Markin Glen County Park, Kalamazoo

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#4 of 7 in Parks in Kalamazoo County
The Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County was responsible for leading the fundraising 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. The Foundation then raised over $5M to construct the east side of the park.

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.

Other park activities include a swimming beach, fishing lake, paved multi-use trail, picnic shelters, tennis courts, and hiking.
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  • The park is divided into two by Douglas Ave. There are hiking and biking trails on the west side. The east side has a campground, a lake with swimming, tennis courts, and both side have picnic areas.  more »
  • Even walking in this place are exciting. We prefered this places to go picnic with friends. In summer and fall very interesting nature.  more »
  • I found this place last year when visiting my daughter. Reserved in within two weeks of arrival. My wife and I drove our 31 foot long RV from North Carolina and was pleasantly surprised upon arrival. ...  more »
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  • If you're mountain biking, this place is 5 stars. But for anything else, this place is a waste of money. The "campsites" are more realistically camper sites. They are packed closely together and it's just a big cement pad. Check those out on satellite view. It does have direct access to the kalamazoo river valley trail, which is nice. They have a great lake here......that you can't really use. It would be fun for taking a kayak or paddle board with children, but all you can do is swim in the designated area, which seems to usually be packed with goose/duck poop. That's not located particularly close to the playground either. Their site lists volleyball, but I've never seen that, nor do I know where the area would be. They have tennis courts. Ah, but I've never seen nets. So what's the entry fee for? All the upkeep, lack of lifeguards? Look, I'm all for supporting the parks. I get the recreation pass even though we are lucky to get to a state park once a year. This place Could be pretty fun. And hopefully the new biking trail, again it's Super awesome, will inject some more funds into this park. I got the $25 pass here. It's worth it for the biking. But to just bring the family? There are other parks that are better fairly near by.
  • Nice hiking spot, not enough trails tho'. Small lakes, some wildlife.
  • We've been coming to this park for years. The staff is wonderful. The campground is clean and it's in a beautiful setting. Why only 4 stars, you might ask? Well, this actually has nothing to do with the park. The park is next to railroad tracks where diesel trains sit for hours on end running their engines. This morning, it ran for 5 hours. Otherwise, this is the only campground near Kalamazoo that has room for big rigs and it's the best!
  • My boyfriend and I tried to take a 20 minutes or less stroll the other day. When we arrived there was a sign that was not self explanatory about a fee. We had been there before and did not need to pay. So, it was not out of line to think this was for people who stayed overnight, had an event, or needed the day. Before we even got out of the vehicle a DNR truck pulled up and a man crucified us about not paying and said we needed to leave. They wanted $5.00 for 20 minutes or less. We will NOT be going back to this place.
  • Very nice park. Great little swimming pond, paths to fish the river and reasonably priced still.
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