Popular Pumpkinvine Nature Trail expanding again between Goshen, Middlebury

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail has been around long enough that you couldn’t be blamed for thinking it was a finished product.

But anyone who has been on a particular section between Goshen and Middlebury will realize there is a gap. For a relatively short distance, walkers and bicyclists who wish to continue on the trail must traverse County Roads 20, 33 and 35.

A major portion of that gap is being closed, thanks to the work of the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. The group has been working with property owners to acquire the land necessary to build additional trail.

The news was recently announced in the March 2018 issue of Pumpkinvine Trail Talk, the Friends’ newsletter:

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.

The Friends of the Pumpkinvine received title to the trail route from five farm families in June 2017. “Because of wetlands near the proposed trail corridor, a number of agencies had to sign off on the construction plans,” said John Yoder, Friends of the Pumpkinvine president. “Those agencies include the county drainage board, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the Army Corp of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.”

 

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