Fort Custer State Recreation Area is a 3,033-acre park located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

The park features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, a campground, a swimming beach, boat rentals, more than 25 miles of multi-use trails, paddling and fishing opportunities, second growth forests and remnant areas of prairie. The trail system is popular with mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers and dog sledders.


5163 Fort Custer Drive
Augusta MI, 49012


Horse Association:


Contact: (269)-731-4200

Directions: Off I-94, between Battle Creek, MI and Augusta, MI.

Length: 25 Miles total: Equestrian exclusive -16 miles the additional trails are multi-use.

Level: 1-2

Type: Riding, Hiking, Biking,

Terrain: Woods, meadows, lakes, river, tall grass prairie, mild hills, 5 water crossings, 2 bridges

Large dirt parking area.

Camping: Yes, permanent campsites were approved in 2019, there are now 7 primitive campsites at the Equestrian Trailhead. More info about the new equestrian campsites at and more info about regular camping at


Trailhead: Follow park signs to Equestrian Staging Area for parking and campsites. Maps are posted on the kiosk, additional ones are in the toilet building. All horse trails are clearly marked, maintained and easy to follow. Sign-in register, for day riding, is at the picnic shelter.

NOTICE: When parking at the trailhead, please clean up all manure around your trailer and put it in the manure pit at the edge of the parking area. Also, anyone who would like the compost is welcome to take it.