Hiking in Northern Indiana

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Northern Indiana is a beautiful and unique place for hiking and exploring nature. This region features diverse ecosystems, each with different natural features and wildlife, that makes each place you visit a new adventure. There are a variety of great destination spots for hiking with kids or for more experienced hikers, parks with several popular amenities, bird watching areas, and guided hikes and programs offered throughout the year.

Northern Indiana has wonderful natural areas to explore, whether you're looking for a quick day trip, a longer hike, or a nice picnic spot--there are a variety of great places to check out! 

  • Local Destinations

    • City of Elkhart

      • The City of Elkhart has beautiful parks all over town with amenities such as playground equipment, sport arenas (e.g, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, etc.), boat launches, fishing spots, community gardens, and more! 

      • The Elkhart Environmental Center is natural space in the city with 11 trails that meander through woodlands, around wetlands, along the river, and through prairie habitats. The site also features a boat launch, Visitor's Cabin (open M-F 8 AM - 5 PM), community garden, and rain gardens and pollinator gardens for both visitors and wildlife to enjoy.

    • Elkhart County

      • Much like the City, Elkhart County has a variety of local parks that make great places to visit, such as Ox Bow, Bonneyville Mill, Cobus Creek, and more!

    • Other

      • There are also plenty of places not far from Elkhart that are worth a visit, such as Spicer Lake County Park and St. Pat's County Park

  • Northern Indiana

    • West of Elkhart

      • The Dunes National Park is a fantastic destination for hiking and exploring nature. The park features Cowles Bog Trail, which winds through 5 different ecosystems and has played a significant part in the history of the study of ecology.

      • Warren Dunes is a popular destination for hiking, hang gliding, and visiting the beach. 

      • Potato Creek State Park

    • East of Elkhart

      • Pokagon State Park and Chain O Lakes State Park both feature 1 to 4 mile hikes that visitors can make a day of to explore. Stop and enjoy the scenery and plants!

      • Salamonie Lake's Bloodroot Trail is a great backpacking destination with 13 miles of trails for visitors to enjoy!

You don’t have to go far to enjoy serenity. Find great sunsets and sunrises, and new places for those that want quick, easy access to quietness.