If you ride or walk the Erie Trail during the coronavirus pandemic, please comply with the social distancing protocols set by Gov. Eric Holcomb. Be safe and be respectful of the safety of others.
In May 2019, the Indiana DNR awarded the Prairie Trails Club a Round 1 Next Level Trails grant to extend the Erie Trail 2.1 miles from US 35 east to Starke County Road 700 E. The PTC engaged the Troyer Group as consultant, and Territorial Engineering completed surveying for the project in February 2020. Please check back to monitor 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, as well as 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 near New Orleans. The Starke County Commissioners have approved four share-the-road routes for better connectivity to the Erie Trail.