Foliage season is almost here.
Peak color change is expected the week of Oct. 24. It’s time to get the hiking boots out and plan autumn adventures. These are the top places for leaf peeping around South Bend and Mishawaka.
Notre Dame's Campus
All the iconic campus landmarks with a side of beautiful fall colors. Take a self-guided tour around the University of Notre Dame's stunning grounds to see how the foliage plays against the Golden Dome, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto, among other great photo ops.
One of multiple parks along the Mishawaka Riverwalk, there are ample views at Beutter Park 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.
Potato Creek State Park
Situated just 20 minutes southwest of South Bend, Potato Creek State Park is an outdoor lover's paradise. 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 in a kayak or canoe for a closer look at the leaves while the fall air breezes past.
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. 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. St. Patrick's is the crown jewel of the county park system.