Discover The Dowagiac Walking Challenge!

Who wants to spend the summer indoors and looking at screens, especially when you're surrounded by such wonderful natural beauty? 

The City of Dowagiac and the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce have partnered to create the Dowagiac Walking Challenge!

Connect with your community in a more meaningful way by completing this free challenge, which includes walking the 9 designated routes below between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2024. That's 14 weeks — about one walk every week-and-a-half. 

Each time you finish a walk, post the activity on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DowagiacChallenge with a photo of the walker(s) at the location. Once you complete the free registration here, you'll also receive information on how to participate if you're not on those social media platforms. 

Complete all 9 activities, and if you've registered, you'll receive the Dowagiac Walking Challenge official patch! Click here to register for free — you'll receive detailed information on the designated walks in the challenge and information on how to receive your free patch on completion. Enjoy your summer taking in our area's natural beauty. Maybe you'll find a new favorite walk!

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Designated walks (register for detailed information)

• DOWAGIAC WOODS NATURE SANCTUARY 1.5-mile loop

• DOWNTOWN SCULPTURE TOUR 2-mile loop 

• RIVERSIDE CEMETERY 1.5-mile loop

• RUDOLPHI WILDLIFE REFUGE 1.1-mile loop

• SMC CAMPUS 1.5-mile exploration of campus

• RUDOLPHI WOODS 3.9-mile walk

• MANSION WALK 1.5 miles - Gardner Mansion to Lee Mansion and back

• RUSSOM PARK TO DOWAGIAC AIRPORT 2 miles out and back

• WIND SONGS SCULPTURE AT MIDDLE SCHOOL TO BURLING PARK 2 miles out and back