Van Buren Trail State Park

About the Trail:

The Van Buren Trail State Park is a 14-mile, linear, multi-use trail that links the cities of Hartford and South Haven. The trail runs through open farmland, blueberry fields, dense brush, and wooded areas. The surface of the trail creates a nice, challenging ride that is more suitable for mountain bikes.

There is parking at the Hartford trailhead, but there is currently no DNR-established trailhead in South Haven. Visitors can use the South Haven City lot at the corner of Huron and Kalamazoo Streets and follow the marked road route to the trail. Parking is also available at Van Buren State Park to access the trail via the Van Buren Trail Spur. A Recreation Passport is required for motor vehicles entering Van Buren State Park.

The Van Buren Trail Spur, opened in 2015, is a 4.5 mile paved trail connecting the Van Buren State Park to the City of South Haven.

The Van Buren Trail merges with the Van Buren Trail Spur near 16th Avenue. Heading north from this junction, the trail surface is paved to Aylworth Avenue. The City of South Haven does not have accommodations for horses or horse trailers beyond the junction and does not recommend horseback riding on the trail within the city limits.

(Copy courtesy of Michigan DNR)

Trail Info:

TRAIL LENGTH • SURFACE • DIFFICULTY
14 miles (22.5km) • Grass, Packed Dirt, Ballast, Paved • Intermediate

VAN BUREN HORSE TRAIL
14 miles, follows main trail

TRAILHEAD GPS COORDINATES
Hartford Trailhead • 42.211410, -86.171065
I-94 to Hartford exit. North two blocks to Prospect St, Left on
Prospect St, proceed two blocks to parking lot

South Haven Trailhead • 42.40191095, -86.27582721
City lot on corner of Huron and Kalamazoo Streets

COUNTIES • Van Buren

TRAIL USES
Hiking, Biking, Snowmobiling, Cross-Country Skiing,
Horseback Riding

FOR MORE INFORMATION
michigandnr.com/parksandtrails

Van Buren State Park
269-637-2788 • Trail questions or to report trail obstructions

AREA STATE PARK CAMPGROUND
Van Buren State Park
23960 Ruggles Road • South Haven, MI 49090
269-637-2788
midnrreservations.com