Kal-Haven Trail

  • A woman examines a vine-covered cement whistle postKal-Haven-slideshowA survey of the Kal-Haven Trail reveals an old "whistle sign." These alerted railroad engineers to approaching road crossings so they could sound the train whistle.
  • Weathered, vine-covered wood-and-metal railroadKal-Haven-slideshowVisitors to the Kal-Haven Trail will find telltale evidence that the trail used to be part of the now-defunct Michigan Central Railroad corridor.
  • Rustic restroom and water pump near trail; close by, a trash receptacle and picnic tableKal-Haven-slideshowA trailside rest area near Kibbie, one of several along the Kal-Haven Trail.
  • Crisp leaves showing early golden fall color cover part of the trail.Kal-Haven-slideshowA former railroad corridor, the Kal-Haven Trail offers a lovely natural setting for hikers.
  • Open-air pavilion with picnic tables, bikes; Black River in background.Kal-Haven-slideshowSouth Haven trailhead of the Kal-Haven Trail.
  • Four large cement water tower footings project about 18 inches above grassKal-Haven-slideshowAt Pine Grove, four large cement footings are all that remain of a former water tower site.
  • A brownish stream bordered by lush green foliage and treesKal-Haven-slideshowThe Kal-Haven Trail crosses several scenic streams, including this one at the Van Buren-Kalamazoo county line.
  • Exterior view of cream-colored historic depot shows many large outdoor artifactsKal-Haven-slideshowThe Depot Museum in Bloomingdale is the last historic railroad depot along the Kal-Haven Trail.
  • Red caboose with white-trimmed windowsKal-Haven-slideshowA historic caboose on display along the Kal-Haven Trail in Bloomingdale.
  • Close-up of white, orange, yellow and purple wildflowers with brilliant green foliage in background Kal-Haven-slideshowA burst of colorful wildflowers - including white trillium and orange columbine - brightens the Kal-Haven Trail near Lake Eleven.
  • A covered bridge over the Black RiverKal-Haven-slideshowSurvey of the Kal-Haven Trail continues by the Black River near South Haven.