Map of Franke Park Trails: Do you like mountain biking on single track or trail running/walking on challenging dirt paths? Explore the trails at Franke Park! There are approximately 10 miles of single track trails to explore. Map of Franke Park MTB and Hiking Trails
Please be aware, during or following a rainfall, portions of the trail network may be muddy and/or slippery. Please slow down and use caution, especially on boardwalks. Always use caution whenever you encounter a wet section of trail. During the winter months, use caution and be on the look out for ice!
Trail Closures and Detours:
Upcoming Detour for St. Marys Pathway below Van Buren St Bridge- Beginning on Tuesday, January 19th, the St. Marys Pathway will be closed below the Van Buren St Bridge. Trail users will be able to cross at grade on Van Buren/Sherman during this closure. The closure is to protect trail users during the construction and improvements made to the bridge.
Pemberton Levee Trail -The Pemberton Levee Trail will be closed periodically through the end of the year for an AEP project. There will be a signed detour along Pemberton Blvd from Niagara north to Lake Ave. Detour Map
Detour for St. Marys Pathway from MLK Memorial Bridge to Harrison St- The St. Marys Pathway will be closed just west of the MLK Memorial Bridge to Harrison St Bridge. There will be a signed detour in place bypassing this area using 3rd Street and Harrison St. The closure will begin on October 7, 2020 and last thru the end of January 2021.
St. Marys Pathway - Closed at Thieme Dr and Berry St thru 2021 - The St. Marys Pathway will be closed at Thieme Dr and Berry St for the construction of a drop shaft, part of the Tunnel Works Project. A detour is signed along W. Main St (sidewalks or street) to Greenwood Ave and into Swinney Park. Detour Route Map
Mid-Block Crossings can be confusing for everyone. Watch this video to learn more about how to safely navigate a trail crossing where you are crossing the street in the middle of the block, rather than at an intersection.
When traveling on city streets, bicycles have the same duties and rights as motorists. Know and practice the rules of the road.
Try this new App
A new app called GiveMeGreen! links to traffic signals through a smartphone.
The technology senses when a cyclist is within 300-feet of an intersection and sends a signal to change the light to green. The rider gets a notice via text or vibration that their approach is received.
Fort Wayne is the second test city for the app, developed by Sensys Networks. The first test market was Santa Clarita, California.
Have you wondered about how many people use the trails?
Support Trails with a Trails License Plate!
Consider a purchase of this Trails Plate to show your support for all types of trails in Indiana. The foundation will use the proceeds as grants to trail groups throughout the state of Indiana. This special plate is an additional $40, of which $25 goes to the Greenways Foundation. The Greenways Foundation envisions a statewide trail, greenway, and bikeway system that provides access to trails for all Indiana citizens. This world-class Hoosier greenways system connects scenic, cultural, historic, recreational, tourist, and economic sites in Indiana’s urban and rural communities, is convenient to people of all cultures, ages, and abilities, and is one of the state’s most powerful tools in achieving economic growth, a healthy citizenry and livable communities.
It’s simple to purchase the plate! Online, simply visit www.mybmv.com and navigate to the special license plates. You also can go in person to your local license branch or order through the mail. New this year: all license plates are now mailed to you. You can get a tax break when buying this license plate that advocates for a charitable cause. You can deduct this fee on Schedule A of your taxes.
The Rivergreenway Trail is a 25 mile long linear park in Fort Wayne and New Haven, Indiana. The trail is along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee Rivers. Much of the Rivergreenway has been funded by the State of Indiana and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Rivergreenway provides a great opportunity for recreation, fitness and conservation, as well as providing an alternative transportation network safely connecting the community.
A linear park such as the Rivergreenway is a long, narrow park with limited access that is ideal for activities such as bicycling, hiking, nature study, jogging, rollerblading or just going for a leisurely walk. The Rivergreenway offers natural vistas and scenic overlooks within an urban environment. It creates a synergism between country and urban settings that affords users the opportunity to enjoy the best of both. Additionally, it creates a natural overflow against the invasion of high water which helps mitigate the ravages of flooding.
The Rivergreenway is owned and maintained by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Fort Wayne Public Works Department, and the New Haven/Adams Township Parks & Recreation Department.
The Rivergreenway is open from 6 am -11 pm daily for your enjoyment.
If there are comments, questions, or concerns about any section of the Rivergreenway, please contact the Greenways Manager at (260) 427-6002.
Do you have a praise, problem or concern you would like to share? Please take the time to complete the Talk to Us form.
The Rivergreenway Trails Network has been recognized as a National Recreation Trail! To view information about the Rivergreenway on the National Recreation Trails site, click here.
Learn more about planned trails! Check out the Fort Wayne Regional Trails Map, The Map shows existing, planned and proposed trails in the Fort Wayne/Allen County area.
Now available is a Listing of Parks Facilities along the Rivergreenway (both restrooms and drinking fountains) that are located along or near the Rivergreenway. In addition to the list, there is a Rivergreenway Facilities Map that depicts the general locations of each facility along the Rivergreenway. Please note that the Fort Wayne Parks restrooms and drinking fountains are open for use from May through the middle of October.
Available for your use is a listing of mile marker locations. Click on Mile Marker Locations to see where they are located and how you can utilize this information for your next walk or run.
The Downtown Rotary Club Circle of Hope is a two mile trail loop in downtown Fort Wayne. The trail encompasses the Rivergreenway on the north side of the St. Marys River and Headwaters Park on the south side of the river. Points of interest along the trail include Headwaters Park, Historic Fort Wayne, Lawton Park, the City's Skate Park, the Historic Wells Street bridge and Downtown Fort Wayne. Access to the loop includes Headwaters Park, Lawton Park and the Three Rivers Trailhead along Spy Run Avenue, just north of the St. Marys River.
Photo credit: Fred VanFossen
Memorial Tree & Bench Program Information Add to the beauty of your favorite section of the Rivergreenway (in the Fort Wayne City Limits) and honor a loved one simultaneously with the help of our tree or bench donation program.
Trail Mileage Check out information below on mileage of different trail loops. For additional information check out the Park Trail path Distance Chart Buckner Park:.75 miles (complete loop) (stone path portion is .66 mile)