Rivergreenway

Indiana

Rivergreenway Facts

States: Indiana
Counties: Allen
Length: 30.1 miles
Trail end points: Shoaff Park to Historic Old Fort (Fort Wayne); Historic Old Fort and Moser Park (New Haven); Historic Old Fort to Southtown Centre (Fort Wayne)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6272970
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Rivergreenway Description

The Rivergreenway is a 24-mile linear park within the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven in Allen County, Indiana. The trail consists of three main branches along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee Rivers. This natural corridor provides an opportunity for recreation, fitness and conservation in a serene setting while still being close to everything. Several parks line the route. The trail also connects residential sections of Fort Wayne with the downtown business district and other commercial corridors, linking thousands of residents with their places of work.

The trail network is constantly expanding and will eventually provide recreation enthusiasts with a 40-mile east/west corridor across Allen County.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Rivergreenway can be found on city streets and in a number of parks along the trail's route. Refer to the TrailLink map for exact locations.

Rivergreenway Reviews

The path was well paved and the signs were visible. It was cool to go through downtown Ft. Wayne and see the historic fort. It was also nice to see the biking depot and some beautiful homes along the trail.

Stayed at Holiday Inn Express across from Allen County Indoor Arena.Ran across pedestrian bridge over St Joseph River towards IUPFW campus.Initially went South towards downtown but trail eventually followed city road after about 3/4 mile.Turned around and went North past bridge through campus.Gorgeous route there!Leaves were peaking during visit.Would advise crossing bridge and just running through campus trail rather than going South from bridge.Enjoyed this run in Fort Wayne.

Rode this trail in the summer of 2014 from near the old fort to IPFW (the trail was closed northward at US 30 due to recent storm debris clogging the trail), and from the old fort to New Haven. The trail is well-marked and was in good shape, with the occasional areas that need repairs which all trails have. The trail offers a variety of scenery, from neighborhoods to rural settings near New Haven. We look forward to returning to Fort Wayne in order to explore the other bike trails that the city offers.

Accordion

Just love the greenways and will always make it a priority to live near one. Really a hidden gem in our city!

My wife and I spent three days in Fort Wayne just so we could explore most of the trails offered and indulge in some good food. Our first day started at Tillman park on the south side and heads North to intersect with all the spurs and trails that make up Fort Wayne's trail system. My wife stopped at Swinney park to take a rest while I went west to Rockhill park just to check it out and see what it had to offer. When I got back to her we both continued east to Guildin Park where she took another break and I continued over to The Old Fort Wayne fort where I took a tour and headed back. Not being familiar with the area and its trails I was kinda lost what with all the spurs and name changes on the signage. If it hadn't been for my GPS I would still be there trying to find my way back to an irritated wife. If you are like us you need a map to find your way around. They are offered at several places including some of the trail heads and bike shops. Over the next two days we went to New Haven to go west on the portion we hadn't done which by the way was the portion I liked best. It is the most unique of the entire system. You will have to try it to see what I mean. I ended up at the Fort again so I turned and went back. There are a couple of detours along this section due to construction on the levee and to some kind of city utility but they are short and well marked. The third day we took the Wabash and Erie canal towpath on the west side very near our hotel. It goes through some marshland and is very tranquil. It leads you to Swinney park and the tie in to the rest of the trails. Overall a very nice ride. All the trails are in pretty good shape and are all paved. Signage is lacking in some spots and confusing in others due to constant name changes but aside from that a very good experience.

A group of us [7] road the rail Sunday am [7-25-10] and found it to be a low traffic ride that provides great views of the Allen County parks and river views. We entered at the trail head off of Smith Road in the southwest corner of the county. Views of the preserved wetlands was quite nice. Boardwalk underpasses have been installed that allow the rider to travel uninterrupted around bridge crossings and provide a continuous view of the rivers. The access to the Foster Park - St Mary's ride takes you over some street bridges which have new side rails to protect the bike and foot traffic as well. The old fort is still accessible to riders off the trail. Look for the Rivergreenway maps to avoid getting confused when transitioning from one arm of the trail system to another. The northeast arm is being extended to New Haven with the construction of a new boardwalk-bridge and is not accessible. Logged about 27 mi.

The Rivergreenway is a great network of trails. I regularly ride the St. Marys and Maumee Pathways. On occasion I get up to the St. Joseph Pathway but it's currently a short path that will be expanded upon in the coming years. If you look closely along the rivers you'll see signs of beavers! This is most easily noted near the Old Fort on the St. Marys Pathway and on the Maumee Pathway near the Coliseum Blvd bridge. What I really enjoy about the Rivergreenway is all of the tree cover and green space within the city. The Maumee Pathway is especially green and provides trail users with a peaceful setting along the river and it connects the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven. Newcomers may find it difficult to navigate; however, signs are posted along each pathway for directions and if you follow the signs, you should be just fine. If possible, pick up a copy of the Rivergreenway brochure/map and the visitors center downtown for easier navigation!

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