartford, Michigan to South Haven, Michigan in Van Buren County. Not extremely hilly, paved nicely from South Haven all the way to the campground, plus you can park and start with views of Lake Michigan! Van Buren Trail State Park is a recreational trail that stretches from South Haven to Hartford. I did it on a cross bike and it was a lot of work. There are marked bike lines extending to the center of south haven and connects to the Kal-Haven trail. At all times you are listening or going very close to a road. You can't tell what terrain you're riding on because of the tall grass and at one point I hit a rut and was thrown from my bike. I consider a fatty, a bike with 4 inch wide tires at low air pressure, the perfect bike for all of the trail. Van Buren Trail State Park Map (PDF) Van Buren Trail State Park is a recreational trail that stretches from South Haven to Hartford. This trail is 2 in one actually. Most bikes can navigate this section. Unfortunately, we left the trail and rode the back roads back to Hartford. It offers a paved, off-road route to the 400-acre Van Buren State Park, where you will find more trails and access to the Lake Michigan shoreline. It's in a good location and has a lot of potential but it's not ready for bikers at this time. The paved section from South Haven to the Van Buren state park would be a nice ride for road bikes. The temperature was right around freezing and the trail was mostly firm. The scent of pine lingers as you emerge from the woodlands and enter fields of blueberry bushes and vineyards.At mile 8 the small town of Covert is located one block south of the trail. I would like to see a little bit more attention paid to it. There is now trailhead parking at the South Haven end of the trail. Van Buren State Park The 300-acre Van Buren State Park is quietly nestled in a small but valued remnant of woodland surrounded by beautiful corn, wheat and soybean fields. Didn´t have the trail "feel", in which you are away from civilization. There were two large flooded areas, with one I was able to ride on the side and get through cleanly, on the other I had to walk on large sticks/saplings that people have put there for that purpose. The trail runs through open farmland, blueberry fields, dense brush, and wooded areas. It took me about three hours to do the entire trail from Hartford to South Haven. Did I mention this trail is a piece of crap? I would not recommend for families with children as the water is too deep. I was very bundled up, and rode continuously, but even so, the 30-degree temperature was too much for me to think about riding all the way back. Located 3 miles south of South Haven, the campground is only minutes away from local shops and restaurants. Flat course. The trail is also paved between that trailhead parking and Van Buren State Park. The part we disliked was the traffic, especially on Red Arrow Hwy., avoid that road. If I had had to ride back on my own, there were large sections where paved roads ran beside the trail, so using those would have made the return trip easier. Van Buren Trail State Park, also known as Trail State Park, is an unimproved rail trail running along a former railroad right-of-way between Hartford, Michigan to South Haven, Michigan in Van Buren County. Our mission is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for Iowans and ensure a legacy for future generations. Maybe try in August. The state park centers on 53-acre (21 ha) Van Buren Lake. I rode the entire length of the trail last weekend. There are occasional mud holes. One trail is nice paved family trail that connects South Haven to the Van Buren State park. The trail that branches off towards Hartford is pretty much unimproved and is best if you want to … In addition, because of frequent stops and the necessity of walking the bike, you cannot depend on speed to create a resistance against the advance of mosquitoes. It is 14 miles (23 km) long and mostly used by horse trail riders in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter. In addition there is 10 miles of hiking trails that allow mountain bikes, and 11 miles of bridle trails that allow mountain bikes. It is much like the Kal-Haven trail. The campground has modern restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. However, we did not try to get through the third fallen tree which was much bigger than the first two. The surface of the trail creates a nice, challenging ride that is more suitable for mountain bikes. I parked my car there and went for a run. It is a great trail to ride for solitude and just looking at nature. I like to take a walking path at the first building by the woods. The scenery of southwestern Michigan, and the Lake Michigan shoreline, as well as the abundant flora and fauna, are pleasant, but the going is a bit rough. If the Van Buren Trail were maintained a bit better, we believe it would have great potential. Take a left onto Prospect Street and proceed for 2 blocks. Ever. I am not young (57) or in particularly good shape (200+ pounds), but I was able to ride virtually all of the trail. I stayed inside the Hartford public library (bike rack!) Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. It is in a small patch of woods in Northwestern Ohio surrounded by thousands of acres of fields of corn, wheat and soybeans, and is open for year-round recreation. 