Best Bike Trails in the Area
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Cafes to stop at or roots to jump. South Bend has a bike trail for you. The 5-mile Riverwalk connects South Bend and Mishawaka downtowns via a loop along both banks of the St. Joseph River, over Kamm Island and past manicured parks. Anchored by points near the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend, the 3.5-mile East Bank Trail draws cyclists past downtown’s cafes and shops to riverside parks. Slow down on the gravel path winding through the Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area grasslands to see the range of bird species nesting there, including Henslow’s sparrows, dickcissels and boblinks. Potato Creek State Park’s 3.3-mile paved trail travels through forest, past restored prairie with native plants and along Potato Creek, so named for the wetland plants with potatolike roots. Move to wooded hills for a fast-flowing 6.6-mile loop of singletrack that’s great for mountain biking beginners. The hills become steeper and longer as you pedal from the 1-mile-long beginner section of the Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association’s trail at Rum Village Park to the 2-mile intermediate section and 3-mile advanced section.
What started as a training ground for former BMX pro Brett Banasiewicz and his friends, The Kitchen BMX Skatepark has become the fifth-largest BMX park in the world. The warehouse haven caters to anyone who wants to take on rails, half-pipes and ramps for flip tricks. Outdoor obstacles like steps, rails, bowls and more challenge bikers at the 13,000-square-foot O’Brien Skate Park.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR EVENT’S ON WHEELS
MAYORS’ RIDE / (MAY 7) South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Mishawaka Mayor Dave Woodwill lead this free ride through both towns to increase trail and safety awareness ($10 donation recommended).
LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP / (JULY 1) In Buchanan (19 miles north of South Bend), join the crowd watching amateurs and pros catch air on the motorcross race circuit’s biggest jump. Fireworks end Friday and Saturday night races with a colorful bang.
URBAN ADVENTURE GAMES / (JULY 29) Teams of two run, bike, swim and … (the rest is secret) to conquer checkpoints during a scavenger hunt through South Bend, Mishawaka and the Notre Dame area.
From the editor’s of Midwest Living, Visit South Bend brings you your guide to getting active in the South Bend area! Whether you want to hike, paddle, spin, run, explore, play, eat or celebrate, get it all here.