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Erie Trail

The Prairie Trails Club is proud to report that on October 22, 2021, we celebrated with our friends the grand opening of a two-mile southeast extension of the Erie Trail.  The event was made possible when in 2019 Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana DNR awarded us a Round 1 Next Level Trails grant to extend the Erie Trail across US Highway 35 southeast to Starke County Road 700 East.  Many thanks to our donors and volunteers without whom the extension would not have happened!

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.