The new section of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
is open for public use
The new section of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail opened for public use on June 15, in time for the 2019 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride. Work on closing the gap in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 33 and County Road 20 began at the end of July, 2018. A pedestrian bridge across the trail is being installed by Custom Manufacturing and is expected to be finished by July 9. Fences will be installed where needed yet this summer along with planting of bushes for visual screening. These activities are not expected to require closing of the trail.
2019 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride Photos
Volunteers plant Northern White 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.
Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 20, 2020
Maple City Walk, Sept. 21, 2019
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: 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.