Biking in Southern West Michigan

Virtue Cider in Fennville is very bike-friendly and they’re a stopover for cycling tourist all year long. They’ve added a small in-house menu for travelers needing to fuel up or refuel! Grab a gourmet grilled cheese or choose from their selection of packaged charcuterie, cheeses, and snacks in the Bottle Shop.

Close to beautiful Lake Michigan and minutes away from several beaches is the Coloma-St. Joseph KOA. They have bike rentals on site so you can easily get what you need to explore the area.

The Marshall area has trails extending all across the area. The North Country National Scenic Trail extends for miles and boasts premier hiking, backpacking, and biking. The Eastern Calhoun County trail works its way through Battle Creek, Marshall, Albion, and Homer, and features outstanding scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas. The trail is administered by the National Park Service.

Rent or bring your own bike to the Greater Lansing area and trek through over 15 miles of trails along the Lansing River. If you want to ride through the city, a trip through trendy Old Town and downtown Lansing is both bicycle-friendly and enjoyable. Whether you’re looking to ride in a bustling downtown setting or want to visit the tranquil beauty that is the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers, you’re already in the right place.

Hastings offers something for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. River Walk Trail is open to cyclists and is a pleasant excursion for those seeking an easy, scenic ride. Hammond Hill Multi-Use Trail offers more than six miles of trail through rolling hills, woods, and meadows. Biking events in the area include the Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race Saturday, April 13th. Year-round cyclists, whether training for the Barry-Roubaix or simply seeking a challenging ride, can follow the race’s permanently marked 22-, 36-, and 64-mile courses along Barry County’s scenic back roads.

River Country is known for its amazing outdoor beauty, and there’s plenty to enjoy. Outdoor activities are plentiful in all seasons, including plenty of biking. One must-visit place is the Dr. T.K. Lawless Park in Jones. This 10-mile paved trail is best suited for beginners and intermediate riders, but everybody will find something to love.

Head out on one of South Haven’s trails for a scenic bike ride! The Kal-Haven trail, stretching for 33 miles from South Haven to Kalamazoo, is a former railroad bed with a limestone/slag surface. The Van Buren trail stretches for 14 miles from South Haven to Hartford, and the first seven miles are paved from South Haven to Van Buren State Park.

If you are a pedal pusher of any kind, the Kalamazoo County Parks should be on your list of places to check out. Kalamazoo is a hotbed of cycling activity that appeals to both mountain bikers and road bikers alike. If hitting dirt trails is more of your expertise, Kalamazoo has something new and exciting to offer too. Last summer, the Maple Hill Trail was officially opened to the public. This five-mile trail offers bidirectional riding depending on the day and has something to offer riders of all skill levels. These two trails are just scratching the surface of what Kalamazoo has to offer!

Visit Coldwater Country and download the Map-N-Tour app, including a 15- and 20-mile bike tours, to see the area on two wheels. The app also includes local favorite things to see and do, along with places to stop for a bite after working up an appetite on the area bike tours.

Whether you are hiking up the magnificent sand dunes to see a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan, bicycling alongside verdant orchards and vineyards, or paddling a peaceful river, Southwestern Michigan offers hours of natural outdoor fun. The tourism council offers free trail maps to help you plan your trip!