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Markin Glen County Park, Kalamazoo

(4.5/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This park is just outside of Kalamazoo city and is such a gem. you can camp, reserve a pavilion for a family gathering, play in the playground with children, walk the paths, swim in the lake, sit on t...  more »
  • The Henderson Castle is a historic building, sitting high on a hill overlooking Kalamazoo, Michigan. The staff were very attentive and courteous. The rooms, however, were not completely up to par,clea...  more »
  • We've utilized Markin Glen for family gatherings, picnics, taking the kids fishing, swimming, and trail walking, and it's a great park for all of these activities. The staff is very friendly, helpful,...  more »
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  • We love to walk around this park. The beach area is nice, but we usually walk over to the island and then around the park to enjoy the weather/scenery. Campground is a little sparce; mostly slabs in a set area. However it seems like a great place for the family to get away.
  • This is a pretty decent park and nice place to take the kids. It has walking trails, playground, stocked fishing pond with dock to fish from, camp ground, and maintained sand swimming beach. There are also open areas for the kids to run and play, and pavilions that can be rented for parties and gatherings. Anywhere that people can gather easily you'll find people you don't want the kids around, but since this is a pay entry park, it helps keep troublemakers to a minimum. Usually patrons are pretty nice and well behaved.
  • Lake Michigan sand would save this beach. Currently dirt. Clean water and nice setting. We enjoy our time here. Bugs a menace but changing room always clean. Fish pleasantly tame and snorkeling here a dream of Michigan wildlife. If a couple shipments if sand could arrive, I'd help rmoney the money or go haul it.
  • This is the best RV park near Kalamazoo. Paved lots surrounded by grass. Full hook-ups. Paved trail around small lake. A lot of beautiful wildflowers and several docks for fishing. Clean. Close to downtown. The staff is great. Never would have imagined a county park to be better than many private parks. Thanks Kalamazoo County for taking pride in Markin Glen!
  • Very nice and super clean. Concrete parking pads. Beautiful scenery, nice beach, with very nice pavilions for get togethers. Paved bike trails. Clean newer picnic tables at each site. Tennis courts and volleyball court. Very good price!