While the state of Indiana has one of the highest cat ownership percentages in the country, it does not mean that there aren’t any dogs to be found in South Bend. On the contrary, a city the size of South Bend will have a large amount of dog owners and hence there is a vast amount of dog related attractions to be found in the area.
One of the top dog-friendly attractions in the South Bend region is Rum Village Park. This large park is approximately 160 acres in size and home to a broad variety of wildlife. Dogs, therefore, have to be on a leash, but there is still plenty to explore, including 4 miles of hiking trails that run through the backwoods.
The city of Mishawaka, east of South Bend and part of the South Bend metropolitan area, has its own off-leash dog park. The dog run is part of the 15-acre Prickett Marina Park and consists of a separate play area for small dogs, benches for the owners and a wooded area for dogs to explore.
The East Bank Trail, one of the first rail-trails in the state, also offers an opportunity for dog owners to walk their dog. This trail of asphalt and concrete stretches through several South Bend neighborhoods and stops at the campus area of the University of Notre Dame.
The Harters Heights neighborhood is home to the new Eddy Street Commons, which offers numerous shops, restaurants, and apartments. This picturesque area modeled on a town square design has decorative streets and sidewalks for dogs and their people to walk. The commons features several restaurants with patio dining, and benches make window shopping a pleasant activity on a summer’s evening. Also found in Harter Heights is the Niles Avenue Dog Park. This dog park has a large fenced enclosure for off-leash running. The park features a separate area for small dogs, and also offers a water fountain, toys, and poop bags.
Parks make up a lot of the square footage of the Council Oak neighborhood. Pups and their people in this neighborhood love being so close to nature. Pinhook Park on 2801 Riverside has 43 acres of open green spaces and wetlands. The park has 7 picnic tables, a lake, and a river. Boland Park has 21 acres and a large multi-use field. Picnic tables and a shelter provide the pawfect place for some easy outdoor dining with your pup. Woodlawn Park is a 16-acre tract of undeveloped land by the river. Your pup will need to be on a leash while using any of these public parks.
Mishawaka, located 6 miles east of South Bend, is home to Margaret Prickett Mariana. The Prickett Marina has 15 acres with picnic sites and access to the river. The park also has a dog park where dogs can run in a fenced grassy and partially wooded enclosure. There is a separate enclosure for small dogs, too. Linda’s Camp K-9 on 1817 Elder Road has a doggie daycare that has a large play area with toys and agility equipment. Linda’s also offers boarding and grooming services. The Boutique has unique doggie treats and gifts. Linda’s also creates birthday cakes made to please your darling dog on his special day!
Nappanee is 28 miles south of South Bend. Nappanee gives its dogs a place to run and play off-leash. Nappanee Dog Park, located at 1300 N. Oakland Avenue, has a flat grassy area for dogs to roll, run, and sniff. Small dogs have a separate area. The park has drinking fountains and waste receptacles. A few benches give the human companions a place to sit and chat while their pup socializes with his pals. This dog park requires the purchase of an annual membership from the city. Stauffer Park provides another opportunity for dogs and their human companion to get out in the fresh air and gets some exercise. This park has places to walk and picnic. Pups must stay on leash in this park.
Roseland is just 8 miles north of South Bend. The outskirts of South Bend has many hotels for out-of-town visitors. The Waterford Estates Lodge on 52890 SR 933 N has pet-friendly accommodations for folks travelling with their pups. Waterford will accommodate up to 3 dogs of any size for $30 per pet per stay. Comfort Suites at 52939 US 933 N also has pet-friendly rooms, and the hotel allows two pets up to 85 pounds for an additional $20 per pet per night. Wheelock Park is 72 acres of largely undeveloped land, and has some wide open spaces for on-leash walking.