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:
Christner Trail: a looped trail that meanders through an 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. This trail was recently restored by an AmeriCorps NCCC team in 2018.
Oak 10 Ridge Trail: a new addition created by an AmeriCorps NCCC team in 2018 that overlooks the large wetland that has taken over the old gravel pit and then connects to the Christener Trail. This shaded trail provides excellent bird watching opportunity, and is home to turtles, salamanders, frogs, and more. 
 
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.
Fawn Run & Eddy Street Trails: these trails take 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.
EEC Trail Map 2018