There is just something about the unhurried feel of Elkhart County’s wide open spaces. May is National Bike Month and with a long weekend and warmer weather ahead, it’s time to bust out the bike on these great trails in #INElkhartCo.
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is one of the best rails-to-trails routes in Indiana and it’s got everything - rolling woodlands, prairies bursting with wildflowers in season, marshes teeming with wildlife. Oh, don’t forget to grab a piece of pie or a tasty craft brew (if you’re of age). Both can be found just off the trail. Be sure to call ahead to see if they are offering dine-in or carry-out. Carry-out is a great option for outdoor picnics in nearby parks.
River Greenway Trail
Start in the heart of downtown Elkhart and end in a lush river greenscape along the banks of the Elkhart River. Can you believe the quiet solitude of the river and the downtown coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries are literally miles apart? Just be sure to follow the CDC and state safety guidelines for social distancing, wearing a mask, and hand sanitizing and call ahead for hours.
With 30 miles of interconnected trail, Goshen delivers plenty of sights for bicyclists. Explore the neighborhoods lining the Millrace Canal Trail, stop for a break at the Goshen Dam Pond or hike around the urban forest nearby, and make your way back downtown through a trail that snakes through Goshen College. Quench your thirst with a frosty soda, craft brew or cocktail at Goshen’s unbelievable array or restaurants.
Ridge Run Trail
It’s a spur off the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. Access it near the U.S. 20 underpass, but what treasures await at the end. Explore the large campus at Das Dutchman Essenhaus which features Indiana’s largest restaurant with plenty of space to dine-in or grab a bite to go and enjoy their outdoor spaces including a nearly 3,000-square-foot Quilt Garden!