The following is reprinted with permission from the August 2019 issue of the Pumpkinvine Trail Talk newsletter.
After significant delays in construction due to an unusually rainy spring, the new section of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 33 and County Road 20 finally opened for riding on June 15, the day of the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride.
“Pulver Construction worked till 8 p.m. on June 14 to finish putting a coat of asphalt on top of the base coat of asphalt to meet the promised deadline of being done in time for the bike ride,” said Bernie Cunningham of Elkhart County Parks.
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Riders who used the new section were pleased with the results, which goes east on the old Pumpkinvine railroad corridor for a third of a mile before turning north through open pasture along the south fork of Pine Creek, then turns east to parallel County Road 20 for a half mile.
One benefit of the new route is that it eliminates major hills on County Road 33 and County Road 20.