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Van Buren Trail State Park
Established 1994
Length 14 miles (23 km)
Location Lower Peninsula, Van Buren County, Michigan
Designation Michigan state park
Trailheads South Haven (42°24′07″N 86°16′33″W / 42.40191095°N 86.27582721°W / 42.40191095; -86.27582721)
Hartford (42°12′41″N 86°10′16″W / 42.211410°N 86.171065°W / 42.211410; -86.171065)
Use Hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling,
cross-country skiing
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Season All
Sights Farmland, blueberry fields, wooded areas.
Surface Dirt and gravel
Website Van Buren Trail State Park

Van Buren Trail State Park, also known as Trail State Park, is an unimproved rail trail running along a former railroad right-of-way between Hartford, Michigan to South Haven, Michigan in Van Buren County. It is 14 miles (23 km) long and mostly used by horse trail riders in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter. Terrain is flat with farmland and trees.

In 2004, Van Buren County took over operation of the state-owned trail after state budget problems. There is a trail pass system to pay for maintenance.

In 2015, The Michigan Department of Natural Resources paved the 4.5-mile stretch which connects Van Buren State Park to the South Haven Trail system The pavement is a 10-foot-wide asphalt surface. South Haven maintains the marked route that connects to a downtown trailhead, city businesses, beaches and Kal-Haven Trail State Park.

Its northern terminus is South Haven near Lake Michigan. The Kal-Haven Trail starts in South Haven northeast of downtown. The trail pass is valid for both trails.

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