Autumn

One of the best times to experience the Heritage Trail is when the leaves begin to turn. Gold. Red. Orange. Brilliant warm colors to balance the new chill in the air. Clusters of trees sporting blazing fall hues form a vibrant backdrop for the barn-red Bonneyville Mill, Indiana’s oldest continuously operating gristmill. For a colorful walk, follow the nearby trails that meander along the little Elkhart river wetlands at this 233-acre park.

Looking for more color? Take a leisurely walk along the tree-lined towpath beside the millrace canal of the Elkhart River in Goshen. Goshen is known as the “Maple City” so color viewers are richly rewarded with flaming shades of red and orange each autumn. If you’re there on a Saturday morning, check-out the Goshen Farmer’s Market featuring a bounty of locally grown fruits and vegetables located between downtown Goshen and the Millrace Trail at the old Millrace Center. The aroma from Anna’s Bread is sure to entice you for a fresh chocolate croissant or banquette.

Pumpkins and apples seem to be everywhere – decorating homes and main streets as well as flavoring pies and other fresh-from-the-oven baked goods. Speaking of apples. We’ve got the largest apple pie in the world to help satisfy fall cravings! Weighing in at 600 pounds, this pie is an annual tradition at the Nappanee Apple Festival. The three-day festival also features an incredible assortment of apple goodies, pie-eating contents, live music and fun and games for the whole family.

There is no shortage of fall-time family fun from September through October at area pumpkin patches, apple orchards and harvest festivals. Jump on a fun and relaxing hayride through the orchard at Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard to pick a bushel of apples or a pumpkin. Start your holiday shopping a bit early among the artisans at the Middlebury Fall Festival. Sample the harvest and some local wine at Fruit Hills Winery & Orchard. Learn how to press cider or make apple butter at Amish Acres Fall Harvest Days. Or get your fill of polka, beer and bratwurst at a traditional Oktoberfest.

One thing you can’t miss is the Great Pumpkin Tree in Wakaursa. Standing 17 feet tall, the tree is made with over 200 pumpkins! It’s also the centerpiece of the Wakarusa Harvest Halloween Party, which promises spooktacular fun for all ages. Enjoy a hayride, a costume contest and special fall savings throughout the downtown. More area events

Fall along the Heritage Trail