The Magic of Midwest Covered Bridges
South Haven, Michigan
Walk or bike across the Donald F. Nichols Bridge, part of Kal-Haven Trail State Park. The 108-foot-long bridge crosses the Black River about 1 mile east of the South Haven trailhead. From there, you can continue more than 30 miles through the Michigan countryside to the northwest suburbs of Kalamazoo.
Getting started: Visit the Kal-Haven Trail website for maps and directions.
While you're there: South Haven has beaches within walking distance of downtown and inns, plus fresh foods at the edge of wine country. The European-style Hotel Nichols offers bikes for rent; fuel up for your trip with irresistible treats at Chocolate Cafe. For adventures of another sort, set sail on the replica schooner Friends Goodwill.