Best Scenic Hiking Trails in Indiana’s Cool North

In Indiana's Cool North you can find hiking trails to suit your physical fitness level and scenery preference.  Do you prefer hiking by a lake or river, or exploring on a trail with diverse ecosystems? You can find both leisurely strolls through nature, and a more physically demanding hike, like the 3 Dune Challenge.  We have a list of trails you can explore; find one that fits your style!

The River Greenway Trail

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail for the Scenic Hikes 2


The River Greenway Trail seamlessly combines the serene charm of the Elkhart River with the lively atmosphere of downtown Elkhart.

Starting at the Elkhart Environmental Center’s trailhead, you can either meander along the picturesque banks of the Elkhart River into the bustling River District or link up with the MapleHeart Trail, leading you further on to Goshen and connections with the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.

For information on nearby lodging.  Request a destination guide for Elkhart County.

  • 63 Minutes to Michigan City
  • 69 Minutes to Indiana Dunes
  • 94 Minutes to South Shore

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