Black-Eyed Susan along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Black-Eyed Susan along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Become an active trail supporter

Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc. purchased the Pumpkinvine railroad corridor in 1993 and are donating the land to local park departments when design and engineering are ready for trail construction. You can see on this website that two sections of trail are already open for public use and another section south of Middlebury will be ready in autumn 2010. Trail construction will start between Middlebury and Shipshewana in autumn 2010 and the new trail is expected to be complete by summer 2011.

While Friends were working on their vision of building the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Goshen Parks was building the Maple City Greenway and Elkhart County built the MapleHeart Trail. These projects will connect Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana with about 26 miles of trail within a couple years, greatly exceeding Friends original dreams in 1993.

These accomplishments do not finish Friends’ work. We are currently engaged in the following activities:
  •  We organize volunteers to assist with trail monitoring and maintenance.
  • We are engaged in a lawsuit to prove we own a small section of the undeveloped corridor.
  • We share the costs of fencing 50/50 with neighbors.
  • We need to buy several hundred feet of land to complete a section of the corridor with a blind end.
  • We distribute brochures and maintain this website to inform the public about our trails.
  • We assist with preparation of grant applications for construction of unfunded sections of trail.
Trails are a wonderful asset to our community. They do not happen without public support. Your donations help us complete and maintain them.

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To donate securely online using your PayPal account or credit card, click this link.

Snail mail to:
Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc.
P.O. Box 392
Goshen, IN 46527

Thank you!