Foliage season is here.
Unofficially, the beginning of football season in The Bend marks the beginning of fall. Often you’ll notice leaves starting to change a few weeks later. Then fall is officially ushered in with crisp morning temperatures and trees that turn different shades of beautiful.
Every day we’re inching closer to when those fall hues will be at their best. Peak color change is expected to arrive around Oct. 26, according to this 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map.
So, it’s time to get the hiking boots ready and plan those autumn adventures. It’s foliage season, and we have the top places around The Bend to see it for yourself.
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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University of Notre Dame
Vibrant colors + iconic campus = fall magic. If you’re looking for that Instagrammable moment, we suggest framing the Main Building (the Golden Dome sits atop) between all the changing trees. It’ll make for a wildly shareable photo. Then keep exploring the rest of campus. And not just the building. Make sure to loop around the lakes too.
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.
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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.
Show Us How you Do Fall In The Bend
Share your fall photos from around The Bend on social media by using the #OnlyinTheBend or #FallinTheBend hashtags. You can also send them directly through our public uploader.