Potato Creek is in north-central Indiana about 12 miles southwest of South Bend. The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment. Making reservations is advisable to enjoy some of the facilities at this very popular park. A variety of natural habitats await, including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Each offers unique opportunities for plant and wildlife observation. Native peoples used the area for hunting and fishing. The areas first people of European descent settled here in the 1830s.

Beautiful trail for Indiana. Mostly shaded in the summer. Slightly rolling in places but still an easy trail. Nice lake view for .75 mile

Not sure what's up with the default path for this hike but my recording (apart from the two times my GPS barfed) represents the full loop that combines Trails 4, 2, and 1. I recommend starting at the Porter Rea Cemetery parking lot. Follow Trail 4 counter-clockwise. This puts the biggest climbs early when you are fresh, and leaves the laky bits as a reward at the end of the hike. From the Porter Rea Cemetery parking lot walk down the road a short distance and you will find Trail 4 on your left. Follow Trail 4 until you come to the connecting trail to Trail 2. After going down a straight trail and crossing a bridge you find yourself on Trail 2. Proceed on Trail 2 counter-clockwise to the loop's biggest ascents, Steam Boat Hill (stairs) and Vargo Hill. Eventually Trail 2 will bring you to Trail 1. Follow signs to the Nature Center (crossing the bike trails at a couple points). Conveniently placed bio break there. Keep following Trail 1 counter-clockwise to Trail 2, the retrace yours steps on the connector between Trails 2 and 4. Continuing counter-clockwise on Trail 4 will take you to the Spring House and great views of Worster Lake before returning you to Porter Rea Cemetery. The whole loop as I described it was about 6.5 miles and we did it in under 2.5 hours. Signage is actually pretty clear, contrary to other reports. Only moments of confusion may come when crossing bike trails.

Very winding and hilly. NICE!!
$7.00 a vehicle $9.00 out of state.
Definitely worth it.

Nice, easy trail.

Views of the lake were great but the lack of signage along the trails made it a bit confusing.

So it’s actually a pretty descent hike. For the most part it’s well maintained but can get confusing due to lack of signs. Since I’ve never been there I appreciated the App to help me find the way. Anyway... so the hike consists of most of trail 1, trail 2, & part of trail 4 which is actually a loop trail but on here looked like an in & out that reconnects to 2. The trees were still pretty thin but the views of the lake are awesome. As an Arizona girl (now... I grew up in SB) it was nice to have a line of great pines to walk along.

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Trail 3 has great scenery but it's short. Great with small kids.

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Actually I've been walking the Mountain Bile trail

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The down hill parts of the trail are lots of fun. Riding over rocks, beautiful scenery, fun for adults and children

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