Wells County Trails Outreach

In December, our Executive Director Kent Castleman worked with the Wells County Trails planning group to continue visioning a connected Wells County. The group also discussed their connectivity to Allen County and the region through the Poka-Bache Connector which is slated to have the southern end point in Bluffton at Oubache State Park.

The group reviewed planning maps for trails and sidewalks in the county and discussed how to move the community thinking forward to have a more connected community. Rural communities such as Bluffton often times have very limited resources for infrastructure and transportation improvements, therefore, there is a need for philanthropic giving and fundraising to happen in the county to reach their goals.


While our mission focus remains on Allen County and connecting our communities, Fort Wayne Trails has a goal to assist developing these groups in each county in the region. Citizen advocacy is a large part of the success for the trail network in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Castleman will stay engaged to help the group develop their governance and organizational structure. The goal is for the group to be self-sustaining.

Pufferbelly Run, Walk, and Stroll Update: To ensure that we can provide a safe and fun event we have made the decision to cap our registration and eliminate day-of registrations. We have a hand full of spaces left and once they are full we will be closing registration. The virtual options will be left open and are a great way to help support the event and Fort Wayne Trails. The virtual events are casual and you are not required to submit a time unless you would like to. We are sorry to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this decision and hope that you understand the reason behind our choice. Thank you for supporting Fort Wayne Trails!


Join us for the 11th Annual Pufferbelly Run, Walk, and Stroll, NOW WITH A VIRTUAL OPTION!

We are excited to announce that after careful consideration, we have determined that we can move forward with the 2020 Pufferbelly Run/Walk/Stroll IN-PERSON. While following the Governors guidelines and CDC recommendations, we will still provide a fun and safe event for all of you. Of course, your safety is paramount and as we get closer to July 18th, if we feel we cannot provide you with a rewarding and safe experience we will make any necessary changes. Keep in mind that in addition to a fun morning on the trails, every registration goes directly to supporting trail growth and development right here in our city. We thank you all for using and supporting Fort Wayne Trails.

More information and registration links can be found here: