Friends' Annual Dinner scheduled for April 24th

Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail are pleased to invite you to the 17th Annual Dinner. The dinner will be at the Crystal Ballroon at the Lerner Theater on Main St. in Elkhart. IN. Friends President, John Yoder, will tell us about the progress in closing the "Gaps" between County Roads 33 and 35 and also from County Road 850 into Shipshewana. Registration is online.

Wildflower Bike Ride and/or Hike on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail replaces most of an abandoned railroad from Goshen to Shipshewana, about 16 miles. The section of the trail around mile 4.5 has a nice wildflower display from mid-April to mid-May. On April 21, 2017 there were about 15 species blooming, but Spring 2018 may be different. John J. Smith, a member of INPAWS and the Friends of the Pumpkinvine, will lead the hike. There are two options for this event -- a 10-mile round-trip bike ride or a one-mile round-trip hike. Read the entire article.

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. The exact date is uncertain because trail consultants and Elkhart County Parks, the agency that will oversee construction of the trail, are waiting on a permit from the Army Corp of Engineers related to wetlands in the construction area. 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 ends on May 16. Visit 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

Wildflower Bike and/or Hike, April 21, 2018

Pumpkinvine Annual Dinner, April 24, 2018

Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 16, 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

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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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