Cardinal Greenway

County: 
Grant, Delaware, Randolph, Wayne
City: 
Marion, Gas City, Muncie, Richmond

Descriptions: 

 

The Cardinal Greenway has added 14 more miles of paved trail for your walking and biking pleasure.
The new section ---- from Richmond to Economy ---- enables one to travel the 51 miles from Gaston through Muncie to Richmond continously on a paved trail.
The Cardinal Greenway now extends 62 miles in two sections of improved trail.

  

For those whose wanderlust seeks the space of a long-lasting horizon, the Cardinal Greenway may be your solution.

It is the longest rail-trail in Indiana - 62 miles. It was designated a National Recreational Trail in 2003 and is part of the northern tier of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail.

 

From Richmond in east central Indiana, the trail heads northwest into Losantville, Muncie, Gas City, and Marion, passing through or near a number of historic, educational, or just plain pleasant places to visit. You can walk, bike, or even ride horseback on the separate equestrian trail.

 

By the way, if your bike’s in the shop or you don’t keep one handy, there are free loaner bikes available from the Wysor Depot, 700 E Wysor Street (765-287-0399), in Muncie.

The southern section of this route roughly parallels U. S. Highway 35, taking you close to Summit Lake State Park and the trout filled waters of Wilbur Wright State Fish and Wildlife Area.

 

Other places of interest near this end of the Cardinal Greenway include the Levi Coffin State Historic Site of the Underground Railroad at Fountain City; Earlham College with its Joseph Moore Natural History Museum, housing a dinosaur exhibit, birds of prey, local invertebrate fossils, and more; and of course there’s the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame near Newcastle.

The Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Museum can be visited in Hagerstown, west of Richmond.

 

To “top” it off, Richmond is just south of Indiana’s highest elevation, Hoosier Hill at 1257 feet, but don’t look for towering mountains; the ice age didn’t carve it that way! Finally, plans are for the Cardinal Greenway to cross the National Road Heritage Trail, which will stretch (when completed) from Richmond to Terre Haute 150 miles away on the western side of the state.

To the northeast is Prairie Creek Reservoir. An equestrian trail segment parallels the main trail here, and there are additional equestrian miles over a branch trail that follows the lake's western shore.

 

Continuing on, the non-horse trail comes into the Muncie and Ball State University area. If you wish to do more off-trail exploration, there's the Children's Museum in Muncie.

Ball Sate, named for the family of the canning jar company, has a number of places and things to do and see, including a planetarium and art museum.

The National Model Aviation Museum is found in Muncie too.

 

Finally, let's not forget as you stride or ride along the Greenway that in the late 1800's to very early 1900's, America's first major and very large oil field was discovered here.

Hence, the names of some of the towns like Gaston and Gas City, Indiana.

Though much was wasted and overdrilling reduced pressure for extraction of the remaining oil, most of it is estimated to still be underground, technologically and economically out of reach-until recently anyway.

 

These fossil fuel deposits are attributed to this region's very ancient past, when it was located in a tropical latitude, and at times much of it was covered by a biologically rich, shallow sea.

On the northernmost segment of the Cardinal Greenway, you approach Fairmont, west of the trail. It's home to the annual James Dean Festival in September. The city of Marion, Indiana also hosts the annual Mississinewa 1812 Reenactment. A bit further on is the 3200+ acre Mississinewa Lake and its surrounding recreation areas.

 

Also to be found in and around Marion are Indiana Wesleyan University, the largest private university in Indiana; the Cumberland Covered Bridge, the last one in Grant County, located at the southern edge of Grant County in Mathews, spanning the Mississinewa River; and, quilters take note, the Quilters Hall of Fame is also located in Marion.

 

One of the more recent natural history finds nearby is in a sinkhole at the Pipe Creek Junior Quarry near Swayzee, Indiana, southwest of Marion.