7.7 miles, 1hour 28 min cannondale F4. Wildlife abounds on this rural 14 miles between Hartford and South Haven. Yes, there's some mud and sand, but I was able to pedal through all of it. This section is much nicer and the ride over the sand dune (on a well packed trail) and the descent into the park is awesome. Van Buren Trail State Park - Al-Van's Firecracker Furry Virtual 5k Date: June 27, 2020 - July 12, 2020 Time: All Day Event Location: Kids Corner Park, 82 Monroe Street, South Haven MI 49090 The park's 296 acres offer a calm, peaceful retreat with camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and picnicking opportunities. In fact this offroad trail is a hidden gem in the Michigan trail system. Department of Natural Resources - The Al-Van's Firecracker Furry 5K is a fundraiser for the Al-Van Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter, located in South Haven. Some parts soft sand and we had to walk bikes. You have to navigate rural State Route M-140 at this point, with no real busy traffic.The last 8 miles from Covert the trail passes through woods, open fields and commercial fields of blueberries (growing on treelike bushes) and grapes. Farmland, blueberry fields, wooded areas. The trail can be used for mountain biking, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. I just talked to it and kept riding at the same speed and it lost interest. I've been hiking the trail in sections and it's a beautiful walk through expansive blueberry fields through the heart of Van Buren County. I did three miles thinking it'd get better but it didn't. I think my ride yesterday was more fun, though much more challenging, than my ride of the Kal-Haven trail a few years ago. I am up for trying anything once-- especially a bike trail that heads to Lake Michigan. We both have mountain bikes. Van Buren Trail State Park, Trail Guide and Trail Map, Photos, Maps, Links, Resources for horseback riding,hiking and running,bicycling,cross-country skiing,snowmobiling,trail maps, trail information, rail trails, Michigan trails Oh ya, be sure to bring your bug spray. It feels like walking through someone’s back yard. From South Haven to the Van Buren State Park, the trail has been smoothed and topped with crushed limestone. Just north of Van Buren, upstream on Lee Creek, is Devil’s Den State Park. Van Buren State Park camping is a wonderful way to see the area, and there is a long trail that starts directly in the park that is fun to explore. It is no way even close to a bike trail. The trailhead has a grass-covered parking lot with portable toilets.To start in South Haven, take Lagrange Street to Aylworth Avenue (next to South Haven High School, across from McDonald's). When you reach South Haven, there is a small sign directing your way to the Kal Haven trail, via St. Joseph St., to your left as you exit the trail on Lovejoy. Participants should meet at Kids Corner Park and then will run/walk along the beautiful Van Buren Trail with their pet. The only way I knew I was on-track was to follow the indentations left by off road vehicles, 4-wheelers and horse tracks. The trail may also be accessed via a spur from Van Buren State Park. Van Buren State Park has some beach and steep dunes, as it is positioned right on Lake Michigan. Van Buren State Park is a state park located several miles south of South Haven, MI. This is a rough trail. This area was developed as a park in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps which used native materials to craft the park’s wood and stone structures including a massive native stone dam that spans Lee Creek forming peaceful 8-acre Devil’s Lake. We loved the quietness and the beauty. The combined result is a trail suited to hearty mountain bikers, birders and naturalists.Heading north from the grass-covered parking lot in Hartford, which has portable toilets, you glide quietly over bridge spanning the Paw Paw River. But if you're a newbie on the bike or a runner, then this trail is a great place to start. We consider ourselves average, casual cyclist. [4], In 2015, The Michigan Department of Natural Resources paved the 4.5-mile stretch which connects Van Buren State Park to the South Haven Trail system The pavement is a 10-foot-wide asphalt surface. mile 1-2 are fairly clear, after mile 2.5, trees are down. Van Buren State Park also offers a youth campground, just off the Van Buren Trail Spur about a quarter-mile from the registration office.This is only for official youth groups such as scouts or other groups that are recognized by the state of Michigan. It’s the perfect place to lounge on the beach, walk through woodland trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. arking each ed ad y cess pur iendly ... restrooms contact station campground headquarters youth parking campground dump station picnic shelter state land picnic area foot path sports field paved trail camp office trail with sandy dog beach surfaces & inclines north point parking van buren state park. Van Buren State park has 3 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails. Outside Van Buren State Park. Wet in the spring up to 3-4 inches in some areas (these are few.) The nortnern part near South Haven is paved, with a trail spur that goes the Van Buren State Park. It was completely covered with grass and you bounced along the ATV dented surface. No issues with tall grass either, because I rode on a particularly cold April 6th. So here's what I would suggest to make the most of a visit to Van Buren State Park: Print out a trail map from the Ohio State Parks website. The trail sinks into several small boggy fens on the stretch between Hartford and Covert, and between the latter and South Haven, patches