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
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.
Watch for the wild turkeys
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.