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Trail Photos

Crisp leaves showing early golden fall color cover part of the trail.

A former railroad corridor, the Kal-Haven Trail offers a lovely natural setting for hikers.

Close-up of white, orange, yellow and purple wildflowers with brilliant green foliage in background

A burst of colorful wildflowers - including white trillium and orange columbine - brightens the Kal-Haven Trail near Lake Eleven.

Rustic restroom and water pump near trail; close by, a trash receptacle and picnic table

A trailside rest area near Kibbie, one of several along the Kal-Haven Trail.

A woman examines a vine-covered cement whistle post

A 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.

Open-air pavilion with picnic tables, bikes; Black River in background.

South Haven trailhead of the Kal-Haven Trail.

A covered bridge over the Black River

Survey of the Kal-Haven Trail continues by the Black River near South Haven.

A brownish stream bordered by lush green foliage and trees

The 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 artifacts

The Depot Museum in Bloomingdale is the last historic railroad depot along the Kal-Haven Trail.

Red caboose with white-trimmed windows

A historic caboose on display along the Kal-Haven Trail in Bloomingdale.

Weathered, vine-covered wood-and-metal railroad

Visitors to the Kal-Haven Trail will find telltale evidence that the trail used to be part of the now-defunct Michigan Central Railroad corridor.

Four large cement water tower footings project about 18 inches above grass

At Pine Grove, four large cement footings are all that remain of a former water tower site.

A shady trail features a sign on a post and a covered bridge.

The first interpretive sign was installed near the Black River covered bridge in late June 2019.

Two men and a woman stand in front of a large wooden planter filled with mint plants.

Sue Hodapp, Dan Spegel and Jeff Green installed a bed of mint along the Kal-Haven trail in the summer of 2018. A small sign shares the story of the area's mint oil production in the early 20th century.

A group of people lift a yellow cloth off a large sign.

On Aug. 3, 2019, members of the Michigan History Center and the Friends of Kal-Haven Trail unveiled the trail head sign at Kalamazoo.

A woman and two men smile while standing in front of a large sign.

Sandra Clark, Dan Spegel and Dick Godfrey smile after unveiling the trail head sign at South Haven on Aug. 3, 2019.