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
Rural Bike Rides: Head off in any direction on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between Goshen and Shipshewana and you’ll come across – yes, other bikers, joggers and walkers – but likely Amish families. The rolling farmland and woodlands of this 14-mile trail show off nature at its finest but also give you quick and easy access to the thriving downtowns of Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. Rural vistas, juicy burgers, sweet treats and craft beer are only a few pedal strokes away!
City Biking: Tour energized neighborhoods and catch a glimpse of urban factories converted into thriving shops and apartments or just restored to its humming heyday. Urban trails such as the MapleHeart, the Millrace Canal and the Ridge Run offer a fascinating glimpse of trendy city life. Follow the waterways that powered the birth of these cities, or wind your way along new corridors carved into the urban landscape.
River Adventures: See a whole new side of Elkhart County from a kayak or canoe. Locals love to paddle the stretch of the Elkhart River between Elkhart and Goshen, where the waterway alternates between rural tranquility and the excitement of friendly hellos from the riverbank. Paddle the Millrace Canal in Goshen and you might come across an outdoor concert, join in on the “full moon float” or portage over to Goshen Brewing Co. for a beer.
Aqua Bound Canoe & Kayak Rental 574.295.5055 (Advanced reservations required)
New Beginnings Canoe & Kayak 574.214.5179
If traveling with your own gear, you can park and launch at Congdon & Hermance Parks
(Bristol) or the Six Span Bridge (CR 17, Elkhart).
Looking to plan a weekend of outdoor fun? Check out our Outdoor Experiences Itinerary
Looking for a great picnic spot? Check out our Unforgettable picnic spots in Elkhart County
Take a trip down the Elkhart River with Marshall King.