Construction on CR 33 to CR 20 to begin this spring

The long-anticipated construction of a one-mile extension to the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 33 and County Road 20 is scheduled to begin this spring. Friends transferred ownership of the construction corridor to Elkhart County Parks at the May meeting of the park board. The exact date for the start of construction will be decided by the contractor and the engineering consultants. Read the entire article.

Soil erosion on the Pumpkinvine requires immediate repairs

Soil erosion around a culvert about 1500 feet east on County Road 1100 in LaGrange County required prompt repair to avoid collapse of the asphalt trail surface. Read the entire article.


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


2018 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride registration is open

Early registration for the bike ride ended on May 16. Registration continues to be available at a higher fee through ride day on June 16. Visit ride.pumpkinvine.org for information about the ride and for a link to the ride registration site.

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.

 

Photo of three women walking across a bridge.

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Pumpkinvine Events

Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 16, 2018

Maple City Walk, Sept. 15, 2018

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Pumpkinvine Trail map

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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: 2018 Levels of giving and Associated Benefits for 2018, in pdf format.

 
 
 
 

 

 

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