Maple Hill Trail Details
Markin Glen Park
5300 N. Westnedge Ave
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 Westside of Markin Glen to open as a County Park in 1994, after the County acquired the property from the City of Kalamazoo.
The Maple Hill Trail is a project of Kalamazoo County Parks and the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association (SWMMBA). The approximately 4.5 mile mountain bike specific trail is located on the west side of Markin Glen Park and utilizes approximately 80 acres of undeveloped park property. This trail is intended to provide a bicycle riding area for the public, designed for cyclists of all ages and skill levels – beginner through advanced. This trail system complements the existing Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT) and together will further enhance the bicycling recreation and fitness communities. While the KRVT provides a wide, paved multi-use trail through the greater Kalamazoo Valley area, the Maple Hill Trail provides a natural surface, single-track experience for mountain bikers looking for more challenge and effort. Connectivity between the two trail systems will exist within the Markin Glen County Park which further enhances the accessibility of the Maple Hill Trail and will encourage frequent park visits.
SWMMBA has over 25 years of trail building experience and worked with professional trail builders, Spectrum Trail Designs, during the construction phase of the trail. This mountain bike trail is approximately 4.5 miles in length and features many elevation transitions due to the geological lay of the park. This trail is also designed to allow bi-directional riding to increase the rider experience. Throughout the design and build process, rider safety was of utmost concern and signage and a by-pass plan was put in place before the trail is opened to the public.
$126,000 was the initial budget for this trail system. The money was donated by our title sponsor, Maple Hill Auto Group & Subaru, as well as by generous corporate and individual donors listed below.
Kalamazoo County Parks also donated a large portion of time and infrastructure for this project.
What is the project timeline?
The trail is now open to the public! (August 2017)
Watch the SWMMBA facebook page for trail status updates and special events.
Note that with additional donations, SWMMBA and Spectrum Trail Design can create even more trail features.
Donate today if you would like to see more features!
What type of terrain does the Maple Hill Trail consist of?
The Maple Hill Trail is a mountain bike specific trail that stretches approximately 4.5 miles in length and features many elevation transitions due to the geological lay of the park. This trail is designed to allow bi-directional riding to increase the rider experience. The trail is one-way. The direction of travel is designated by the day of the week. Always check the directional signs and follow the signed direction!
The number of additional donations we get for this trail will directly affect how many optional lines and features we can add to this system. Think ledges, skinnies, steps, etc… We want to make this trail even more epic!
How will this trail impact my family and community?
The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT) which has a direct connection within the Markin Glen County Park will further enhance the accessibility of the Maple Hill Trail and will encourage frequent park visits. The connectivity between the two trail systems will allow users safer transportation to the downtown Kalamazoo entertainment and business district.
Where can I sign up to help volunteer?
We are always looking for volunteers to help on and off the trail system. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities connect to our Facebook page at SWMMBA.
What type of impact will the Maple Hill Trail have on the environment?
The Maple Hill Trail provides a natural surface, single-track surface for mountain bikers. The trail was built and is maintained by expert trail designers that hold sustainability and trail longevity at the highest regard.
Want to donate to the trail system?
For donations by check:
See our Donation Form
Thank you to all of our sponsors for continued support of SWMMBA
Trail Support Level
Thank you to our Individual Sponsors for financial support of the Maple Hill Trail project. We can’t do this without you!
Thank you to the hosts, sponsors, and participants of the following Maple Hill Trail fundraising events!
- UnReal Movie Night – August, 26th, 2015, Bells Brewery
- Pedal Bicycles’ Gravel Gobbler – November 28th, 2015, Texas Township Park
- Bike & Brew – January 16th, 2016, Boatyard Brewery
- Pedal Fat Bike Drag Races – January 16th, 2016, Boatyard Brewery
- Pedal Your Bell’s Off, A Bike Scavenger Hunt – May 14th, 2016. Bell’s Brewery
- Pedal Bicycles’ Gravel Gobbler – November 25, 2016. Texas Township Park
SWMMBA appreciates your support and looks forward to seeing you at the next event.