Parks & Nature
Grand Mere State Park & Nature Area
Along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Adjacent to Lincoln Township Park, this 371-acre nature area is a favorite spot for "birders." As part of the 1,000-acre Grand Mere State Park, Grand Mere Nature Area offers a variety of settings for studying the outdoors, including sand dunes, beach woods, an old lake bed, a hemlock swamp and cranberry bog.
Dr. TK Lawless Park
This 850 acre nature park is open year-round and boasts a broad range of recreational activities.
Madeline Bertrand County Park
Located on the east bank of the St Joseph River, this park offers visitors a variety of outdoor activities. An 18-hole Disc Golf Course, designed by the world's leading course architect, is contained within Bertrand's pine and hardwood forests. Each hole features a cement tee-off area, a pole target and tee sign that indicates hole number, distance from tee to hole, and par. Bring your plastic flying discs and enjoy the fun!
Warren Dunes State Park
A summertime favorite, Warren Dunes State Park offers 1,507 acres of dunes and lakefront camping. Open year-round, the park offers camping and hunting in the Fall, cross-country skiing in the Winter, and picnicking, sailboarding, swimming, hiking, and hang-gliding in the Summer. 197 campsites with electricity, hot and cold running water, showers, bathrooms and fire circles make the park ideal for family camping
Warren Woods State Park
Warren Woods Nature Center, administered by the Warren Dunes State Park officials, is a favorite site for hikers and naturalists. The Woods is made up of a 311-acre tract of virgin beech and maple. Hikers will enjoy the rare chance this nature cente r provides to observe birds and small animals in an uncut, natural setting. Naturalists will also appreciate the wide variety of plants and wild flowers that grow in the woods - over 100 species!
Van Buren State Park
Outdoor sports enthusiasts will enjoy spending time at the Van Buren State Park. Located on Lake Michigan, the park offers visitors a variety of year-round activities.
Kal Haven Trail State Park
The Kal Haven Trail is a bicycle and hiking trail that follows the old railway line from South Haven to Kalamazoo, a total of 34.1 miles away. The trail is non-technical and is mostly prepared path with some road stretches. Along the way the trail passes through a number of scenic natural areas and towns, each with their own attractions.
Russ Forest and Newton's Woods County Park
Nestled along the Volinia Creek, Fred Russ Forest and Newton's Woods County Park, is a nature lover's paradise with its old growth forests, acres of wildflowers and abundant plant life. Located on Marcellus Highway, one-half mile east of Decatur Road near Volinia, Russ Forest offers two picnic shelters with electricity, potable water, equestrian and hiking trails, fishing (designated trout stream), horseshoe pits, and much more
Berrien County Birding Destinations Map
You can pick up a hard copy of the Berrien County Birding Destinations Map at Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, 2300 Pipestone Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 anytime Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm. For an online copy, please click on the link above.
Love Creek County Park & Nature Center
Love Creek County Park & Nature Center features over 100 acres of meadows, forests, marshes and creeks. Visitors will enjoy hiking and skiing over 5 miles of trails. An interpretive building offers a nature book shop, classrooms, a variety of displays and exhibits, and a popular wild-life observation window through which you can observe an assortment of birds and mammals throughout the year.
Arthur Dodd Memorial Park
Located along the Dowagiac Creek, near the County line, this 51 acre park has long been a destination spot for the water enthusiast.
Silver Beach County Park
Located in St. Joseph at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, Silver Beach features a clean, wide beach on Lake Michigan and public access to the South Pier. It is a favorite destination for a variety of beach and river front activities, ranging from sunbathing and beach volleyball to pier fishing and sunset strolls
Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve
Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley.