Bonneyville Mill County Park


A unique blend of regional history and natural beauty can be found at Bonneyville Mill County Park. 223 acres of gently rolling hills, woodlands, marshes and open meadows form a perfect background for the picturesque Bonneyville Mill. Seven miles of hiking trails meander through the park providing nature enthusiasts a chance to view abundant wildlife and beautiful wilflowers. A six mile designated mountain bike trail provides mountain bikers a thrilling ride through a wooded and rolling terrain.

The little Elkhart River offers anglers small-mouth bass, panfish and stocked rainbow trout throughout the season.

In winter, Bonneyville Mill County Park offers cross-country skiers miles of challenging terrain and beautiful scenery making it one of the most popular cross-country ski areas in the region. The park's two sledding hills will provide hours of winter fun for the whole family.

Numerous picnic tables can be found throughout the park and are available for your use. Picnic shelters providing a perfect place for family gatherings, group activities and company events can be reserved.

Your visit to the park will come to life as you participate in one of the many historical and environmental programs offered by the interpretive staff throughout the year.

Mountain Bike Trail

Bonneyville Mill offers a beautiful, 5.24 mile-long mountain bike trail. The trails feature color codes based on skill level: Green for beginners, Blue for intermediate riders, and Black for experts.

The trailhead is located at the Briar Patch Meadow.


Each shelter at Bonneyville Mill has picnic tables, grills, water and restroom facilities. Playground equipment and horseshoe pits can not be reserved. Shelters not reserved can be used on a first come basis. To reserve a shelter, call the park administration office, (574) 535-6458 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)

Meadow      Capacity - 50     Fee - $60.00
Open-air shelter with beautiful view of surrounding countryside. Large area for recreation. Hiking trails lead through rolling hills, woods and meadows. Close to observation tower and playground.

Lookout      Capacity - 50     Fee - $60.00
Open-air shelter located next to the observation tower. Open area for recreation. Hiking trails lead through rolling hills, woods and meadows. Just a short walk to playground.

Briar Patch      Capacity - 150     Fee - $110.00

Security Deposit - $100.00
Enclosed shelter with picnic tables and electricity. Additional picnic tables and grills are located outside the entrance under a large covered area. Wood burning stove provides warmth during cooler months. Close to hiking trails, playground and sledding hills. Briar Patch is open to the public as a warming house December thru February. Handicap-accessible.

Kum Mol Rie      Capacity - 100     Fee - $85.00
Located at the north end of the park off State Road 120. Shelter located near levee trail which winds along river to the mill. Open area for recreation with horseshoe pits nearby.

Valley Line      Capacity - 50     Fee - None
Located on hill overlooking the mill valley. Shelter provides a quiet setting with views of Bonneyville Mill and the Valley Line pond. Shelter is non-reservable and can be used on a first come basis.

Feedlot      Capacity - 150     Fee - $135.00 with electricity
Covered shelter located in the heart of the Mill Valley across from Bonneyville Mill. Close to The Barn Gift Shop, hiking trails, canal and river. Open areas for recreation.

Baldwin One Room School      Capacity - 30     Fee - $125.00 Security Deposit - $100.00
Located in the mill valley, The Baldwin One Room School is a reconstructed turn-of-the century school house. The Elkhart County Park Foundation Community Room in the basement of the school is reservable. Facility includes a small kitchen, restrooms, tables and chairs and a wood-burning fireplace.

Payment Methods

Payment for program fees, shelter reservations or Ox Bow Park season passes can be made by cash, check or credit card. Payments by cash or check can be made in person at the Elkhart County Parks Administration office, 211 W. Lincoln Ave, Goshen Indiana. Payment by credit card can be made in person or by phone at

574-535-6458. If paying by credit card a convenience fee of $1.00 or

3%, which ever is greater, will be applied.


Park Rules

In an effort to protect the beauty of the parks and to provide visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience, certain activities are prohibited. For a list of prohibited park activities please read our park rules (pdf).


53373 County Road 131, Bristol, IN 46507
Located 2.5 miles southeast of Bristol, IN on County Road 131, south of State Road 120.

Park Hours
January, February, November, December 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
March, October

9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

April, September 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
May, June, July, August 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Park hours subject to change without notice.  

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Other Parks:
Ox Bow Park

Cobus Creek          
River Preserve
Boot Lake Nature Preserve

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

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Elkhart County Parks and Recreation
211 W. Lincoln Ave.
Goshen, IN 46526-3280

Phone 574-535-6458   TDD 574-535-6420