Outdoor Fall Adventures
There’s nothing quite like those great times spent outside, and this fall weather has really expended so many outdoor activities. Whether your idea of a perfect day on the trails of Potawatomi Wildlife Park or teeing off on the golf courses, or stargazing, you will find them here in Marshall County.
Plants and animals come first at this sanctuary that’s a haven for hikers and birdwatchers. Boarded by the Tippecanoe River, it’s mad up of woodlands, fields, ponds, and wet-lands and is home to the state’s first Dark Sky Preserve, designated a perfect place to view the sky at night without interfering light. The park, which encompasses 317 acres and contains nearly five miles of hiking trails was at one time the Indian encampment site of the Steven Ben-Nack Potawatomi Village. While you’re here, you can canoe on the river.
If you’re looking for an easy, pleasant in-town hike any time or the year, this is the perfect trail for you. Nearly, three miles in length, it’s constructed of bituminous pavement and is free and accessible to all. The trail links downtown Plymouth, to Plymouth High School, and Riverside Intermediate School to Centennial Park. The trail runs from Jefferson Street to the bike path south of Riverside School on Baker Street. It starts at Founders Park on East Jefferson Street, bridges the Yellow River into Magnetic Park and follows alongside the banks of the Yellow River before linking with the Randolph Street section of the trail. The Trail continues north and connects with a bike trail winding along the Yellow River through the Centennial Park. Scenic brick-paved rest areas feature benches, bike racks and track receptacles.
It’s a historic reminder of the suffering that Indiana’s Potawatomi tribe endured in 1838 when you retrace their steps along this trail. Back then, Chief Menominee and his band were forced to move from Indiana to Kansas and many died along the way. On September 4, 1909, the State of Indiana erected the Chief Menominee Statue in Plymouth as memorial of that sad time. You can walk the trail starting a the statue, with signage to direct you.
Tantalizing Tee-offs…Ready for an afternoon on the links? You’ll find plenty of choices in Marshall County
Nestled in the tranquil rural countryside northwest of Plymouth, this resort is a golfer’s dream. It’s home to the United States Golf Academy and Indiana National Golf Club and maintains 36 carefully manicured holes. Swan Lake also features rentals in the inn, villas, log cabins, and house overlooking the course, a fine dining restaurant and a top-notch spa. Even more golf, wile you’re in Marshall County, check out the other golf courses, Woodbury Golf Course and Pretty Lake Golf Club.
There’s no better way to experience the culture and history of rural Northern Indiana than by hitting the road to travel through the gently rolling countryside. Marshall County’s trail is Indiana’s first Barn Quilt Trail and celebrates the history of agriculture, time-honored tradition of quilting, the community’s passion for art, community pride and Hoosier Hospitality. Self-guided trail maps are in the process of being available online at visitmarshallcounty.org where you’ll also learn more about the barns of Marshall County, the history of the quilt patterns chosen and all the things you can see and do while following the Barn Quilt Trail.
So be sure to enjoy the weather and colors this fall in Marshall County!