Kalamazoo County Parks Foundation

We are proud of our parks and their many offerings! From swimming to camping,
fishing to hiking (and much more!), our parks are a great place for you
to spend quality time with your friends, family, and community.

Click on the park name below to learn more about each park. You can also 
visit our parks page HERE to learn more and get your Annual Parks Pass!


Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
non-motorized, paved-asphalt trail that is free to use for a relaxing stroll, a journey into nature, an extensive workout or a safe bike route to work. 

The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is currently comprised of 22 miles of trail, and we are actively working to continue construction of the trail. When complete, the KRV Trail will provide surrounding communities (Kalamazoo, Galesburg, Augusta, Battle Creek and others) with easy access to local businesses, parks, and recreation areas such as Gull Lake, Kellogg Forest, Ft. Custer Recreation Area, and more. Click HERE to view the map.

The trail is also a place for fun programming events! Click to HERE to learn more.

The KRV  Trail is our current park project. You can give a gift HERE to support construction of this incredible community asset!

Cold Brook County Park
14467 East MN Avenue
Climax, MI 49034

Cold Brook County Park was acquired by Kalamazoo County in 1962. A popular campground and beach, Cold Brook has 276 acres consisting primarily of water in the form of three lakes and unique wetlands.

Markin Glen County Park
5300 North Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Markin Glen County Park was originally the estate of Morris Markin, the founder of Checker Motors corporation of Kalamazoo. The Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County was responsible for leading the fund raising drive that allowed the west side of Markin Glen to open as a County Park in 1994 after the County acquired the property from the City of Kalamazoo.  

Markin Glen features unique and beautiful natural features. From the top of one of the highest points in Kalamazoo, hikers can experience a scenic view of downtown. The park is also home to a wide variety of spring flowers and has a mature beech maple forest. The state-of-the-art campground was opened in 2004 and offers 38 sites conveniently located just north of downtown Kalamazoo.

Prairie View County Park
899 East U Avenue
Vicksburg, MI 49097

Located on the shores of Gourdneck and Hogsett Lakes the park offers a premier swimming beach and a pristine natural setting. Prairie View has 5 picnic shelters that are a perfect setting for any gathering.

River Oaks County Park
9202 East Michigan Avenue (M-96)
Galesburg, MI 49053

The park is named for the 100+ year old oak trees that stretch along the shore of Morrow Lake. River Oaks County Park features one of Southwest Michigan's premier soccer facilities with 20 fields that regularly host youth leagues, adult leagues, and regional tournaments.

Scotts Mill County Park
8451 South 35th Street
Scotts, MI 49088

Scotts Mill County Park was acquired by the County in 1973 and was opened to the public in 1976 as Kalamazoo County's official Bi-Centennial Project. Scotts Mill County Park offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience a unique pieces of agricultural and natural history.