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The Graduate Theological Society
at the University of Notre Dame
We don’t have mountains or oceans, but if you like to get outside, there are
still quite a few options for you!
Warren Dunes State Park
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Rum Village Woods: SB City Park; 160 acres. Ewing Ave. and Gertrude St. in South
- St. Patrick’s County Park: ca 3 miles of trails just a 5-minute drive north of
Notre Dame. Nice for a stroll and a picnic.
Creek: IN State Park, ca. 20 minute drive south of South Bend. Around 8
miles of hiking trails through woods and marshland. Also camping and bike and
- Indiana Dunes: IN State Park, ca. 50 minute drive west of SB, just west of
Michigan City. Around 10 miles of trails through unique dune ecosystems. Also
camping, beach/swimming. A hotspot for birdwatchers in spring.
Warren Dunes: MI State Park, ca. 45 minute drive northwest of SB. 6 miles of
trails over, around, and behind the dunes.
Tip: Head to Michigan! Potato Creek State Park and St. Patrick’s County Park
(see under Hiking) claim to support X-C skiing (St. Pat’s even rents), but groom
poorly (St. Pats) or not at all (Potato Creek).
For short, nearby excursions, try instead:
Madeline Bertrand County Park: Just over the state line in
Michigan, and actually contiguous with St. Patrick’s Park in Indiana (a single
ski pass gives access to both parks). 3 miles of trails, some of which are
lighted, and rentals.
Love Creek County Park: About a 30-minute drive north, just
east of Berrien Springs, MI. 5 miles of trails, some lighted, with more variety
than Madeline Bertrand. Rentals available.
Two St. Joseph County parks have tubing hills: St.
Patrick’s and Ferrettie-Baugo. (winter
brochure | site)
Joyce Center: ND students and others with an ND ID can
skate free at the Joyce Center rink (enter Gate 3) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Fridays from 12–1 pm, Sept. 15–March 15. Rentals available for $3.
Howard Park: Just across the river from downtown South
Bend. Outdoor rink, charges admission fee ($3/adult in 2006–07). Rentals
available. (coupon for buy one get one free admission in the South Bend Parks
winter activity guide)