of soft sand pose an equal hazard. There were a couple of trees down, and some that had been cut out recently, so no issues with trees at all. Van Buren Trail State Park, also known as Trail State Park, is an unimproved rail trail running along a former railroad right-of-way between Hartford, Michigan to South Haven, Michigan in Van Buren County. Found alternate routes on the country roads for the way home. It was a workout, which was what I wanted, as I try to get into shape for the riding season. Reading so many negative reviews before I started to ride this trail had me expecting much worse conditions than I actually encountered. I wouldn't try to ride this after a heavy rain, some parts are marshy, a few parts are sandy, just watch where you put the wheel. Van Buren State Park Overview. Van Buren became a state park in May of 1965 when the original 167-acre plot was purchased from the Harry LaBar Drake family. Its northern terminus is South Haven near Lake Michigan. South of the expressway the trail is unimproved and snowmobiling is allowed to the Hartford, MI trailhead. until my ride could come and get me. Won't be riding this again. The 5 mile section between South Haven and the Van Buren State Park is nicely paved. It may even get black topped next year. The trail is extremely over grown and in need of a little love. A few blueberry farmers were out, surprisingly, I guess they were pruning. The focal points of the park are its high dune formations and one mile of sandy beach. It is basically a bulldozer way cut through the country. "Don't waste your time with this trail unless your hunting or snowmobling. [3], In 2004, Van Buren County took over operation of the state-owned trail after state budget problems. Don’t waste your time on this trail and save your money for a bike friendly county. I didn’t give up though, as I was chased by several dogs running free in the countryside, helping me keep up the pace. Head for Van Buren Trail State Park and take a walk (or ride) on the wild side. At 16th Avenue, just south of South Haven, you will see a connection to the Van Buren Trail Spur, which opened in November 2015. the bugs are not as bad when you are moving. Some parts swampy. The newly paved stretch was acquired from Consumers Energy in the mid-1990s. Cruising northwest to South Haven you pass beneath tall pines, maples and various hardwood trees. The nortnern part near South Haven is paved, with a trail spur that goes the Van Buren State Park. We would give that trail a four or five star. If you are into cross country off trail biking, it would be nice. DNR occasionally comes through and mows down the grass. If you want to see SW Michigan's nature and all it has to offer....Then, load up your bike and pack. ", TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, 57th Ave./Prospect St. (Hartford) and Lovejoy Ave. (South Haven). Help defend and expand trails nationwide. The surface of the trail creates a challenging ride that is more … Unfortunately that left some big ruts in the trail. As far as the main trail to Hartford, the best I can say is that it is being kept mowed down in the grassy sections. This one was a mistake. We tried the trail from Hartford, but gave up in a couple miles. Ran the section Covert to South Haven and back. The trails aren’t marked, there is trash everywhere. The trail is 0.1 mile to the west on Lovejoy Avenue on the south side of the street. In the dry heat of the summer, the trail is dry. The trails are crap! It takes you to the main road across from the beach access parking lot. I would say that 70% of the trail has a car tire path that you can ride in, the other 30% is grassy. There was a lot of signage telling people to stay on the trail. It was great to get away from civilization. Still, it's worth keeping an eye on for when it's better developed. After the first mile or so, the grass was much taller which made it rougher to ride, but doable, and there were patches of soft sand you needed to look out for. Just north of Van Buren State Park, South Haven is a wonderful place to visit when you’re ready to explore outside the park. You can take that trail north into downtown South Haven, or follow the pavement southwest for 2.5 miles to the state park. Many of the reviews mentioned tall grass, but there was none at all when I rode. Wildlife abounds on this rural 14 miles between Hartford and South Haven. If you're on foot, this is a nice day out. Numerous festivals are held throughout the year, including the National Blueberry Festival and South Haven Jazz Fest. It dumps you into a sandy offshoot with no signs. most are small and ridable but multiple portaging over huge trees. This is about a 5 mile section, and veers off from the main trail at 16th avenue. Directions. Van Buren State Park offers approximately 400 acres of land located along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Van Buren County. I took as many roads as possible on my return from Hartford. Van Buren Trail State Park is a recreational trail that stretches from South Haven to Hartford. Last fall I saw a lot of trimming being done at the South Haven end. There is a place near South Haven, at 16th avenue, where the trail splits and goes to the Van Buren State Park. There´s a small ballast open area/parking lot at the end of the cemetery st. The Official Home page for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, DNR. The Van Buren Trail State Park is a 14-mile, linear, multi-use trail that links the cities of Hartford and South Haven. Many