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South Bend’s Northside Trail closely follows the east bank of the St. Joseph River from Howard Park to the western edge of Mishawaka. Along the way, you’ll have access to Viewing Park and Veterans Memorial Park, offering pleasant places to rest and picnic. The campus of Indiana University South Bend is also located along the route.
Between 26th Street and 27th Street, the trail passes through stone walls originally built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. At the Northside Trail’s northern end in Howard Park, there is a direct connection to the East Bank Trail, which continues north to the edge of the University of Notre Dame’s campus.
Parking is available at the north end of the trail in Howard Park (219 S. St. Louis Boulevard) and near the trail’s midpoint at Veterans Memorial Park (Northside Boulevard and Twyckenham Drive).
Easy bike path, Just watch for geese. Only point of needing to stop is the light at Ironwood. The Norte Dame canoe teams can be seen all the time on the water. There are covered areas to stop at along the away and benches by the river.
Trail has great view of the St. Joseph river the whole way with old stone walls lining part of the path. Only problem is it’s prone to flooding so you might have to make a slight detour on your route.
Love to down hills on this trail but always remember, what goes down must come up! OR LORT! The ups are a challenge!
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