Allen County Trailblazers Program

Become a TrailBlazer of Allen County!

LOGO: Allen County TrailBlazersNot to be confused with Fort Wayne Trails’ own Trail Blazers Monthly Donor program, we are a participating partner in the Allen County Trailblazers Hiking Program.

The mission of this partnership: To encourage and promote exposure to the outdoors, provide opportunities for physical fitness and mental wellness, and to increase the awareness and support of all participating agencies. 

Allen County has an array of incredible natural areas, parks and nature preserves to serve the population with opportunities for hiking. All provide a setting to enjoy the beauty of our natural environment, places for family fun and exercise, and ways to increase physical fitness. 

Annually, the participating parks and organizations assemble a list of 15 trails at various natural areas, each about 1 mile in length.  Hikers who complete 10 of the listed trails will receive an award (see below).  These trails will change on a rotating basis over several years. To find the current listing, please visit the Allen County Trailblazers website.

Forms can be downloaded online or picked up at agency offices after completing a short sign-up form so the number of participants can be tracked.  The Trailblazers form will have space for the date hiked and participant contact information. Cooperating agency logos and contact information are included.  The back of the form will have directions to the parks areas where the trails are located. This is a honors system as long as the date hiked is filled out it will be considered.  

Patrons on the Maumee River Greenway

  • Special Note: As normally Allen County Parks charges an entry fee you must sign in at one of the Nature Centers to receive free entry to hike. Just tell the receptionist you are there to complete one of the
    trails and show them your form and they will allow entry.

The form is turned in to obtain a reward of a bronze medallion that can be mounted on a hiking stick.   A sticker to attach to the walking stick will have the logos of all participating agencies and be included.  Sticks will be available at cost (about $5).  Awards may be picked up at Metea or Fox Island County Park Nature Centers, the New Haven Parks office and the Fort Wayne Parks office.  This program will run from July 1 to December 31, with last awards given out by January 31.

For additional information, please visit the Allen County Trailblazers Facebook page.

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: