Zippie's Ski Trail

Van Buren Trail State Park

Address: 42.2886,-86.2525
Countie(s) trail is located in: Van Buren
Trail Type(s): Cross Country Skiing <> Hiking <> Horseback/Equestrian <> Road Biking <> Snowmobile
Trail Measurement: 14 Miles
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Van Buren Trail

The 14-mile-long Van Buren Trail runs between South Haven and Hartford. This multi-use trail has a dirt and gravel surface. Parking is available at the Hartford trailhead located on Prospect Street across from the High School. The South Haven Trailhead located on Lovejoy, does not offer parking. The trail may also be accessed via a spur from Van Buren State Park.

Van Buren Trail State Park

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 just south of South Haven, Michigan in Van Buren County. It is 14 miles (23 km) long and is mostly used by horse trail riders in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter. The terrain is flat with farmland and trees.

In 2004, Van Buren County took over the operation of the state-owned trail after state budget problems. There is a trail pass system to pay for maintenance.

Its northern terminus is near Van Buren State Park on Lake Michigan. The Kal-Haven Trail starts in South Haven a few miles north. The trail pass is valid for both trails.

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References and More Info

  • Michigan DNR
  • Wikipedia
  • Compass Latitude: 42° 17′ 18.96″ N
  • Compass Longitude: 86° 15′ 9″ W
  • Numeric Latitude: 42.2886
  • Numeric Longitude: ‘-86.2525
  • Elevation in Feet:
  • Elevation in Meters:
  • Trail Measurement: 14 Miles


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