Trail construction on CR 33 to CR 20 is underway

Photo of trail construction in the GAPThe long awaited, much anticipated construction that will close the gap in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 20 and County Road 33 has started. All the permits from the relevant environmental agencies have been obtained and the contract for construction has been signed with the Pulver Asphalt Paving Inc., Albion, Ind., the same company that built the last section of the Pumpkinvine between County Road 35 and County Road 37.  Read the entire article.

Biking provides a chance to enjoy nature

Read Rachel Shenk's recent article published in Goshen News about her experience bicycling on the Pumpkinvine Nature 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.

A Summary Report on the 2017 Indiana Trails Study is available

Eight Indiana trails were studied by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University. The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail was a participant. Volunteers stationed along the trail asked trail users to answer a questionnaire, counters recorded the number of trail users as they passed and trail neighbors were sent questionnaires inquiring about their experiences and opinions living near a public trail. The summary report is available for download.

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

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 15, 2019

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.

 

Platinum Sponsors

 

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Corson Family Foundation logo

 

Ron and Lisa Fenech Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winnebago logo

Gold Sponsor

Michiana Bicycle Association logo

 

 

Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Silver Sponsors

 

E & S Sales logo

 

Legacy Home Furniture logo

 

 

 

Aluminum Trailer Company logo

Bronze Sponsors

 

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