Trail construction on CR 33 to CR 20 is underway
The long awaited, much anticipated construction that will close the gap in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 20 and County Road 33 has started. All the permits from the relevant environmental agencies have been obtained and the contract for construction has been signed with the Pulver Asphalt Paving Inc., Albion, Ind., the same company that built the last section of the Pumpkinvine between County Road 35 and County Road 37. Read the entire article.
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail now in Street View in Google Maps
In 2016, the Goshen Park Department used the Goggle Trekker to map the major trails in Goshen, including all of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. The results are available for use in Google Maps. Google Trekker allows you to see any part of the trail you choose. You can move the "trail view" along the trail by manipulating an arrow. Follow these steps to see any portion of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.
A Summary Report on the 2017 Indiana Trails Study is available
Eight Indiana trails were studied by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University. The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail was a participant. Volunteers stationed along the trail asked trail users to answer a questionnaire, counters recorded the number of trail users as they passed and trail neighbors were sent questionnaires inquiring about their experiences and opinions living near a public trail. The summary report is available for download.
Amish Directory now includes the Pumpkinvine
Recently I purchased a copy of the Indiana Amish Directory 2017: Elkhart, LaGrange, and Noble Counties, a 1090-page volume edited by Joas and Freda Miller from Middlebury, Ind. In the forward, the editors say: “Our goal for the Directory is to make it a reliable source of birth, marriage, and death date information. Also we try to provide accurate addresses, church district maps, and locations of Amish homes, schools, and cemeteries.” Read entire article
The Quaker Trace Trail seeks letters of support
Friends of the Quaker Trace Trail are asking for demonstrations of public support. The Quaker Trace Trail is envisioned as a multi-use trail connecting Elkhart, Bristol and Middlebury running primarily along County Road 8. More information about their appeal for support can be found here. Follow this link for detailed information about their project.
Biking and Walking in Elkhart County
Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau created a booklet with maps, photos and descriptions of eleven walking and bicycling trails. The booklet has urban trails such as the Elkhart River Walk Trail as well as longer ones such as the MapleHeart Trail and the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. The West County Tour lays out a 33-mile route on county roads and explores the country towns Wakarusa and Nappanee. The Goshen-Bonneyville Link, 12-miles one way, uses the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and county roads to reach the Bonney Mill County Park. The the entire booklet titled Biking and Walking in Elkhart County is available for download in pdf format.
Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 15, 2019
Maple City Walk, Sept. 15, 2018
Pumpkinvine Trail map
Download a Pumpkinvine Trail map in pdf format.
Kroger & AmazonSmile Rewards
Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail are registered to receive rewards through the Kroger Community Rewards Program and AmazonSmile. If you want to help step by step instructions are available here.
A Pumpkinvine Nature Trail brochure is available for download.
Enroll your business to become a Pumpkinvine Nature Trail sponsor. For more information download Corporate Sponsor Opportunities: 2018 Levels of giving and Associated Benefits for 2018, in pdf format.