Eppley Study compares Pumpkinvine to other Indiana trails

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Last summer the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University’s School of Public Health conducted a survey on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail to collect data on trail usage, health factors relating to trail usage and the economic impact the trail has on surrounding communities. The Pumpkinvine was one of eight trail systems in Indiana that participated in …

Trail construction on CR 33 to CR 20 is underway

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

The 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 …

Midsummer Progress Report

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So what have I been up to this summer? I’ve been working on creating a management plan to help improve the quality of the nature bordering the trail. This entails sitting on my computer for hours creating maps of the different regions along the trail that have the best chance of not being overrun by invasive species (specifically -1, 4.5, …

2018 Annual Friends of the Pumpkinivine dinner

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

On April 24, we had our 17th annual Friends of the Pumpkinvine dinner at the Crystal Ballroom of the Lerner Theater in downtown Elkhart. It was the first time we had the dinner in Elkhart. Previously, we had rotated the dinners between Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. Around 280 attended the dinner — about what we’ve had in previous years. I …

The floods of February 2018 and the Pumpkinvine

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Elkhart County experience record floods from the Elkhart River and other bodies of water in February, but the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail excaped major damage. Between County Road 35 and County Road 37 there is a low spot that was covered for a distance of over 150 feet, but in a few days, that water receded. That’s at least the second …

A printed newsletter

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Every time a new physically printed Friends of the Pumpkinvine newsletter comes out, I ask myself if printing a hard copy of a newsletter is still a good idea? It is expensive to design, print and mail, and I see that other trail groups send out electronic newsletters. I know of only one other trail in Indiana that prints a …

Soft trail section

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

From January to April, the crushed-limestone section of the PV from SR 4 to CR 28 is soft and as a result, becomes quite rutted from the bikes that ride the trail. Riding on it when it is this moist put a coat of dust on your bike frame, chain, derailleur, wheels, and usually your legs as well. And the …

Poets on the Pumpkinvine

ebeck Pumpkinvine News

We are pleased to announce the three winners of the first annual Pumpkinvine Poetry Contest, which concluded January 31, 2018 First prize: Four tickets for the annual dinner or Pumpkinvine Bike Ride. Awe By Matthew Lind Each day it waits, patiently. I know it’s there And even that Fills me with anticipation. It is a place where freedom lies And …

Quaker Trace Trail

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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 …

On which side of the trail should walkers be?

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Occasionally I have a discussion with walkers about which side of the trail they should be on Should they be on the right with the bikers or on the left facing oncoming bikers? As children, we learned that when we walk on a road, we should walk toward traffic to make sure cars are not driving over the edge of the road …

Pumpkinvine one of Indiana’s longer trails

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

I’m always surprised at how many people travel from a distance to ride the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. They come from Detroit, Indianapolis and Chicago and all points between. Then the other day I was looking up something about the B&O Trail west of Indianapolis on www.traillink.com, the website where the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has a listing of all U.S. trails. I …

2017 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride photograph

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

For the past 16 years, I’ve taken photographs of the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, rather than riding in it. (I did ride the first two years.)  We use these photographs in our August Friends of the Pumpkinvine newsletter, in the bike-ride brochure for the next year, on our website, blog and membership brochure. We also frequently get requests for trail photos from …