Save the Date! July 20, 2019. Explore the water trails at the 4th annual Pedal, Paddle, and Play in partnership with the Three Rivers Festival!

Land Trails

Many communities in Northeast Indiana have land trail networks established or in development. Land trails provide recreational and transportation opportunities, including immersing trail users in the natural environment, many times along waterways, where they can enjoy peace of the surrounding nature and wildlife viewing. Land trails also connect people to destinations like parks, schools, shopping, entertainment, waterways, work places, etc.  As land trail systems continue to develop in Northeastern Indiana, many of these systems will connect with local waterways, giving trail users opportunities to re-connect with rivers, lakes and streams. Land trails can help protect valuable habitat and conserve land along our waterways, as well as provide access to waterways. Through this access to rivers, lakes and streams, trail users will appreciate our waterways more; will want to protect waterways; and will want to explore waterways through an interconnected network of  trails. The Northeast Indiana Water Trails Initiative advocates for providing more access to recreational opportunities along our waterways.  The connectivity between land trails and water trails is just one of many prospects for increasing outdoor recreation and connecting people back to nature. 

Allen County - Rivergreenway
  • 25 mile long linear park in Fort Wayne and New Haven, Indiana
  • The trail is along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee Rivers
  • Owned and managed by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, the City of Fort Wayne Public Works Department, and the New Haven/Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department
  • Rivergreenway has been funded by the State of Indiana and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Ideal for activities such as bicycling, hiking, nature study, jogging, rollerblading or just a leisurely walk
  • The Rivergreenway offers natural vistas and scenic overlooks within an urban environment
  • Rivergreenway is open from 6 am – 11 pm daily for your enjoyment
  • Rivergreenway provides access to the Towpath, Aboite Trails, and very soon the Pufferbelly Trail
  • Asphalt Trails
  • 2 miles of Asphalt trails in from Leo-Cedarville to Grabill, IN
    • Located by the St. Joseph River in Leo-Cedarville

More information: http://www.fortwayneparks.org/rivergreenway

Lagrange County – Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
  • 3.54 miles from Shipshewana west to Elkhart County
  • Trail Distance 25 miles
  • Biking, walking, roller blading
  • Elkhart, Goshen, Middelbury and Shipshewana are connected by three trails
  • MapleHeart Trail, Wilden Avenue Trail and Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
  • Surface is asphalt
  • Managed by Friends of Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
  • Crossing the Little Elkart River

More information: http://pumpkinvine.org

Lagrange County – Pigeon River – Pine Knob Park
  • Land trail distance: .40 miles
  • Pine Knob Park
  • Limestone / Boardwalk
  • Hiking / Walking
  • LaGrange County Park and Recreation Department
  • 229 acres of oak, pines, soft maples, prairie oak savanna, fen, and Meteer Lake
  • Amenities: picnic, Hiking, wetlands
  • Local water trail: Pigeon River

More information: http://www.lagrangecountyparks.org/index.php/parks/pineknob

LaGrange County – Fawn River – Fawn River Nature Preserve Trail
  • Land trail distance: 1.5 miles
  • 135.2 acres
  • The centerpiece of the preserve is the Fawn River

More information: https://acreslandtrust.org/preserve/fawn-river-nature-preserve/

LaGrange County – North Branch Little Elkhart River – Delta Church Park Trail
  • Bordered by the Little Elkhart River
  • 119 acres
  • Amenities: playground, picnic, hiking, wetlands, grassy area, disc golf
  • Distance: 1.98 miles
  • Trail is crushed stone
  • Managed by LaGrange County Park and Recreation Department

More information: http://www.lagrangecountyparks.org/index.php/parks/delt-church

LaGrange County – East Fly Creek – Maplewood Nature Center Trails
  • Natural surface
  • Managed by LaGrange County Park and Recreation Department
  • Distance: 1.39 Miles of trails
  • Amenities: picnic, hiking, wetlands, interpretive center

More details: http://www.lagrangecountyparks.org/index.php/parks/maple-wood

Stueben County – Snow Lake, Big Otter Lake, Little Otter Lake, Lake James – Pokagon State Park
  • All-purpose trail
  • Boat Rental

More details: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2973.htm

Stueben County – Little Otter Lake – ACRES Beechwood Nature Preserve Trails
  • Natural / boardwalk trails

More details: www.Acreslandtrust.org

Stueben County – Hamilton Lake & Ball Lake & Hiram Sweet Ditch – Fish Creek Trail
  • Gravel trail
  • Managing Agency Hamilton Park Board
DeKalb County – Cedar Creek – Eckhart Park Trail
  • Asphalt trail
  • Managing Agency Auburn Parks Department

More information: http://www.ci.auburn.in.us/departments/parks-recreation/

DeKalb County – Cedar Creek – ACRES Covell Nature Preserve
  • Natural surface trail

More information: www.acreslandtrust.org

DeKalb County – St. Joseph River – St. Joseph River Greenway
  • Asphalt / concrete trail

More information: http://www.sjcparks.org/

Noble County – Bixlar Lake – Bixlar Lake Park Trail
  • Asphalt

More information: http://www.kendallville-in.org/departments/park/

Noble County – Sylvan Lake – Gene Stratton Porter State Historic Site
  • Natural trails

More information: http://www.genestratton-porter.com/

Noble County – Norman Lake, Miller Lake, Rivir Lake, Mud Lake, Weber Lake, Long lake, Sucker Lake - Chain O Lakes State Park
  • Asphalt, limestone, concrete trail

More information: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2987.htm

Whitley County – Blue River – Blue River Trail (Morsches park to Whitley street)
  • Asphalt

More information: http://columbiacity.net/columbia-city-park-and-recreations/

Whitley County – Crooked Lake – Crooked Lake Nature Preserve
  • Natural trail

More information: https://www.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/

Huntington County – Salomonie Lake – Bloodroot Trail
  • Natural

More information: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2952.htm

Wells County – Wabash River – ACRES Along the Wabash Trail
  • Natural trail

More information: www.acreslandtrust.org

Wells County – Wabash River – River Greenway Trail Corridor
  • Asphalt

More information: http://blufftonindiana.net/parks-department/

Wells County – Wabash River – Oubache Bike Trail

More information: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2975.htm

Adams County – St. Marys River – Rivergreenway Kekionga Pathway

More information: https://decaturadamsparks.recdesk.com/Community/Page?pageId=17637