Elkhart River Greenway Trail

river trail viewThe Elkhart Environmental Center is committed to making the site a haven not only for residents and environmental professionals, but wildlife as well. The Environmental Center is part of a 120 acre River Greenway system that links to Studebaker Park along the Elkhart River. The trail is 1.5 mile long (one way) and is a great spot for wildlife watching on the edge of the City. Deer, river otter, muskrat, beaver, coyote, fox, pileated woodpeckers, screech owls, and nesting wood ducks have all made their home in this area.  Bird watchers can find many migrating species. The trail is open to bikes and hikers.

Other trails that meander throughout the property include:
The Christner Trail: a looped trail that meanders through a area that was a gravel pit in the 1940s. The land was once owned by the Christner family and is a favorite spot for bird watchers. A beautiful forest has grown up around the gravel pits that are now wooded wetlands.
 
Upper Wetland Trail: this trail surrounds our constructed wetlands that are home to a wide variety of frogs and turtles. It is a great spot to search for these critters plus migrating birds in the early spring.
West Wetland Trail: this trail takes you past the Eco-Cabin through a field and into a cattail marsh. A bike trail will someday intersect this area that will lead to Ox Bow County Park along County Road 45.