SB Tribune: 109 miles of trails in Fort Wayne paved with determination

South Bend Tribune: 109 miles of trails in Fort Wayne paved with determination

FORT WAYNE — The paved trails in the Fort Wayne area — 109 miles of them so far — radiate from the city center like five evenly placed spokes on a wagon wheel. Three follow the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee rivers that converge here. Several smaller trails connect like spurs or float on their own like satellites.

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One day, I follow a local guide as we bike from broad sidewalks to trails southwest from downtown, following signs as the Towpath Trail leads us to Eagle Marsh, a 756-acre restored wetland.

Another day, I track northeast past the Historic Fort Wayne, a recreated fort from the 1800s on the St. Marys, and then, by the city water treatment plant, I look up at a statue of a Jesuit priest and scientist who some believe named the three rivers — his outstretched arm points to their confluence. I link onto the Rivergreenway as it curls by the St. Joseph atop a levee and reach Johnny Appleseed Park where, just beyond the city campground, I find the park’s namesake. His grave and stone memorial is rimmed by apple trees……..

Join us for the 11th Annual Pufferbelly Run, Walk, and Stroll!

We are excited to announce that after careful consideration, we have determined that we can move forward with the 2020 Pufferbelly Run/Walk/Stroll IN-PERSON. While following the Governors guidelines and CDC recommendations, we will still provide a fun and safe event for all of you. Of course, your safety, is paramount and as we get closer to July 18th, if we feel we cannot provide you with a rewarding and safe experience we will make any necessary changes. Keep in mind that in addition to a fun morning on the trails, every registration goes directly to supporting trail growth and development right here in our city. We thank you all for using and supporting Fort Wayne Trails.

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