Foliage season is almost here.

Peak color change is expected to arrive the week of Oct. 18, according to this fall foliage predictor. So, it’s time to get the hiking boots ready and plan those autumn adventures. It’s foliage season, and we six picks for the top places around The Bend to see it for yourself.

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Notre Dame's Campus

All the stunning, iconic campus landmarks with a side of beautiful fall colors. Take a self-guided tour around campus to see how the foliage plays against the Golden Dome, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto, among other great photo ops. If you choose to do so, remember the campus guidelines during coronavirus — masks should be worn at all times, whether you're inside or outside and social distancing should be maintained whenever possible. 

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Beutter Park

One of multiple parks along the Mishawaka Riverwalk, there are ample views here that include the St. Joseph River. Snapping a shot of trees lining the river in full change is the one you’ll want to share with friends.

Potato Creek State Park

Situated just 20 minutes southwest of South Bend, this is one of the most-visited parks in the state system. Worster Lake is the park’s centerpiece there might not be a better way to check out foliage than by hopping in a canoe or kayak. Glide through the 327-acre lake for a closer look at the leaves while the fall air breezes past.  

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Rum Village Park

You don’t have to leave the city to get a closer look at nature’s beauty. Rum Village is a 160-acre park on South Bend’s south side with an abundance of trails for hiking and biking. You can also bring your pup along to explore the dog park. Feeling adventurous? There’s an aerial ropes course on site.

Spicer Lake Nature Preserve

Walking through Spicer Lake Nature Preserve feels like a deep dive into, well, nature. It’s an ideal spot for hiking off the beaten path or birding. There’s a boardwalk that takes visitors into a portion of the wetlands. Any time you’re in a place like Spicer Like, there’s bound to be an abundance of foliage.

St. Patrick's County Park

Photo opportunities abound in this 398-acre park with miles of trails. Among the best places for foliage is anywhere the park winds along the St. Joseph River. Look carefully and you might just spot a bald eagle during your hikes.

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