April 8, 2017 is Opening Day for trails nationwide

This year marks the Rails-To-TrailsOpening Day image from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Conservancy’s fifth annual Opening Day for Trails! On Saturday, April 8, 2017, people across the nation will kick off the spring trail season by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, ride or special event. Here are a few of the possibility on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, but you might also create an event with family and friends. The point is to get out on a trail and kick off the trail riding-and-walking season. All events are free.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.     Bike Checks
Chain Reaction Bicycle Project will be at Abshire Park in Goshen to help make sure your bike is ready for the season. CRBP is a non-profit bicycle shop promoting bicycling in the Goshen community and increasing access to bicycles and repairs for people with low income and on work release.

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     3.5-mile Group Fitness Walk (round-trip)
Get your heart rate up and meet other walkers on this brisk walk between Abshire Park and County Road 28. The group will be led by Vivian Schmucker, local marathon walker. Meet at Abshire Park in Goshen.

2:15 p.m.     10-mile Group Bike and Dine (one-way, Goshen to Middlebury)
Join other cyclists on a ride to 41 Degrees North Restaurant and Bar in Middlebury. The ride is mostly on trail but does include 1.5 miles on county roads where the Pumpkinvine is not yet connected, as well as some local roads in Middlebury. Andrea Milne, local biking and walking advocate, will lead the group. Meet at Abshire Park in Goshen. Enjoy food and drinks with friends at the restaurant, and then meet up with Middlebury-to-Goshen riders at 4:30 p.m.

3* – 4:30 p.m.     Wildflower Hike
Join John Smith, local amateur naturalist and native plant enthusiast, on a search for the first blooming native wildflowers of spring. The hike will begin at 3 p.m. at the intersection of the trail with County Road 33 and will explore the natural hardwood forest between trail mile markers 4.0 and 5.0. There are no parking spots at the County Road 33 trailhead. Two suggested ways to arrive include: 

  • Meet at 2:15 p.m. at Abshire Park in Goshen for a 5-mile group bike ride to the site. 
  • Meet at 2:45 p.m. at the County Road 35 parking lot on the Pumpkinvine Trail to carpool.

4:30 p.m.     12-mile Group Bike and Dine (one-way, Middlebury to Goshen)
Join other cyclists on a ride to Goshen Brewing Company. The ride is mostly on trail, but does include 1.5 miles on county roads where the Pumpkinvine is not yet connected, as well as some local roads in Goshen. Spencer and Brittany Short, owners of Pumpkinvine Cyclery, will lead the group. Meet at Pumpkinvine Cyclery, 413 N Main St, Middlebury. Enjoy food and drinks with friends at the restaurant.

Share how you plan to celebrate and explore trails on Opening Day with us on social media using #RTCOpeningDay!

For more information about Opening Day for Trails, visit http://www.railstotrails.org/opening-day-for-trails/

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Pumpkinvine Events

Opening Day, April 8, 2017 (See below on this page.)

Friends of the Pumpkinvine Annual Dinner, April 25, 2017

Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 17, 2017

Kroger Rewards

Kroger shoppers can support Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail through the Kroger Community Rewards Program. 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: 2017 Levels of giving and Associated Benefits for 2017, in pdf format.

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Friends of the Pumpkinvine Annual Dinner

The Spohn Ballroom
109 East Clinton St., Goshen, IN

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Register online
(Registration deadline: April 14)

We're pleased to invite you to the 16th Annual Friends of the Pumpkinvine dinner -- an opportunity to meet other trail supporters, celebrate the progress on the trail in the past year and learn about plans for the next year. After dinner, Friends President, John Yoder will report on the exciting progress that has been made "closing the gaps" in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and what to expect along those lines in 2017.

The dinner will be catered by Elegance in Thyme & Nelson's. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing trail-related exhibits and talking with other trail supporters. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm., and dress is casual.

 Door prizes include gift certificates and other items donated by local bike shops and a Verve Trek hybrid bicycle donated by Elkhart Bicycle Shop.Picture of the Trek Verve bicycle The Verve is an easy-riding hybrid bike and is available in men’s or women’s models. Key features are a comfortable ride on the pavement or path, a light and strong frame, hybrid wheels that are smooth and fast and a limited life-time warranty backed by Trek.

Parking is available in several locations near the Spohn Ballroom. See a map with parking locations here.

Please join us for this important event. Invite family members, friends, neighbors and any others who would be interested in learning more about the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. The cost per person, including tax and gratuity, is $30.
All registration will be done online. During registration, you can pick your table location. If you would like to sit with friends, have them reserve seats at your table. It is easiest to accomplish that by registering together at the same time.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please consider sending a tax-deductible donation in your place. For questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at brittany@pumpkinvinecyclery.com or call 574-849-5825.



Platinum Sponsors


Fenech Foundation logo


Corson Family Foundation logo

Gold Sponsors






Michiana Bicycle Association logo



Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau




Silver Sponsors






Raymond James logo



E & S Sales logo

Smoker Craft logo

Alkuminum Trailer Company logo


Bronze Sponsors

Jayco logo







Jones, Petrie and Rafinski