When it comes to maintaining your physical activity, the winter months can be challenging.
Of course, if you are a dedicated runner (unlike me), a little snow on the ground will not stop you. But as with running in the summer, some places are more suitable for running than others.
On Kalamazoo’s Reddit, the user asked u / jmelvs,
Best places to run in the winter? I was not aware that the Kal-Haven trail turned into a snowmobile trail in the winter. Favorite running trails in / around Kalamazoo?
Whether you are looking for nature trails or areas with actual sidewalks, here are the suggestions for at least 5 of the best places for winter running in the Kalamazoo area:
1. Al Sabo Land Reserve
Al Sabo Land Preserve was the very first proposal on the list. It is said to have “good selection of decently managed dirt paths, with paved paths too. Tons of good scenery,” according to u / BrunL. The Al Sabo Land Reserve is an area of 741 hectares. It is a large area to cover. But if you’re interested, this map from alltrails.com shows the “best” trails in Al Sabo. It can help narrow down your choices.
2. Celery Flats historic area
Celery Flats is a “park in a park” according to their website. You will find a wealth of restored buildings, picnic areas and of course plenty of trails. It is not specified, but judging by the pictures, it seems that most of these trails are paved.
3. Eliason Nature Reserve
Speaking of Celery Flats, Eliason Nature Preserve actually connects to the Celery Flats Historical Area according to, again, without BrownL. The land itself is a bog, but there is a path system in place. Read more here.
4. Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
This trail is gigantic. According to their website, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail consists of 35 miles of trails throughout Kalamazoo. Twenty-four of these miles are paved, non-motorized trails that would be perfect for running. Specifying each location where the paths intersect would be a bit tricky here. Instead, I will refer you to the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail website for full details.
5. WMU Engineering Park
This may very well be the least known on the list. Suggested by u / cbsteven, they said,
WMU Engineering Park at Drake & Parkview has a very nice loop of sidewalks through their campus and it is just across the street from Asylum Lake. You can easily combine them into a ~ 4 mile loop, or add in the Winchell Neighborhood streets to make it 5-6 miles.
The proposal was accepted by u / president_bip who said, “The BTR trails are a hidden treasure.” Since this is a school, the sidewalks should (hopefully) at least be salted for your running needs. Find more information about WMU’s Business Technology and Research Park here.
I would like to acknowledge my personal favorite suggestion that was not included in this list. That suggestion comes from u / a1962wolfie who, when asked about the best places to run in Kalamazoo, said: “To the couch and drink cocoa.” Bravo.
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