May, National Bike Month, the time where flower planting meets poolside and outdoor adventures become a normal routine. Marshall County’s “Great Bike Routes” guide suggests the perfect blend of the country’s prettiest scenery and most interesting sights with well planned routes on lesser-traveled roads. All four marked bike routes begin at Webster Elementary School in Plymouth.
The sixteen mile route takes you on the gently rolling country roads allow you to explore the Twin Lakes area located southwest of Plymouth. The route passed Chief Menominee’s Memorial and through the lake-filled area where Villages of Potawatomi once stood.
The thirty-one mile route travels southwest of Plymouth and enjoy the beautiful trees along the way. This route takes you to Culver with its neat shops, plan on having breakfast or lunch at one of the great restaurants. On your way back, you travel back through the Twin Lakes area with all its Native American History.
The forty-one mile route tours an extra ten mile cruise around Lake Maxinkuckee and all its beautiful homes is well worth the extra miles. And lastly the sixty-three mile route is a cross country route allows you to visit all the above sights, plus Ancilla College and the “Chapel in the Cornfield” with its Neo-Geothis architecture located in the mother house on the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. The last half of this ride explores the farmland west of Plymouth.
If walking is more your passion, the Indiana Volkssport Association and the Hoosier Hikers has choosen Plymouth for its fourth stop along the Lincoln Highway, their 2011 year round trail. The Lincoln Highway along with the Michigan Road was instrumental in the growth of the community. The 10K stroll starts at Christo’s Family Dining, near the junction of US 30 and Michigan Street.
The trail heads south to Centennial Park, enters the park, crosses the covered bridge and wanders around several baseball fields to a walking path along the Yellow River. It continues into town to view the old Lincoln Highway signpost at the courthouse square and the over to the library for a rest. A short walk past the old fire house that is home to the Marshall County Visitors Center and the around the corner to the main street of shops and Marshall County Historical Museum. Enjoy a magnificent view of the Lincoln Highway and return by the Michigan Road.
The Plymouth Greenway Trail in Centennial Park the trail is approximately 2.7 miles in length and is constructed of bituminous pavement and run from Jefferson Street to the bike path south of Riverside School located on Baker Street. The trail starts in Founders Park located on East Jefferson Street where you cross over the Yellow River on the walking bridge into Magnetic Park and follows alongside the back of the Yellow River until you crossover and link with the Randolph Street section of the Trail. You continue north where you will connect with the bike trail that winds along the Yellow through Centennial Park. Scenic rest areas or “nodes” are constructed at various locations along the trail and contains benches, bike racks, and trash receptacles on a brick paved surface along side of main paved trail.