Pufferbelly Trail

Indiana

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Pufferbelly Trail Facts

States: Indiana
Counties: Allen
Length: 4.9 miles
Trail end points: W. Washington Center Road and Pufferbelly Trailhead, north of Pentolina Drive and west of Corbin Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7702562
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Pufferbelly Trail Description

The name Pufferbelly comes from the historical nickname for a steam locomotive. As of 2018, the rail-trail stretches 4.9 miles. The north end of the trail begins in the Pentolina Grove neighborhood and, from there, the trail heads south towards Fort Wayne. A highlight of the route is the trail's passage through Salomon Farm Park, where the Pufferbelly connects to a loop trail. 

In the future, the trail will span 13 miles along a former New York Central railroad corridor. When finished, the rail-trail will stretch from downtown Fort Wayne to the northern Allen County border. A direct connection to the Rivergreenway will allow for extensive recreational and commuting access throughout Fort Wayne on foot or bike.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Pufferbelly Trail can be found at Salomon Farm Park on W. Dupont Road.

Pufferbelly Trail Reviews

I use to spend hours on the old railway as a teen. I would walk from Washington Center Road past Smith Field all the way out to Gump Road and back. When the rails and ties were pulled the land owners blocked access to the trail. It will be great to see part of it reopened. My son spent hours with me on a bench at the airfield watching the planes land and take off.

As of November 2017, this trail is not yet finished and the completed sections are not yet connected. Still, the parts that are finished are a joy to travel.

Special parking by the YMCA. Paved. I only gave it a 4 because it doesn't go anywhere.

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