Staff Picks: Area Parks

The VSBM staff spends a lot of our time talking about the many great attractions, restaurants, hotels and shopping found in our community for our visitors to enjoy… but what are some of our favorite things do in our spare time? Here you will find some of our suggestions for GREAT PARKS TO VISIT in the area – great for visitors and residents alike!

VSBM-Rob-DeCleeneRob DeCleene
Executive Director

I think the County Parks in St. Joe County are absolute gems of our community. St. Pat’s Park in northern St. Joe County has great trails, canoeing on the St. Joe River, and the best cross country skiing around during winter. Spicer Lake Nature Preserve in northwestern St. Joe County has a beautiful nature center and amazing hiking trails. Ferrettie/Baugo Creek Park is a beautiful park in southeastern St. Joe County and has an awesome disc golf course. Bendix Woods in western St. Joe County is full of trails and history. It’s home to the largest natural living sign in the world – the “Studebaker” trees – and is also home to the old Studebaker proving grounds. Bendix Woods also hosts Sugar Camp Days every March where all things maple syrup are enjoyed!

VSBM-Nicole-HeadshotNicole Lawler
Director of Tourism Marketing & Development
As far as play equipment goes, we love to go to Potawatomi Park and they have a great splash pad too. If we want to stay away from a lot of the crowds, we will head to either Clay Township Park or St. Patrick’s Park and walk the trails or play on their playgrounds as well.

VSBM-Carolyne-WallaceCarolyne Wallace
Director of Sales
We are so blessed to have beautiful and diverse parks in our community! I love all that Potawatomi Park has to offer: the zoo, the free concerts, great picnic areas and playgrounds and my favorite spot, especially in winter, the Conservatories.

VSBM-Meghan-HuffMeghan Huff
Sports Sales Manager
I just love the river walks in both South Bend and Mishawaka, especially because the routes take you past the various parks that span the banks of the St. Joseph River in both communities.

VSBM-Lindsey-HornerLindsey Horner
Communications & Public Relations Coordinator
I’m a fan of Potawatomi Park. It is spacious, and has plenty to do all around – Potawatomi Zoo, Chris Wilson Pavilion, Kids’ Kingdom and Potawatomi Conservatories are all right there. We played at Kids’ Kingdom a lot as kids, so this park and its surroundings are very nostalgic for me.