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Ridge Run Trail, in the northern Indiana town of Middlebury, offers helpful connections in the community. On its southern end, the paved pathway connects with the beloved Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, which heads east to Shipshewana and southwest to Goshen.
From the Pumpkinvine trail intersection (near the U.S. 20 tunnel), the Ridge Run travels north to its end at Wayne Avenue, where it connects to another trail which parallels the street. The two trails meet near the Middlebury Community Schools campus and the Das Dutchman Essenhaus complex, which includes an Amish-style restaurant, inn, and boutique shops.
Parking is available at Krider Garden on the north end of Middlebury, as well as at the town hall. Travelers can connect to the Pumpkinvine Trail to reach those parking lots.
The trail goes north from the pumpkinvine trail just south of middlebury. The trail briefly parallels state road 20 before branching off around a horse field and then into a golf course like park with a picturesque covered bridge. It finishes in the hugely popular Das Dutchman Essenhaus with it's many shops and restaurants. I recommend the cookies in the bakery. The north end of the trail connects with the Wayne Avenue trail which will take you into the center of Middlebury and the pumpkin vine trail.
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