Unforgettable picnic spots in Elkhart County

Skip the dinner table. Everyone knows food tastes better in the great outdoors. Here are some of our favorite places to unpack the picnic basket. Lunch on the river Where else can you be surrounded by natural beauty and a thriving urban center? It’s here at Island Park, where the Elkhart River…

Outdoor Adventures in Elkhart County

Take your pick from our assortment of year-round outdoor recreation. Bicycling along one of our back-road routes. Playing billiards. Birdwatching. Bowling a strike. Canoeing on the St. Joseph River. Cross-country skiing. Fishing for Walleye or Large-mouth Bass. Golfing. Hiking. Ice skating by the…

Best places to walk your dog

Walking your dog in the neighborhood is all well and good, and we're sure your pup loves it, but did you know that Elkhart County has a couple of dog parks?! Elkhart County is also packed with vast green spaces featuring paths that wind through woodlands, cross peaceful streams and visit historic…

Paddling Elkhart River

(Photo by Marshall V. King) Paddling Elkhart River mixes urban and rural for a new experience every trip By Marshall V. King The beauty of the Elkhart River isn’t that it’s just one thing. Stretches are rural and secluded. Others are lined with houses or go under major highways. The river flows…

Four Fantastic #INElkhartCo Bike Rides

There is just something about the unhurried feel of Elkhart County’s wide open spaces. May is National Bike Month and with a long weekend and warmer weather ahead, it’s time to bust out the bike on these great trails in #INElkhartCo. Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Trailheads in Goshen, Middlebury and…

Six places to go big for your garden

There’s nothing like the sweet smell of flowers wafting through your yard, or plucking plump tomatoes from the vine in your garden. Garden centers all around Elkhart County are there to help you turn this vision into reality. Linton’s Enchanted Gardens 315 County Road 17, Elkhart. Open daily…

Fishing Fun in Elkhart County

Gorgeous rivers and streams criss-cross Elkhart County’s landscape. Guess what’s in the water? Right, fish! Here are some things to know before you grab your fishing pole. For trout fishing, Cobus Creek County Park northwest of Elkhart and the Little Elkhart River, which snakes through Middlebury…

Goshen's Millrace Canal is a rush for the senses

By Marshall V. King GOSHEN — When Mike Puro was a kid, his parents didn’t want him walking along the Millrace Canal. Puro was drawn to the path and canal even as a youngster back in the 1950s and the water in the canal rushed by as Puro walked to Parkside Elementary School. More than 30 years…

Four places in Elkhart County to explore by boat

A view of the Elkhart River near Goshen (Photo by Marshall V. King) Elkhart County is full of great places to paddle during the daytime. In fact, it offers lovely views even at night, particularly when your vessel is equipped with Atlantic Marine - boat lights. What a stunning sight! Here are…