Summer Outdoor Adventures of Northeast Indiana
Jun15

Summer Outdoor Adventures of Northeast Indiana

Northeast Indiana has no shortage of outdoor activities. From Fort Wayne’s three rivers, 86 parks and hundreds of miles of bike paths, there’s plenty to explore. Keep reading for our favorite outdoor adventures in and around Fort Wayne. Visit a State Park Northeast Indiana’s State Parks are the best places to go for hiking, observing wildlife, camping and more! Pokagen Located near Angola, Pokagen is one of Indiana’s original state parks.  With activities for every season, the park is a hot spot all year long. This summer head to Pokagen to enjoy its scenic hiking trails, boat rentals, fishing, horse riding and beautiful sunset views. Chain O’ Lakes Nine connecting lakes make up this state park. With 10 miles of hiking trails, plentiful beaches, the one-room schoolhouse nature center and cabins for rustic overnights, there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy all weekend. Ouabache Easier said than it looks, this park’s name is the French spelling of a Native American word and is simply pronounced “Wabash.” Head here to enjoy the park’s interpretative naturalist services, hiking trails, swimming beaches and paved bike paths. Other Parks While not designated as state parks, there are plenty of natural areas nearby to get your outdoor fix.  Check out Allen County Parks with more info about Fox Island and Matea Park  which offer great activities for the kiddos. Salomon Farm Park is an historic working farm and park for everyone. Roush Lake Fish and Wildlife Area is designated for hunting and fishing opportunities. Head to the Water There are numerous lakes and rivers surrounding Fort Wayne offering cottage rentals for a weekend (or longer) getaway. There’s no better place to de-stress than near the water. Lake Life Lake Wawasee is Indiana’s largest natural lake, with rumors that Oprah has purchased lakeside property there, and Al Capone used to be a regular visitor. Salamonie Lake has tons of activities to enjoy besides swimming and boating including biking and bridle trails, playgrounds, sports courts and waterskiing. Other nearby favorites are Crooked Lake, Lake James and Tri-Lakes. Looking for a cottage or lake house rental? Try a quick search on AirBNB! River Fun Fort Wayne is home to the St. Mary’s and St. Joseph Rivers which form the Maumee River. Fort Wayne Outfitters offers kayaking and canoe rentalswhile River City Ventures offers relaxing, scenic tours. If you’re willing to travel a bit out of the city, head just an hour to Howe, Indiana for some river adventuring. Mongo River Run and The Trading Post offer boat rentals from four to 13 mile runs down the quiet and scenic river. Hit the Trails Fort Wayne has hundreds of miles of paved bike paths...

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Fort Wayne Trails- Improving our city, improving lives
Apr12

Fort Wayne Trails- Improving our city, improving lives

  When I moved to Fort Wayne in 2002, the city was beginning to invest in and develop our trail system. Now, just ten years later, the effort has been consolidated through the formation of Fort Wayne Trails, and our community boasts over 70 miles of connected trails, with more on the way. That’s quite an accomplishment, and it has become one of our most prized amenities, helping us build a vibrant and healthy community. As a runner, I cannot easily capture the value of our trail system in words. They provide me with a safe and scenic way to stay healthy and active and connect me with other people and destinations. My favorite portion of the trail, dubbed the Maumee Pathway, extends from just south of my neighborhood near Lakeside Park along the Maumee River to New Haven. It provides me with over 10 miles of uninterrupted trails through a quiet and beautiful portion of the countryside. The terrain is relatively flat, as well, providing the optimal landscape for long runs. During the summer, my husband and I do our best to embrace something we call no car weekends. Because of how easy it is to access our trail system, we are able to get almost anywhere in the city without traveling by car, and we can do so safely because of the trails. Our favorite trip is to the Barr Street Market downtown via the Maumee Pathway and the River Greenway. When we are feeling particularly adventurous, we hop on our bikes and make the trek through downtown to the Towpath Trail, which offers several winding miles through breathtaking plains and wetlands and gives us access to the Southwest side of town. Because of the investment our community has made in our trail system, residence now have a safe place to walk, run, and bike. It’s amazing how connected our city has become as a result, and not just physically. While biking or running on the trail, everyone you meet greets you with a smile and a friendly hello… how often does that happen in traffic? Fort Wayne Trails truly is improving lives, one trail at a...

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