Spending time outdoors is great for both mental and physical health—especially during this time. Whether you prefer to walk or bike the trails or hit the links for a round of golf, read on to see how you can enjoy the outdoors in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Guide to the Outdoors in Fort Wayne

Freimann Square in spring

Parks and Trails

Did you know there are more than 90 parks in Fort Wayne and Allen County? Head to your favorite spot or make a trip to a new park and go explore!

If you want to be in the heart of it all, visit Promenade Park in downtown Fort Wayne. The city’s newest park covers 4 acres on the north and south banks of the St. Marys River, and features one of the best skyline views from the Tree Canopy Trail. Or continue your downtown adventures by winding your way through the paths at Headwaters Park.

For a more serene setting that will surround you with nature, check out Fox Island County Park in southwest Allen County. Within the 605-acre park, 207 acres are dedicated as a State Nature Preserve. Hike the marked trails, discover a variety of plant species, and even spend time at the doggie beach with your pup. Don’t be surprised if you spot animals at play while you’re there!

Looking for the best spring flowers? You won’t want to miss the spring blooms at Lakeside Park or the rows of tulips at Foster Park! Take a peek at this list of places to find Fort Wayne in bloom.

Find more parks and plan your next adventure.

Bike on the Pufferbelly Trail along the Rivergreenway in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is also home to more than 120 miles of trails—perfect for biking, running, or walking. Browse our bike trail itineraries here and take a ride with your family.

*NOTE:
  • Due to COVID-19 prevention measures, all park playgrounds are closed until further notice.
  • As you explore Fort Wayne’s parks and trails, please follow social distancing measures by staying 6 feet apart from others.

 

Golf Courses

If you’ve been itching to grab your clubs and hit the links, look no further. Here’s your guide to Fort Wayne golf courses open to the public during this time. Please call ahead to the golf course before you go for additional details and to set your tee time.

Golfing In Fort Wayne

City Golf Courses

Fort Wayne's city golf courses are now open to the public! Reserve a tee time at one of these 18-hole courses:

Current Precautions:

  • Call ahead of time to reserve your tee time.
  • Week of May 4: Courses are walking-only. Driving ranges and practice areas open with social distancing practices in place.
  • Beginning May 11: Golf cart rentals will be available and summer leagues will commence.

Learn more about city golf courses here.

Autumn Ridge Golf Club

Hours: 8:30 am – 6:45 pm

Current Precautions:

  • 1 person per golf cart
  • No one permitted inside buildings
  • All transactions done outside

11420 Auburn Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46845

(260) 637-8727 / autumnridgegc.com

Cherry Hill Golf Club

Hours: 7 am – 9 pm

Current Precautions:

  • 1 person per golf cart
  • No one permitted inside buildings
  • All transactions done outside

6615 Wheelock Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46835

(260) 485-8727 / cherryhillgc.com

Chestnut Hills Golf Club

Call for hours

Current Precautions:

  • 1 person per golf cart
  • No one permitted inside buildings
  • All transactions done over the phone

11502 Illinois Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814

(260) 625-4146 / chestnuthillsgolf.com

Colonial Oaks Golf Club

Call for hours

Current Precautions:

  • 1 person per golf cart
  • No one permitted inside buildings
  • All transactions done outside

8218 Huguenard Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818

(260) 489-5121 / colonialoaksgc.com

 

Public Art

Consider taking a walking tour of Fort Wayne’s amazing downtown murals! You’ll find a wonderful blend of local and international artists represented in these pieces. Check out the Fort Wayne Mural Map to find all the downtown murals as well as some closer to your neighborhood.

Mural at Wells and Fourth Streets, but Jerrod Tobias Studios

Expect to encounter many Instagramable stops along the way. Be sure to use #MyFortWayne when you share on social media for a chance to be featured on Visit Fort Wayne’s channels.

 

More Outdoor Fun

Discover even more ways to experience the great outdoors in Fort Wayne! These water trail adventures invite you to paddle along Fort Wayne’s three rivers: the St. Marys, St. Joseph, and Maumee.

You can also find additional outdoor activity ideas here.

Last updated: 5/22/2020