Indiana is an incredible state, filled with amazing nature to explore. So if you want a little adventure, a great choice is (the very tasty sounding) Potato Creek State Park.
Found in north-central Indiana, just 12 miles SW of South Bend, this state park has a host of year round activities for the whole family to enjoy. If you love the great outdoors, you will love it!
A huge draw to the state park is the 327 acre lake - Worster Lake - where there is a host of water activities to keep you entertained. There are boat launches to take your boats out, and fishing is welcome on the lake.
On those sunny days there is a beach and swimming to keep you cool too!
For those families who prefer land, then don't worry because Potato Creek State Park has you covered there too!
Get those walking shoes out, because there are a number of trails that you can hike along, from easy to rugged. They range from .5 miles to 2.5 miles, so you can choose what you want to take on before you head out there.
For those biking and mountain biking enthusiasts, there are great trails for you, and even beginners too!
The fun doesn't have to end when summer does, because come winter there is a host of fun things to do with the family. From ice fishing to cross-country skiing, you can really enjoy what each season has to offer.
With a wildlife observation area, a tubing hill, bridle trails and playground equipment for those kids who STILL have energy after all of the other fun they have had, Potato Creek State Park really is made for active families!
So let's get out there and enjoy it!
The parks team really look after the wildlife and all the nature that call it home, so help them out by keeping the areas you visit clean and tidy!
It's a great idea to take your own picnic lunch and enjoy it on the side of the lake or a nice shady spot!
Did you know that the native people's used the area for fishing and hunting, and that the first European people settled in the 1830s? It's worth reading a little about the history as it makes the area that much more special.
You can pick up information and items in the visitor center
Always carry bottled water with you, especially if you are heading out on the trails. Healthy snacks don't hurt either.
Speak to staff in the visitor center about where the best spots to go are that have the best accessibility
There are camping spots to enjoy too seasonally, so you can extend your family day out to something more!