Map of the Van Buren Trail State Park


Van Buren Trail State Park

Van Buren Trail State Park Michigan map area

Van Buren Trail State Park


14 miles


unpaved - gravel, grassy


South Haven, Covert, Hartford


rail trail, Michigan countryside, farmland, woodlands, wetlands, rural communities, Paw Paw River


Kal-Haven Trail State Park




Regional Trails

The Van Buren Trail State Park is a 14-mile long unpaved pathway that stretches between South Haven and Hartford in Southwestern Michigan. The trail is located along an abandoned railroad right-of-way that travels through woodlands, wetlands and farmland.  The route is very rural and away from major roadways with one bridge over the Paw Paw River.

In South Haven the end of the trail comes within blocks of the beaches along Lake Michigan.


The Van Buren Trail State Park is not improved and has a natural surface that is suitable for hiking or mountain biking. The trail is only open for non-motorized use in months without snow. Snowmobiles are allowed when there is adequate snow.


The Van Buren Trail State Park goes past the following communities: South Haven, South Haven Charter Township, Covert and Hartford.

Points of Interest

The Van Buren Trail State Park goes near the following points of interest:

South Haven High School
Covert High School
Hartford High School
Nearby Trails

Kal-Haven State Trail: this trail heads to the east from the north side of South Haven and travels as far as Kalamazoo. The two trails do not meet and trail users would need to use streets for 2.5 miles to connect to the other trail.

End Points

The west end of the Van Buren Trail State Park is located at Lovejoy Avenue, just west of Kalamazoo Street in South Haven.

The southeast end of the trail is located at Prospect Street, east of Marion Avenue in Hartford.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Van Buren Trail State Park in Southwestern Michigan