2019 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride registration is open

Help us celebrate the 20th anniversary ride. Register online.

Pumpkinvine Bike Ride volunteers can sign up online

Each year 100-150 wonderful people volunteer to help with the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride. Our volunteers are actually a highlight for our riders because they are so friendly and helpful. We receive comments praising them from ride  participants.

If you’d like to add your name to our possible volunteer list, go to this webpage to complete a form (one per person). ride.pumpkinvine.org/volunteer. You might not hear back from us right away, but we greatly appreciate your willingness to help out.

Construction of the new Pumpkinvine Trail
is expected to finish by the end of May

Photo of trail construction in the GAPWork on closing the gap in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 33 and County Road 20 began at the end of July, 2018 and the bridge across  the south fork of Pine Creek was finished during the winter by Yoder Construction. Pulver Asphalt and Paving, Albion, Ind. has resumed construction on the remainder of the trail and expects to finish by the end of May.  Read the entire article.

Volunteers plant Northern White Cedar trees

Photo of volunteers planting cedar trees.Five volunteers who are employees at Lippert Components donated their time to plant 27 cedar trees along the trail between County Roads 35 and 37. A few children accompanied their parents and helped with the work. Northern White cedar trees are uncommon in this area but they thrive here. They are evergreen adding attractive color throughout the year. Friends planted cedar trees a short distance east of Middlebury in 2001 before the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail was built. Today the trees are 15 to 20 feet tall and add variety to the natural scenery along the trail.

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.

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

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.

Photo of three women walking across a bridge.

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Pumpkinvine Events

Annual Dinner, April 23, 2019

Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 15, 2019

Pumpkinvine News

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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.

Trail brochure

A Pumpkinvine Nature Trail brochure is available for download.

Corporate sponsors

Enroll your business to become a Pumpkinvine Nature Trail sponsor. For more information download Corporate Sponsor Opportunities: 2019 Levels of giving and Associated Benefits for 2019, in pdf format.

A summary report on the 2017 Indiana Trails Study

A report from the Eppley Institute study is available for download.

 

Platinum Sponsors

 

Bontrager Family Foundation l.ogo

 

 

Coachman logo

 

Corson Family Foundation logo

 

Ron and Lisa Fenech Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lippert logo

 

Clover Machinery Movers

 

Winnebago logo

Gold Sponsor

Michiana Bicycle Association logo

 

 

Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Silver Sponsors

 

Everence logo

 

 

 

 

Legacy Home Furniture logo

 

Bethel University logo

 

E & S Sales logo

 

 

Edward Jones logo

Bronze Sponsors

 

 

Fleis and Vandenbrink logo