Rum Village Park

The 160 acres of rolling woodlands are home to deer, foxes, reptiles, amphibians, and numerous species of birds.  With so much to see and so many programs and activities to do, it is no wonder that so many people are rediscovering Rum Village.  

Dog Park

There's a new dog park in town! The Rum Village Dog Park offers an area for small dogs, large dogs, community area available for rental, pavilion and more. Tucked away in the beautiful wooded Rum Village Park, you'll feel like you aren't even in the city.

Nature Center

Nature-lovers, families, and students will enjoy exploring Rum Village Nature Center. Click here to see what the nature center has to offer.


Rum Village is home to diverse wildlife. Over a hundred species of birds have been seen at Rum Village, including nesting owls, pileated woodpeckers, and warblers. Foxes, deer, reptiles and amphibians can also be found in Rum Village. Click here to see some of wildlife photos and information.

Disc Golf

Come out to Rum Village for a game of disc golf!  The view from the hills of Rum Village makes this 18 hole course a great place to play- and its FREE!   Well-groomed park with a very old trees and elevation. Begins with birdieable holes - the back 9 tests accuracy.

More information can be found here.

Mountain Bike Trails

There are now over five miles of trails at the Rum Village Annex, which is located on the west side of Gertrude Street, south of the entrance to Rum Village Park. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced trails to suit the skills of various riders.

For information about the trails, check out the Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association site.

Hiking Trails

The 160 acres of natural woodland in Rum Village Park is a designated nature area. Three miles of trails wind through this habitat. Click here for a trail map.

Many excellent specimens of native trees and a wide selection of flowering and herbaceous plants may be found here. Such a wooded tract is unique within an urban community. It is a remnant of the land that once was, a source of food and shelter for a variety of wildlife and a haven for renewal of the human spirit. 

So that we may preserve the natural area, please observe these regulations:

  •     Please walk on marked trails - do not go "cross country".
  •     Bicycles or motorized vehicles are prohibited from trails
  •     Please leave the wildflowers and plants in the park for everyone to enjoy
  •     Leave all wood (living or dead) to rebuild natural humus.
  •     Please help us maintain the beauty of the park by using trash recepticles
  •     Keep all pets on a leash


Two open-air, covered pavilions are available for rent. Each holds 64 people and all pavilions offer electricity and grills. Each pavilion rents for $60 plus tax for the day. The rental season in May 1 thru September 30. Reservations are accepted year round for the rental season. You may reserve online or at the City of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts administrative offices on Walter Street during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alcohol Request for a Facility Reservation

Due to state regulations, please call the VPA administration office at 574.299.4765 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday for new procedures.