The northern portion of the East Bank Trail was one of the first rail-trails in Indiana, opening in 1988. The asphalt-surfaced trail stretches for about 0.5 mile through tree-lined South Bend neighborhoods to St. Joseph High School and the edge of the Holy Cross College and University of Notre Dame campuses.
At Howard Street/North Shore Drive, a newer concrete-surfaced segment continues south along the St. Joseph River through downtown’s East Bank Village. A crossing over the South Bend Dam provides access to Seitz Park, which overlooks the East Race Waterway, a manmade route for whitewater rafting, kayaking and inner tubing that parallels Niles Avenue.
The trail ends in the south at Howard Park, which offers restrooms, picnic areas, a recreation center and scenic views of the St. Joseph River. A direct connection to the Northside Trail allows trail users to trek closer to the city of Mishawaka.
Parking for the East Bank Trail is available in the north at St. Joseph High School (N. Michigan Street and W. Angela Boulevard) and in the south at Howard Park (219 S. St. Louis Boulevard) and Seitz Park (south of E. Colfax Avenue/US Business Route 20).