Within the last two decades, this 5 million year old site has yielded a wide range of fossils, from frogs and turtles to rhinoceros, several species of camel, and a giant land tortoise. So far, it is a unique cache in eastern North America, because the glacial periods were thought to have scattered or destroyed such remains other areas of the Midwest. Isn't it amazing whose feet may have walked the Cardinal Greenway before any of us came along!!!

 

INFO
Type of Trail: 
Greenway
Mileage: 
75.50
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
all uses
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Which uses NOT allowed: 
no horses,separate path on side
Attractive Features: 
Parks & reservoir
North Endpoint – General: 
Marion
South Endpoint – General: 
Richmond
Notable Trailhead: 
parks & reservoir.
Near to US highways: 
Gaston on the North,Losantville on the South
Major Trailhead: 
Richmond
Lat. of Major TrailHead: 
Latitude:N 39° 49' 59.9324"
Long. Of Major TrailHead: 
Longitude:W 84° 53' 50.9023"
Agency, Group Owned: 
Cardinal Greenways
Manager: 
Angie Pool
Address: 
700 E. Wysor Street – Muncie, IN 47305
Mailing Address: 
same as the manager address
Telephone: 
765-287-0399
E-mail: 
info@cardinalgreenways.org
Trail Website: 

Cardinal Greenway - Marion

County: 
Grant
City: 
Marion, Gas City

Descriptions: 
On the northernmost segment of the Cardinal Greenway, you approach Fairmont, west of the trail.  It's home to the annual James Dean Festival in September.  The city of Marion, Indiana also hosts the annual Mississinewa 1812 Reenactment.  A bit further on is 3200+ acre Mississinewa Lake and its surrounding recreation areas.
 
Also to be found in and around Marion are Indiana Wesleyan University, the largest private university in Indiana; the Cumberland Covered Bridge, last one in Grant County, at the southern edge of Grant County in Mathews, spanning the Mississinewa River; and quilters take note, the Quilters Hall of Fame is located in Marion.
 
One of the more recent natural history finds nearby is in a sinkhole at the Pipe Creek Junior Quarry near Swayzee, Indiana, southwest of Marion.
 
Within the last two decades, this 5 million year old site has yielded a wide range of fossils, from frogs and turtles, to rhinoceros, several species of camel, and a giant land tortoise.  So far, it is a unique cache in eastern North America, because the glacial periods were thought to have scattered or destroyed such remains in the midwest.  Isn't it amazing whose feet may have walked the Cardinal Greenway before any of us came along!?
 
INFO
Type of Trail: 
Rail-trail
Mileage: 
7.5 miles
Part NOT open: 
no
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
biking, walking, running, rollerblading, separate horse trail.
Attractive Features: 
Connects to other trails. Wysor Depot-restored 1901 mail & passenger depot.near Prairie Creek Reservoir.
Impediments: 
must stop for crossroads.
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
South Miller Avenue, Marion – IN
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
E 10th Street Jonesboro, IN
Direction to #2 from #1: 
South
Connection to bus, rail: 
hopefully to Amtrak in future.
Near to US highways: 
Losantville just S. of intersection of hwy. 35 &36
Agency, Group Owned: 
Cardinal Greenway
Manager: 
Angie Pool
Address: 
700 E. Wysor Street – Muncie, IN 47305
Mailing Address: 
same as the manager address
Telephone: 
765-287-0399
E-mail: 
info@cardinalgreenways.org

Cardinal Greenway -Muncie

County: 
Delaware
City: 
Gaston, Muncie, Economy

Descriptions: 
This middle third of the Cardinal Greenway continues northwest from the Economy and Muncie areas to Gaston.  To the northeast is Prairie Creek Reservoir.  An equestrian trail segment parallels the main trail here, and there are additional equestrian miles over a branch trail that follows the lake's western shore.
 
Continuing on, the non-horse trail comes into the Muncie and Ball State University area.  If you wish to do more off-trail exploration, there's the Children's Museum in Muncie.  Ball Sate, named for the family of the canning jar company, has a number of places and things to do and see, including a planetarium and art museum.  The National Model Aviation Museum is found in Muncie too.
 
