Local Recreation

There are seemingly endless benefits to recreating locally. Studies have shown that enjoying the outdoors or Parks and Rec-supported programs in a local setting can help build stronger family ties, increase happiness, build self-esteem, reduce stress, increase community pride, reduce crime, improve local business and improve the environment. What’s not to love?

Recreating locally increases local business, decreases carbon emissions from motoring to a non-local recreation site, and increases community support and knowledge of local green spaces. There’s no need to travel long distances in order to enjoy the outdoors, especially when there’s a variety of recreation opportunities right here in the Greater Lafayette area. Most of us who enjoy the outdoors also want to decrease our impact on it, and keeping outdoor recreation local is a great way to get the best of both worlds. Even better, the Greater Lafayette area has so many parks and playgrounds, that you’re never too far away from one. Instead of driving, opt to ride a bicycle to your recreation location. Not only will this further decrease impact on the environment, but it’s also a healthy alternative to driving.

If parks and playgrounds aren’t of any interest, walk or bike a trail that runs through the Greater Lafayette area. There are over 30 miles of unpaved footpaths and paved trails in Greater Lafayette that connect to bike lanes and sidewalks. During the warmer months, rent a kayak and work your way down the Wildcat Creek just east of Lafayette or jump in your boat and enjoy the Wabash River!

Local Sources:

Wabash River Water Trail

City of Lafayette Neighborhood Parks

City of Lafayette Riverfront Parks

City of Lafayette Trails

City of West Lafayette Parks

City of West Lafayette Trails

Wabash Heritage Trail

Greater Lafayette Mountain Bike Trails

Niches Land Trust


Trails in Indiana