Fall Color along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail


The fall color in Northern Indiana’s Amish Country is incredibly beautiful … and there isn’t a better way to get out and see it first hand than walk along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.  My husband and I are not bike riders, but the trail is perfect for walking too!

Each fall, we trek out for the 13 or so miles at least three times.  (You can easily do less, or more, if you choose – visit PumpkinVine.org for a map.) The past couple of years, we’ve walked the Maple City Greenway portion which starts in downtown Goshen, but this fall we decided to adventure along the Middlebury to Shipshewana portion for a change of scenery.


It’s very simple to enjoy the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from Middlebury to Shipshewana. You can park your car at the Middlebury Town Hall, just north of Dairy Queen (the trail head) on SR 13.  If you’d like to add a little length to your journey, you can park at Krider Gardens, located on Bristol Ave. County Road 8 – two blocks west of Main St. in Middlebury, and follow the signage and map to Dairy Queen (map available for download at PumpkinVine.org).

We started our walk at the Middlebury Town Hall around 11am on a beautiful, sunny, fall Sunday. Along our walk, we saw several Amish families attending church, a lot of buggies, beautiful fall foliage (a large portion of the trail in this section is canopied by trees) and even camels!

If you’re looking get some fresh air while enjoying the fall color and seeing the Amish lifestyle, the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is a must-do!



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