Finally, let's not forget as you stride or ride along the Greenway that in the late 1800's to very early 1900's, America's first major and very large oil field was discovered here.  Hence, the names of some of the towns like Gaston and Gas City, Indiana.  Though much was wasted and overdrilling reduced pressure for extraction of the remaining oil, most of it is estimated to still be underground, technologically and economically out of reach-until recently anyway.
 
These fossil fuel deposits are attributed to this region's very ancient past, when it was located in a tropical latitude, and at times much of it was covered by a biologically rich, shallow sea.
INFO
Type of Trail: 
Rail-trail
Mileage: 
34.16
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
all uses
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Which uses NOT allowed: 
no horses,separate path on side
Attractive Features: 
Parks & reservoir
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
West Elm Street, Gaston - IN
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
Wiser Street Station at depot, Muncie – IN
West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
Gates Road, Muncie – IN
East endpoint (#1) – Specific: 
Poplar Street, Economy - IN
Notable Trailhead: 
parks & reservoir.
Near to US highways: 
I69 to 332 to Walnut,S.,to Wiser L.,1/4 mile down to depot
Agency, Group Owned: 
Cardinal Greenway
Manager: 
Angie Pool
Address: 
700 E. Wysor Street – Muncie, IN 47305
Mailing Address: 
same as the manager address
Telephone: 
765-287-0399
E-mail: 
info@cardinalgreenways.org

Cardinal Greenway-Richmond

County: 
Wayne
City: 
Richmond

Descriptions: 
For those whose wanderlust seeks the space of a long-lasting horizon, the Cardinal Greenway may be your solution. Though portions of it are incomplete, it is still the longest rail-trail in Indiana, currently at 27½ miles. It was designated a National Recreational Trail in 2003 and is part of the northern tier of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail.
 
From Richmond in east central Indiana, it heads northwest into Losantville, Muncie, Gas City, and Marion, passing through or near a number of historic, educational, or just plain pleasant places to visit. You can walk, bike, or even ride horseback on the separate equestrian trail.
 
By the way, if your bike’s in the shop or you don’t keep one handy, there are free loaner bikes available from the Wysor Depot, 700 E Wysor Street (765-287-0399), in Muncie.
The southern third of this route roughly parallels U. S. Highway 35, taking you close to Summit Lake State Park and the trout waters of Wilbur Wright State Fish and Wildlife area.
 
Other places of interest near this end of the Cardinal Greenway include the Levi Coffin State Historic Site of the Underground Railroad at Fountain City; Earlham College with its Joseph Moore Natural History Museum, housing a dinosaur exhibit, birds of prey, local invertebrate fossils, and more; and of course there’s the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame near New Castle. The Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Museum can be visited in Hagerstown, west of Richmond.
 
To “top” it off, Richmond is just south of Indiana’s highest elevation, Hoosier Hill at 1257 feet, but don’t look for towering mountains; the ice age didn’t carve it that way! Finally, plans are for the Cardinal Greenway to cross with the National Road Heritage Trail, which will stretch (when completed) from Richmond to Terre Haute 150 miles away on the western side of the state.

 

INFO
Type of Trail: 
Rail-trail
Mileage: 
2.50
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
biking, walking, rollerblading.
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Attractive Features: 
Scenic curved trestle over Whitewater River.
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
Industries Road, Richmond – IN
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
North 3rd Street, Richmond - IN
Direction to #2 from #1: 
South
Near to US highways: 
I27 to Industries Rd and down just a little on Left
Agency, Group Owned: 
Cardinal Greenways
Manager: 
Lynette Freeman
Address: 
Wayne Co. Found.,33 S.7th Street – Richmond, IN 47374
Mailing Address: 
same as the manager address
Telephone: 
765-983-7275
Website: