If you are traveling to Mishawaka, Indiana, and are interested in going on a beautiful hike, I highly recommend the delightful Mishawaka Riverwalk. This paved trail is 2.6 mile (4.2 km) in length, and provides some pretty spectacular vantage points of the St. Joseph River. Many events are held here in the summer, such as concerts and farmers markets, which makes it an ideal spot for a day trip. Along the Riverwalk, you can find ample benches, pavilions, playgrounds, and even a gorgeous amphitheater. The address for the park is N Spring Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544. You can also find parking at Central Park (295 E Mishawaka Ave.)
Several months ago, in early summer, we visited with some of our family members out in the Midwest. In addition to the wonderful opportunity to catch up and celebrate with them, we found ourselves meandering about, and exploring this area. I personally had never traveled to this part of the United States before, and found myself truly captivated by the gorgeous scenery, and the whole atmosphere in general. Through exploring, I discovered that not only is this area amazing, but so are the people residing within it.
At the suggestion from family of unique landmarks to check out in the area, we decided it was an excellent idea to explore the Mishawaka Riverwalk. After we arrived at the Riverwalk, we first discovered that there was ample parking to be found. This is always a good find, especially when you are traveling to some place new! As we made our way to the trail, we also found that it was made of concrete, and fairly easy to navigate. The main path is pretty flat, which is good if someone is using a mobility device, or for families with strollers. There were also many individuals biking in the area.
One of my favorite spots that we found on the trail was the dam itself. There is a nice platform that you can see a waterfall flowing from it, and it was a very relaxing area on the trail. From a historical aspect, back in the 1800s, many Mishawaka businesses utilized the power generated from this water source for its factories that made iron, boots, furniture, flour, woolen goods, wagons, and even lumber supplies.
There was also a really cute part of the trail composed of interesting rocks called the “Millie Mishawaka Millipede.” It asks residents to add painted rocks of their own to grow this adorable artwork. I thought it was such a cool idea, and it was neat to see some of the designs that local artists had come up with!
The Riverwalk is such a dynamic park. In addition to the magnificent waterway by the trail, there are so many interesting landmarks, fountains, and bridges. Gardens and flowers hug the path, and which gives it a whimsical feel as well.
If you are traveling to Mishawaka, Indiana, I highly recommend hiking along the Riverwalk. It is such a great spot for a stroll on a nice day, and there are many scenic places within it to see. Also, it is located within walking distance to many restaurants in there area, and I could see this being a fabulous spot for a day trip that the whole family can enjoy. Let me know in the comments if you have traveled here before. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click the like and subscribe button!
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