Trails Gathering


Thursday, September 28, 2023

Optional: Friday, September 29, 2023


Schrock Pavilion at Shanklin Park

411 W. Plymouth Ave., Goshen, IN

Thank you to everyone that attended this year's trails gathering. It sure was a fun one.


Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023

9:15AM – 9:40AM Check in and networking

9:45AM - 10:00 AM Welcome from IPRA, Greenways Foundation, and Friends of Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Group

10:00AM - 11:00 AM Indiana Department of Natural Resources Presentation

11:10AM - 12:00 PM Invasive Species control and maintenance

12:00PM - 12:45 PM Lunch

12:45-1:45 PM Not just surface trails! 15 minutes each plus panel Q & A

Equine Trail Speaker

Mountain Bike Trail Speaker

Paddling/Water Trails Speaker

2:00PM - 2:30PM Monon/Indy Cultural Trail extension/update

2:30PM - 3:20 PM Collaborative Maintenance—strategies for operating a multi-jurisdictional trail network

3:20PM - 4:00 PM Trails Mean Business with Goshen Brewing Company!

4:30 PM – Networking and Fun at Goshen Brewing Company sponsored by the Greenways Foundation

Friday, Sept. 29, 2023

9:00 AM | Ride leaves from Abshire Park in Goshen. The first leg is 9-miles, ending at Das Dutchman Essenhaus (route is 18-miles total).

10:30 AM | Brunch and Program

a. Program: “Lessons Learned from 30-Years of Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Development”

b. Location: Das Dutchman Essenhaus. Those not participating in the morning ride can meet at the restaurant.

11:45 AM | Rides leave from Das Dutchman Essenhaus (multiple routes available)

a. Return to Abshire Park in Goshen (9-miles).

b. Ride with Abshire Park group to the newest/final section of the Pumpkinvine and Mooey’s Ice Cream and turn around (5-6 miles total)

c. Continue to Shipshewana via the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, and back to Abshire Park, Goshen (34-miles total, if beginning at Abshire Park, Goshen. 19-miles if beginning and ending at Das Dutchman Essenhaus).