Kalamazoo County Parks and Expo Center
Markin Glen Park
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.
- 160 Acres
- 38 Modern Campsites
- Fishing & Swimming Lakes
- Swimming Beach
- Paved Multi-Use Trail
- Group Picnics & Outings
- Mountain Bike Trail
- Picnic Shelters
- Tennis Courts
- Hiking Trails
- Softball Field
Campsites can be reserved starting on the first business day of January. To make a reservation, call 269-383-8778. Payment is due at the time of reservation with a credit or debit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard & Discover. To make a reservation less than two weeks before your arrival date, call the park directly at 269-381-7570.
Camping per night $30
Advance Reservation Fee $5
*The camping fees include the entrance fee for one vehicle. Additional vehicles must pay the daily vehicle entrance fee of $5 or purchase an annual vehicle permit.
Markin Glen County Park is the perfect location for a family gathering, company picnic, school outing, or group picnic. Picnic shelters feature grills, electricity, water and clean modern restrooms at or near the shelters. For a list of available shelters, along with descriptions and fees, please visit our Picnic Shelters page.
Picnic shelter reservations can be reserved starting on the first business day of January. To make a reservation, call 269-383-8778. Payment is due at the time of reservation with a credit or debit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard & Discover.
Maple Hill Mountain Bike Trail
The Maple Hill Trail is located on the West Side of Markin Glen Park, and features nearly five miles of mostly machine build singletrack. Riders can look forward to banked turns, tabletops, jumps, and rock features. Most features are designed to be rollable at slow speeds for beginner riders, but reward intermediate and advanced riders who hit them at higher speeds. There's a surprising amount of climbing and grade for West Michigan, but long descents are the reward. The trail is well signed and alternates directions depending on the day of the week. A changing station, drinking water, pavilion, bike parking, and restroom are available at the trailhead. For more information please contact 269-383-8778.