Top 7 Reasons to Run/Walk in DeKalb County, Indiana

Top 7 Reasons to Run/ Walk in DeKalb County, Indiana

There a many benefits to running or walking outdoors; there’s the fresh air, the scenic views of nature and of course, the health benefits of just being outside. DeKalb County has quite a few options for getting outdoors and running/walking on the trails.

Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, here are 7 reasons to run/walk in DeKalb County, Indiana!

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1. Safety

The trails in DeKalb County are much safer alternatives to running/walking on than the county roads where vehicles travel at high speeds, and where there are no sidewalks.


2. Scenic Views

Running or walking on the trails is a much prettier sight to see compared to running indoors. There is nothing quite like breathing in the fresh air as you enjoy nature.


3. Cost-Effectiveness

It will cost you nothing to walk the trails in DeKalb County! Most of the parks and trails have playground equipment, so it’s a perfect budget-friendly option for the whole family to enjoy.


4. Rieke Park Trail


Open to both bikes and foot traffic, this 1.15 mile stretch of trail follows the footprint of an abandoned New York Central Railroad line.

The paved trail is shaded for most of its route, although it passes into open fields near the north end. The famous Rieke Park is located near the trail’s midpoint. The park offers a playground, basketball court, picnic pavilions, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, horseshoe courts, and restrooms.


5. Eckhart Park

 This park offers 10.4 acres of luscious flora and fauna. There’s a 9 hole disc golf course as well as playground equipment, benches, and swings. You can even enjoy views of Cedar Creek as it flows through the park.



6. St Joe River Green Way

This is a beautiful 1.3-mile trail that winds around the banks of the St. Joseph River. There are benches along the trail as well as informational signs explaining the history of Indiana and the park.

Click here to learn about how this trail came about.


7. Greenhurst Commons

This park occupies the grounds of the former Greenhurst Country Club, and the features of the golf course have been removed, and a system of paved trails has been installed. Click here to learn more about this beautiful park.