Recreation along the Heritage Trail
Take your pick from our assortment of year-round recreation. Bicycling along one of our back-road routes. Playing billiards. Birdwatching. Bowling a strike. Canoeing on the St. Joseph River. Cross-country skiing. Fishing for Walleye or Large-mouth Bass. Golfing. Hiking. Ice skating by the riverside. Jogging. Kayaking. Picnicking by a century-old working Mill. Roller-skating. Swimming. Walking in the park. Whether you’re trying something new or a seasoned pro, you’ll have lots to keep you active along the Heritage Trail. Public Boat Launch Sites in Elkhart County
Trail connections: Start with the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, connecting Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana through rolling farmland and Hoosier woodlands, but don’t let that stop you. Explore other trails, spurs and even country roads taking you to river trails and wetlands, a restored raceway and stately homes. Download the Elkhart County Biking and Walking Guide.
Explore some more: Parks are perfect respites to a trail adventure. Ox Bow County Park is right off the MapleHeart Trail with woods and prairie nestling together, all viewable from its observation tower. Bonneyville Mill County Park near Bristol lays astride the Quaker Trace trail. Take a step back in time at its historic grist mill and dial in more adventure on the mountain-bike trail. Krider World’s Fair Garden is perfectly situated for a break on a Pumpkinvine trail ride. Nappanee’s extensive park system includes McCormick Creek Golf Course, plus facilities for most every other sport.
Love the water? There’s more than one way to enjoy the Heritage Trail’s scenic beauty. Float down a river in tune with nature — sandhill cranes, river otters, blue heron and turtles. Check out Fluid Fun Canoe & Kayak Sales to try out some new equipment. Launch from near Fluid Fun to explore the St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers as well as other lakes and smaller streams with public access sites. Rather go fishing? Trout fishing opportunities abound on the Little Elkhart River near Middlebury and into LaGrange County as well as Cobus Creek County Park northwest of Elkhart.
Looking to plan a weekend of outdoor fun? Check out our Outdoor Experiences Itinerary
Take a trip down the Elkhart River with Marshall King.