For those who enjoy rugged pursuits such as hiking and camping, deciding to settle in an apartment Indiana has to offer is sure to be satisfying. An abundance of recreation areas with trails and campgrounds can be found in and around the South Bend area, which means that outdoor activity is readily available during warmer months.
The largest recreational area in the Michiana region (the border between Michigan and Indiana) is Indiana Dunes State Park. Located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan in Chesterton, this park covers 15,000 acres and is a showcase of natural landscapes that are constantly changing due to a constant influx of sand blown by northwest winds off Lake Michigan. Hikers have many lakeshore trails to choose from, traversing marshes, forested dunes and open beaches. Diverse plant life, ranging from cacti to southern dogwood trees, can be found here as well, within unique ecosystems that include marshes, swamps, ponds, bogs and forested sand dunes.
Smaller recreation areas in the South Bend area that also have hiking and camping opportunities include Bonneyville Mill Park (east of Bristol on the LIttle Elkhart River), Oxbow (in Elkhart), RIver Preserve County Park (in Benton), and Potato Creek (in South Bend). If you’re looking for good outdoor activities, try searching for apartments in Elkhart/Goshen.