Kalamazoo County Parks and Expo Center

Markin Glen Park

Markin Glen Beach in the Fall

The Kalamazoo County Parks are open! All individuals must adhere to social distancing measures including remaining at least six feet from people outside the individual’s household. 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Campground - Advance reservations required, call 269-383-8778, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
  • Picnic Shelters - Advance reservations required, call 269-383-8778, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm

Trash Service is also limited.  Please help keep the park clean – Carry In and Carry Out.

U.S. 131 Business Route will be closed from Monday, Aug. 17 through Oct. 9 for construction.  

Markin Glen County Park
5300 North Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
269-381-7570

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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.

Features

Click here for a detailed Park Map

Picnic Shelters

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. Shelters are only available for use with an advanced reservation. To make a reservation, call 269-383-8778. Payment is due at the time of reservation with a credit or debit card.

DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, SHELTER CAPACITIES WILL BE REDUCED. PICNIC TABLES WILL BE SPACED 6FT APART. EVENT PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW 6FT SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND PEOPLE IN OTHER HOUSEHOLDS. VISITORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING ADDITIONAL LAWN CHAIRS TO ACCOMMODATE SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS. EVENT PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHILE INSIDE PARK RESTROOMS.

Camping at Markin Glen

Campground Map

  • 38 Modern Sites, 50 Amp Electric, Water & Sewer Hook Ups
  • Modern Restrooms & Showers
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Each campsite includes a fire ring & picnic table
  • Advanced reservations available
  • Accessible campsites (#32 & #22) and facilities available

Campsites can be reserved starting on the first business day of January. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. No walk-in reservations will be accepted. To make a reservation, call the Parks Office at 269-383-8778 Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Payment is due at the time of reservation with a credit or debit card.

DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, CAMPSITES ARE LIMITED TO ONE CAMPING UNIT WITH IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE SAME HOUSEHOLD. ALL CAMPERS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW 6FT SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND PEOPLE IN OTHER HOUSEHOLDS. CAMPERS MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHILE INSIDE CAMPGROUND RESTROOMS.

Rates:

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.

Maple Hill Mountain Bike Trail

The Maple Hill Trail is is a dedicated mountain bike trail (MTB) located on the West Side of Markin Glen Park, and features nearly five miles of mostly machine built 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.