Friday, April 13, 2012

River Greenway, Bluffton, IN

Bluffton's Corridor of the River Greenway Trail stretches from downtown Bluffton almost to Ouabache State Park.  The wide, paved trail is open for hikers, bikers, and skaters.  No horses or motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail 2.25 mile trail.

The west end of the trail begins by Wabash River Park, just behind Hardees.  There is public parking next to the park.  The River Greenway offers a number of parking lots along the trail.

There are also several benches along the path for enjoying the serene view.  The sights and sounds of birds in the trees is magnificent, as well as the sound of water bubbling over areas of rock in several places.  As we hiked the trail, we saw several people enjoying the benches for reading and chatting.

Across from the trail is another good sized park with a memorial to Charles C Deam, an important arborist in the state of Indiana.  It is believed that he once owned land near the trail.

The Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department does an incredible job enticing wildlife to visit the River Greenway.  A number of bird and squirrel feeders are present along the trail, as well as a bird house or two. During our most recent visit to the trail we saw robins, cardinals, nuthatches, golden finches, redwinged blackbirds, geese, ducks, and vultures.  With a trained ear and a knowledge of birds, one could spot many more species.  We even saw fish jumping!

Each half of a mile along the trail is a beautifully hand carved sculpture with a plaque to help you track your progress.  There are 4 sculptures in all.

There is one restroom along the trail.  It is in good, clean condition with as pleasant of a smell as you can have in a port-a-potty.

The River Greenway in Bluffton is a peaceful walk between the river and a highway.  (The peace is sometimes disrupted by passing cars).  The flat paved trail makes it excellent for pushing a stroller.

The river is very low right now, we loved this little island.  The low water leaves several areas of exposed rock, and a beautiful rushing sound for visitors.  The path appears to be well maintained and has lights along the west portion.

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