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This 10 mile system of trails connects the Nature Park with DePauw University and Greencastle.
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The Greencastle-Fillmore section of the trail known as the People's Pathway, called after the so named two small towns it connects, stretches across the eastern portion of Putnam County in Western Indiana.
The trail starts on the northeast side of Greencastle and follows the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway for the first 0.6 miles, with very little traffic. The trail then gives way to a separate gravel trail, perfect for walking, jogging, biking or mountain biking. A trail traveler may see diverse and abundant flora and fauna on this trail, including quail, old deciduous trees, evergreens and pasturelands, farms and cows.
For the first mile this gravel portion of the trail lies directly above the old railroad grade. After crossing County Road 300 E, it moves to the south side of the old RR right of way and runs below the top of the large fill which indicates the old railroad bed.
Following the contours down, the hiker/biker will go into the lower watershed which runs close to the trees. Check out the abundance of flora and fauna here. After traveling over the culvert crossing the creek the route starts an upward slope back up to the railroad grade and approaches the Fillmore end of the trail.
The end of the Fillmore part of the trail comes near Westwood Rd and County Road 475 E. This point is about three-fourths of a mile west of CR 550 E along which sets the business portion of Fillmore.
As a recent development, the portion of the old Pennsylvania/Vandalia Railroad from Fillmore to Coatsville has been set aside as an easement for a trail by Mr. Art Evans, owner of Dixie Chopper, who has generously donated this property to the Indiana Trails Fund. Mr. Greg Midgley and others are in the process of preparing this easement for use as a trail to Coatsville. In past years, Mr. Midgley prepared the Coatsville to Amo section of the Vandalia Trail.
The connection of all these segments will provide about 12 miles of continuous walkway, bridlepath and bikepath on a dirt and crushed stone byway.
In Fillmore, fill up on eats: Bert & Betty’s Kitchen; Nivole’s Pizza Restaurant; Great China Buffet or Pizza N Stuff.
Also to be noted is that this portion of the Peoples Pathway and the Vandalia Trail at Coatsville is part of the future National Road Heritage Trail to span the 160 miles from Terre Haute to Richmond. Several parts of the NRHT are entrailed already, and HRTC will have stories about these segments in later editions.
Old railroad ties and embankments along the trail evoke imaginations of the days when the iron horse made this terrain its domain.
Greencastle-Fillmore links to the well-constructed “People Pathways Trail”in Greencastle, along which the hiker or biker can view the many exquisite buildings of the Depauw University campus and take in a covered bridge, parks, shops and museums.
Stand out buildings along the trail also include the beautiful Putnam County Courthouse and Putnam County Library.
Greg Midgley has been involved in developing rails into trails projects for many years. Currently he is the President and Secretary of the National Road Heritage Trail, Inc. here in Indiana. At the B & O Trail Association Annual Meeting held February 18, 2013; Greg shared stories about the challenges of trail building and how those hurdles were innovatively (and mostly cheaply) solved. He also clarifies the fact that it is a collective creativity, with many groups and individuals working together to solve the problems. From removable bollards to re-purposing a rail road bridge for pedestrian and bicycle users to blending and separating equestrian users; Greg shows how it can be accomplished.
This shady, quiet trail is lined with trees, bushes, and native and rare wildflowers such as Horse Tail. The surface, except small segments of asphalt and gravel, is a soft, natural surface and perfect for walking, running, and mountain biking. It crosses a creek with a railroad bridge that adds to this trail’s scenic beauty. There is also a horseback riding trail adjacent. At both ends of the trail are convenience stores with restrooms, delis, and chairs and tables to eat, drink, or relax. The whole trail is very well-maintained.
The Friends of the Vandalia Trail meets on the 3rd Thursdays at 6pm in the Amo Interurban Depot, which is a red brick, 3 story building which was the old interurban station. It sets on the east side of Pearl Street, north of Clayton Road. Park near the Depot. Call Greg Midley at 317-503-1101 for agenda or other details. T o get to Amo follow the directions from both Rockville Road and from The National Road.
On the west side of Hendricks County, on US 36, aka Rockville Road, take State Road 75 southward to the Coatesville area, or in the southwest corner of Hendricks County, on US 40, aka The National Road, take State Route 75 northward to the Coatsville area, find County Road 450South (about a 1/4 mile north of Vandalia Trail). Turn eastward and take it 2.66 miles to the "T" intersection which is both County Road 500 West (on the left) and Pearl Street (on the right). Turn right onto Pearl Street and take it southward one half mile to the Vandalia Trail (Just beyond the trail is the "T" intersection with Clayton Road.) with the Amo Interurban Depot on your left. Park near the Depot.