In May 2019, Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana DNR awarded the Prairie Trails Club Inc. a Next Level Trails Round 1 grant to extend the Erie Trail for 2.1 miles from US 35 east to Starke County 700 E. PTC engaged Troyer Group as its consultant. Territorial Engineering completed surveying for the project in February 2020. Check back for updates on our progress.
The Erie Trail is a non-motorized route extending nine paved miles, within a Starke County public greenway, from North Judson to US 35 near Bass Lake. An equestrian trail borders the paved trail from Starke County 100 W to US 35. To the east in Monterey, Pulaski County, is a shorter paved trail.
Located on the rail-banked right-of-way of the former Erie Lackawanna Railroad, the Erie Trail has great views of the Kankakee River sand country. You will see rich Indiana farmland, and natural groves of oak savannah, wildflowers, prairies and marshlands. The level railbed allows easy hiking and bicycling.
The Erie Trail is part of the American Discovery Trail
from Delaware to California, the Great American Rail-Trail from Washington, DC to Washington State, and USBR 35 from Ontario to New Orleans. The Starke County Commissioners have approved four share-the-road routes for better connectivity to the Erie Trail.