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The Rivergreenway is an impressive 50+ mile linear park that is part of a growing network of trails in the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven. The Rivergreenway connects neighborhoods, historical attractions, waterways, and 15 city parks. The trail consists of four main pathways, named for the rivers they parallel and the entire trail system is paved with a few short boardwalk sections. With portions of the route directly beside rivers, flooding is possible, so check the official trail website for updates.
The northern branch of the Rivergreenway runs from Shoaff Park south to downtown Fort Wayne along the St. Joseph River (St. Joseph Pathway). The southern branch starts just past Tillman Park at Southtown Centre and runs along St. Marys River (St. Marys Pathway) heading north to meet the St. Joseph Pathway. The St. Joseph and St. Marys Rivers converge in downtown Fort Wayne to form the Maumee River that runs east alongside the third segment of trail (Maumee Pathway) into New Haven. This river corridor and trail system provides an unlimited opportunity for recreation, fitness, and conservation. The Yarnelle Trail heads southwest from downtown and continues all the way to the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve and the Lutheran Hospital campus. The trail network connects residential and downtown business districts, linking residents with their places of work.
The northern St. Joseph Pathway starts at Shoaff Park. The path travels mostly along the west side of the St Joseph River and is completely paved. It crosses back over the St. Joseph River on an expansive pedestrian suspension bridge to the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne campus. The trail goes north through the campus to St. Joe Road. It also continues south over Coliseum Boulevard and connects to Johnny Appleseed Park across the river. The path continues south adjacent to the river to a scenic overlook at the convergence of the rivers.
The southern St. Marys Pathway starts in Southtown Centre and nearby Tillman Park. The trail runs along the east side of the river to Foster Park, a large community park with its own 2-mile loop. From Foster Park, the path crosses over St. Marys River and includes some lovely wood platforms that extend over the river. Some of these are narrow, so pay attention for cyclists or other users coming from the opposite direction. The route travels to Swinney Park with an option to go west to connect to the Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that runs southwest to the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana.
As you continue north out of Swinney Park, a short on-road section passes through a lightly trafficked residential street, resumes on a separated trail to Lawton Park, comes up behind the Historic Old Fort, and connects to the St. Joseph Pathway.
From the Historic Old Fort, travel along the trail on Spy Run Avenue (US 27) to connect to the Maumee Pathway, which heads to New Haven. This section of trail also connects to a different segment of the St. Joseph Pathway that mirrors the first on the other side of the St. Joseph River. Heading east on the Maumee Pathway, the trail passes through pretty residences along a raised levee for a mile. It then drops into woodlands away from the river to a scenic overlook of the Hosey Dam.
The route continues along the Maumee River through woodlands to Memorial Park (accessible off a spur). The remainder of the trail, from Memorial Park to Moser Park, is wooded and runs along the Maumee River and creekbeds with heavy tree canopy. This parklike section includes four wood ramps and passes Kreager Park, which can be accessed by a road crossing. Kreager Park has its own trail loop to extend your ride. The path ends after crossing over active rail lines and dropping back down a series of wood ramps into a final wooded stretch to a small fishing pond at Moser Park.
To reach the Shoaff Park trailhead, take I-69 S to Exit 312A or I-69 N to Exit 312B, and head south on Coldwater Road. In 0.3 mile turn left onto E. Washington Center Road, which becomes St. Joe Center Road. Go 1.8 miles, and turn left onto St. Joe Road. Continue 0.6 mile and turn left into Shoaff Park to find the trailhead next to the parking lot.
To reach the trailhead in New Haven’s Moser Park, from I-469 take Exit 19, and head northwest on Lincoln Hwy./IN 930. In 1.3 miles turn right onto Green St. Go 0.2 mile and turn left onto Lincoln Hwy. again. Go 0.6 mile and turn right onto State St. In 0.2 mile continue straight to enter the parking lot at Moser Park and find the trailhead next to the parking lot.
To reach the Tillman Park trailhead from I-469, take Exit 11 and head north on US 27. In 3.5 miles turn left onto S. Hanna St., go 0.3 mile, and turn right into Tillman Park after crossing E. Tillman Road.
Parking for the Rivergreenway can also be found on city streets and in a number of parks along the trail’s route. Please see the map for all locations and detailed directions.
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