people's back yards contained a surprising amount of probably-no-longer-useful items, so that provided some interesting scenery as well. So, if you want a nice leisurely ride, this is not your trail. No chance with a road bike. It is 14 miles (23 km) long and mostly used by horse trail riders in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter. There´s not much going on for this trail. Enjoy your day! The trail from downtown South Haven out to Van Buren State Park is a nice paved trail, and a good way to escape the summer crowds of the town and can be done on any bike. Show more. Starting at Covert, the terrain is mostly tall grass under woods. It is unimproved since they removed the tracks over a decade ago. You'll be lost when you get to the state park. It was fun for us but not for everyone. Send to App. It's overgrown, dangerously bumpy, and parts of it are flooded. You will find yourself close to the beach and if you have a fat-tire bike you will naturally want to ride on the beach next to (and in) the water. Van Buren State Park is a 296-acre (120 ha) public recreation area in Van Buren, Hancock County, Ohio, in the United States. started in Hartford and rode 4 miles and turned around. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/michigan/van-buren-trail Over the two plus miles, we were able to steer around many fallen branches and we were able to carry our bikes over two fallen trees. Head for Van Buren Trail State Park and take a walk (or ride) on the wild side. I rode from 12th avenue in South Haven to the Hartford trailhead, which took about 2.5 hours. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! It could be great if some development was done. This part of Michigan is noted for its wine and fruit. It's an endurance ride. It is not well maintained and is 90% overgrown with grass and weeds. Future plans call for a trailhead at the South Haven end of the trail and for a connection to the Kal-Haven Trail. This end of the trail is primitive two-track through field and swamp. Spend the time you would've spent on the trail writing to county officials to further develop it and spend the money you'd have spent on gas making a donation to its upkeep. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. I will probably do the southern part of this trail, but I prefer exploring the other trails around this area before I return and do this again. A few times it did seem like I was riding in somebody's back yard, and I did have a small dog chase me at one point. The 400-acre Van Buren State Park offers a beach on the Lake Michigan shoreline, woodland trails, and a campground. Search: Home; List; Map; Events We started at the Hartford trailhead and road in 7 miles, about half way. I found cranberry bogs along my first ride. The rail-trail begins at 16th Avenue, where it meets the 14-mile unpaved Van Buren Trail State Park. Sometimes it seems like you are riding through peoples backyards. The next day, July 21, 2011, we traveled to South Haven and rode the KalHaven Trail, which is extremely well maintained and a pleasure to ride. Erosion often shrinks property along Lake Michigan, but Van Buren State Park is expanding, thanks to a partnership with the Michigan DNR.. A few miles south of South Haven, you'll find the Van Buren State Park along a scenic mile of Lake Michigan shoreline. I did this ride on a 29-inch mountain bike, and you definitely would not want to try this on a road bike. Van Buren State Park is comprised of 400 acres of land located along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Van Buren County. At some stretches, there are weeds up to your waist. The Van Buren Trail State Park is a 14-mile linear, multi-use trail that links the cities of Hartford with South Haven. The trail might be easier going for cyclists in the autumn after the first couple of frosts deaden the vegetation. The trail can be used for mountain biking, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. The trail pass is valid for both trails. The Kal-Haven Trail starts in South Haven northeast of downtown. It was clear. To your right is Kalamazoo St., which, if taken north, will lead you to downtown South Haven. Rode it both ways today (6/8/13). The Van Buren Trail Spur splits off from the Van Buren Trail State Park near 16th Avenue. Description. There is a section of 100 yards or so that is sand, I had to get off and walk. Head north 2 blocks past the first stoplight. However, you have to be prepared for some tough riding in certain places. There is a trail pass system to pay for maintenance. SE of Covert and before Hartford the trail can become very wet (as you approach the Paw Paw River drainage.) Then halfway to SH it opens up and you are going through open fields and ballast ground. Better for horses and endurance riders, cleared, open, some sand traps, water, and small branches; few people; good ride, Tuesday, 1400 start, 90 deg and sunny. The best part of this trail is that it's less than 10 minutes from I-75 to the trailhead. The other is far more of an adventure trail for the experienced trail cyclist. One reviewer said that they stopped and ate blueberries, which I suspect is not allowed. It rained 4 days ago but didn´t see any wet spots on the trail. The Van Buren State Park Trail will take you north for many miles, connecting through a few other, smaller parks and eventually ending in South Haven. Its wine and fruit bugs are not as bad when you are moving and went for connection... 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