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Flat + Smooth = Great Ride

By tlchester in July, 2014

Tried this for the first time and really enjoyed our ride. Parked in Winamac and rode the trail to the end. The trail is nice and flat and also the smoothest we have ever ridden on. Very scenic and the wildlife came out to greet us along the way - chipmunks, plenty of colorful birds, groundhogs and a deer ran right across the trail in front of us. It was also nice that we were able to ride the entire length without having to stop since there was really no traffic. Only downfall would be no restrooms or water available so make sure you bring extra water bottles!

Quite ride

By darbpez in July, 2014

The Panhandle Pathway was a very nice trail to ride. The trail is wide and well maintained, the crossings are clearly marked, and the many benches are a welcomed relief during your ride. Very nice!!! Get out and ride this route if you can.

Beautiful spring ride

By akaduffy in May, 2014

My sister and I rode this on May 25, 2014 beginning at the Winimac Trail Head. We did the round trip with a short stop in Royal Center at the Family Dollar for a beverage refresh. It took us about 3 hours round trip. It is a flat, smooth ride. Some small debris, mostly twigs and rocks. Very well maintained. We came across a dozen or so other riders and a few walkers. Will definitely do this ride again.

Great Trail!

By tommybyker in May, 2014

Enjoyed the 40 mile round-trip...nicely maintained and very pleasant ride. Please extend!

By lovelylady1 in September, 2012

My husband and I traveled from Hobart, Ind. to Winamac, Panhandle Trail (Sept 19, 2012). Not yet Fall, but the weather was beautiful for a bike ride. (We ride a lot in our area of Northwest Indiana trails). We began our ride at CR150, there is parking access available. The trail hugs Rt. 35; your ride is right through the corn fields of Indiana. If you do travel this trail, be prepared for there are no restroom stops available. Star City small town; biked right through Thornhope blink and you are there and gone. Flat land ride, no hills of any kind. There are benches along the way for you to stop and sit awhile, if you so incline. We stopped at Indian Creek. Next time we will begin at Kenneth and ride to Indian Creek. There are no places to really stop and eat on this part of the trail. What was so great, we were the only two on the trail, really. This part of the trail was well maintained. We did see the DNR guy planting mums :-)Was it worth the 1 hour or so ride from Hobart, YES. FYI, we are a retired couple.

Nice April ride

By abn2nds in April, 2012

We rode the trail April 24, 2012. Started at the south trailhead and rode to Indian Creek then back, about 11 miles. Stopped and took some photos of the creeks we crossed along the ride. Very nice paved trail, small shops along the way in Royal Center, Marathon gas station where we stopped for a drink. Overall a very nice ride. On the drive up from Indy we stopped at Wilson Farm Market, 256th and US 31, very nice little Amish Shop. We bought sandwiches there, some jelly, fudge, drinks and breads. The apple dumplings there are VERY GOOD!!! Will stop there again when we do another ride up north.

A wonderful ride!

By tomhealey in July, 2011

I rode this trail from Winamac to end and back on July 27, 2011. A great ride. The surface is in pristine shape (a crew was out repairing a short stretch when I went southbound, and the repair was virtually unnoticable on my return trip) and the grade crossings are well marked. A small shelter at the south end for the picnic tabke would be a great addition.

Watch for the wild turkeys

By jamrpoi in June, 2011

We did this trail on two different occasions and as we discovered, if you look carefully you can view all kinds of wildlife including turkey, groundhog, chipmunks, swallows, orioles, deer and others.
The terrain in mostly flat or with slight grades and is easy enough for small children and the sedentary.
If you want to grab a bite or a drink I can recommend McGovern's in Royal Center. It is a bar/restaurant suitable for families. Hint: Try the thick and juicy breaded tenderloin sandwich, yum.
The trail offers what Indiana in known for, beautiful landscapes, corn, soybeans, wheat fields.

Great trail!!

By cmcleland in August, 2010

My niece and I did the loop this Saturday, almost 42 miles total. It was scenic and had several places to stop and rest. It is still in some stages of construction, some road crossings were not marked yet, but in all a very nice ride. We will definitely continue to use this trail!!!

Panhandle Pathway

By Oldtimer in June, 2010

This trail is one of the best that we have had the pleasure of riding. It's a new trail dedicated in in October of 2009. The trail development has been taking place at on accelerated pace. Making it's way from Winnimac south it travels through typical Indiana coutry side. The trail is flat and makes for an easy relaxing ride. It's perfect for the casual rider and great for a family outing. The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway have done a commendable job of constructing this trail. The new section from Star City to Royal Center is just now being finished and makes the trail perfect for an afternoon of riding. I predict that this trial will become one of Indiana's best trails. If you live in north west or central Indiana you've got to check out this trail. If your from outside the area come and enjoy the Hoosier hospitality.