May 2, 2019: The Prairie Trails Club Inc. was today
awarded a Next Level Trails Round 1 grant from Gov.
Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources. The grant will allow extension of the Erie
Trail for 2.1 miles from US Highway 35 east to Starke
County 700 E. Please check back for updates.
The Erie Trail is a free access, public greenway in
southern Starke County with more than nine miles of
paved trail eastward from North Judson to US 35 near
Bass Lake. In Monterey to the east in Pulaski County
is a shorter paved trail. The non-motorized route is for
hiking and bicycling. An equestrian trail shares the
corridor from Starke County 100 W to US 35.
On the rail-banked right-of-way of the former Erie
Lackawanna Railroad, the Erie Trail has great views of
the Kankakee sand country. You will see rich Indiana
farmland, as well as natural groves of oak savannah,
wildflowers, prairies and marshlands. The level rail
bed allows easy hiking and cycling.
The Erie Trail is part of the American Discovery Trail
(ADT) that extends from Delaware to California. The
trail is also part of USBR 35 that extends from Ontario
to near New Orleans. Four routes for share-the-road
status and better connectivity to the Erie Trail, the
ADT, and USBR 35 have been approved by the Starke