The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is the backbone of Elkhart County's trail system. Along with the Maple Heart Trail, and the Maple City Greenway, the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail connects the cities of Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. The total distance from Elkhart to Shipshewana is 25 miles. Two sections totaling 2.25 miles, shown in brown on the map, are on county roads, although construction on the section from CR 33 to CR 20 will begin Spring 2018. The trail surface is asphalt, except for 1.7 miles from State Road 4 to County Road (CR) 28 northeast of Goshen where the packed limestone surface is accessible and suitable for narrow-tired bicycles. The trails are managed by Elkhart County Parks, Goshen Parks and Recreation, Middlebury Parks and Recreation and the Town of Shipshewana. The trail system passes through urban areas, small towns and agricultural communities. The countryside along the trails includes the third largest Amish community in the United States.
Photo Courtesy of Gloria Salavarria
Ridge Run Trail
New to Middlebury in 2017, this connector trail makes a 5k loop via the Pumpkinvine and Wayne Avenue trail systems. The Ridge Run meanders through the Das Dutchman Essenhaus campus, by the Pretty Place and through some wooded area. This trail is paved and perfect for runners, walkers and cyclists.
Bonneyville Mill Mountain Bike Trail
Approximately 6 miles long, this trail runs through the rolling hills of Bonneyville Mill county park. It has varied terrain though pines, woodlands, and open meadows and is fast flowy; perfect for beginner/intermediate riders.
There are two entrance points, one near the School House and one near Briar Patch shelter. The best starting point for riders new to mountain biking is at the Briar Patch. The School House start begins with significant climbs.
The trails are color coded for skill level: Green indicates easiest, Blue is more difficult and Black is expert.