A section of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in LaGrange County is open following repair of a washout
One mile of the trail between County Roads 1000 and 1100 in LaGrange County was closed between May 16 to 18 to repair a culvert under the trail. The repair is complete and the trail is open for use.
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.
Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 16, 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.