Indiana-State-ParksThe Indiana Volkssport Association is hosting walks at several state parks.

The association is a noncompetitive sports group that encourages people to get active. Most events are divided into two courses, 5K and 10K, except for the Potato Creek State Park event, which adds a third, a 15K option.

All events take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants can go through either course at any time during those hours as long as they finish by the end time.

The association is also hosting a special event on Saturday, April 4 at Spring Mill State Park to celebrate National Walk Week, which is April 1-7. The Bedford Hiking Club will lead a guided walk at 10 a.m. that day, starting at Spring Mill Inn.

Other Volksmarch events at state park properties include:

  • March 28, Lincoln State Park, Lakeside Shelter
  • June 6, Shades State Park, Hickory Shelter
  • Aug. 1, Potato Creek State Park, Nature Center
  • Aug. 8, Chain O’Lakes State Park, Sunny Shelter
  • Sept. 28, Summit Lake State Park, Sunset Shelter

The association also has trails that can be hiked throughout the year at Fort Harrison, Pokagon and Spring Mill state parks, and Paynetown State Recreation Area at Monroe Lake. Paper instructions and maps for walkers to follow are available at the inns at each of those state parks, and at the property office at Paynetown.