We are more than halfway through the year, but there is still so much to take in, taste, and tour in Noble County!
Consider our list of 2022’s Must Do’s, our recommendations to enjoy with family, friends, and our community of adventurous and courteous hosts and neighbors. Noble County’s natural beauty is waiting to rejuvenate you!
Go camping, hiking, & paddling at Chain O’ Lakes State Park
Recently voted Northeast Indiana’s Best Attraction by residents, Chain O Lakes State Park offers firesides that are perfect for making memories to last a lifetime!
Paddle through the chain of nine serene kettle lakes. Hike 29 miles of forested trails. Fish (electric-motors-only) the lakes and channels. Stay overnight in a forested, hillside family cabin. Visit the historic Stanley Schoolhouse located inside the park. Tour the nature center at Sand Lake beach.
Spend a few hours, or spend a week! Noble County’s top attraction is a definite “Must Do”!
Enjoy a “Taste of Noble County” along the Indiana Foodways Alliance Culinary Trails
Food inspires the feeling of contentment and connection! Get your Passport and enjoy Noble County’s trail stops including the Albion Ale House, Fashion Farm Restaurant, Kimmell House Tea Room, St. James Restaurant, and WhatchamaCAKES. Start planning your Indiana Food Alliance Trail adventure here.
Take a photo with a windmill
Listen to the windmills talk at the Mid-America Windmill Museum in Kendallville, a community with historic ties to windmill manufacturing for decades. Enjoy the grounds and unique museum, the only one of its kind east of the Mississippi! It’s something for the whole family to love.
Did we mention a spectacular holiday jubilee at the Windmill Museum? Visit in early December and cross your fingers for snow to reflect the colorful, twinkling lights of the Winter Wonderland display! 2022’s display will be lighting up the nights on December 2-3 and December 9-10!
Get in touch with nature, art, and extraordinary Hoosier history
At the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City, you will be inspired by the Cabin at Wildflower Woods! This site was the beloved home and is the final resting place of Gene Stratton-Porter, one of Indiana’s most widely read authors and one of the world’s first nature photographers and conservationists. Be sure the make plans to join in her Birthday Celebration!
While in the area, stop and explore the Sylvan Cellars Event Center and Tasting Room for beautiful landscapes. This one-of-a-kind entertainment venue is known for their creative cocktails and features a full menu!
Enjoy two signature festivals over Labor Day weekend
Autumn is festival time in Noble County! Mark your calendars and plan to experience two amazing local festivals. Attend the annual Ligonier Marshmallow Festival from September 2-6 taking place in downtown Ligonier for a huge variety of good, old fashioned community, street fair, and carnival fun! Another favorite, the annual Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, runs September 1-5 at the Noble County Community Fairgrounds in Kendallville. It’s a musical adventure!
Prepare for fall family fun all October long!
Attend the Apple Festival of Kendallville at the Noble County Community Fairgrounds & Vintage Mainstreet Market in historic downtown Kendallville on October 1-2. Make a trip to Fashion Farm’s Pumpkin Fantasyland in Ligonier. This long-time tradition for locals is definitely a “Must Do”! It runs from 8 AM to 7 PM daily from October 1-31 and features hundreds of creative pumpkin displays that will delight, amuse, and bewilder.
New in 2022, Historic Downtown Kendallville, an Indiana Main Street Affilliate, will host a Halloween Lantern Parade on Friday October 28. Find details on their website and plan to participate in the parade or observe from a spot along Main Street!
Hear the muskets fire at Stone’s Tavern
Learn about the life of early American settlers and pioneers at the 49th Annual Stone’s Trace Pioneer Festival September 10-11. Re-enactors will bring history to life while delicious food and period music will greet your senses!
The Hearthside Dinners and summer workshops also make Stone’s Trace a great place to learn and explore history. The site’s 5 Medals Festival is also scheduled to take place October 22-23.
Hit the trails to explore the parks
In addition to driving a golf ball or throwing a disc, you can walk, run, and bike your way through Noble County’s parks and countryside!
Our region is home to a variety of trails ranging from challenging terrain to smoothly paved. Explore over 40 miles of trails and a variety of sports and outdoor recreation options along the way. Explore the Recreation page of this website for ideas and to plan your adventure.
Tour one of the nation’s only natural perfumeries
Experience Annie Oakley Natural Perfumery and all it has to offer. Your visit will provide an opportunity to learn about the history of this interesting and unusual company, how perfumes are made, and sample and purchase the products they produce on site.
For an even more memorable experience, arrange for a tour and make your own unique fragrance at the make-and-take stations located around the shop!
Tour one of the nation’s most diverse animal sanctuaries
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion provides refuge to nearly 90 displaced, captive-raised exotic animals for the REST of their lives.
This nationally renowned, true sanctuary (which does not buy, sell, trade, or breed animals) offers a variety of educational tour programs to enhance your knowledge of exotic and endangered species and encourage responsible pet ownership. (Reservations are required for most visits.) Fridays in July feature food trucks at Black Pine from 5 to 8 PM, no reservations required! A variety of special events are also scheduled.
Animal residents include big and small cats, canines, bears, primates, birds, reptiles, and more.
Take in the murals on the Noble County Mural Trail
Noble County is flooded with over 40 murals scattered throughout the county. Many are found in Ligonier, but you’ll also find them while exploring Kendallville and Albion, too.
New murals are being added in 2022!
Learn about Noble County’s unique assets and rich history through these attractive public art installations. The Noble County Public Art & Mural Trail is fun and free!