Lafayette and West Lafayette Trails

County: 
Tippecanoe
City: 
West Lafayette
Descriptions: 
The Lafayette and West Lafayette Trails, in Northwest Indiana’s Purdue territory, tie this diverse college community together with the Cattail, Northwest Greenway, and Wabash Heritage Trails, together covering over 20 miles. In addition, a number of parks have unpaved footpaths, playing fields and courts, and nearby is Prophetstown State Park. Between them all, one could spend several days, or a lot longer, just walking, exploring, and learning about life in and around these pathways, past and present.
Along the Cattail’s 4-plus miles, the major feature is Celery Bog, its origins going back to glacial times. Once a celery and produce farm, this 195 acre natural area has been re-establishing itself since the 1960s when long-standing drainage difficulties finally deep-sixed this part of the farm operation. It is now home to the Lilly Nature Center which provides field trips, classes, family programs and activities, and is a living lab for research.
The Northwest Greenway Trail is just over 6 miles, and it connects into the Cattail on the latter’s north end. The Greenway leads to Hadley Lake to the west. Its east course passes near Cumberland Park, a 62-acre facility with wide, open spaces, playfields, basketball courts, its own nature preserve, a small lake, and a mid-week farmers market in season.
For those with an interest in American history, the Wabash Heritage Trail has it. This trail is some 13 miles long, some paved, but the greater part of it is not. It starts near Battle Ground on its northern end, which was the site of an early critical clash between neo-America and the Native Americans.
Also near the trail’s north reaches is Prophetstown State Park. A history and natural history park, it gives us a hint of what the tall grass prairie once was. It is an ecosystem of native bunch grasses, prairie wildflowers such as echinacea (cone flower), interspersed with wetlands and varied wildlife and the native tribes that depended on them. This newest of Indiana’s state parks (2004) is still a work in progress, but visitors can see an historic 1920s living history farm and the Native American Village. The park has its own set of trails, including a paved hike/bike path.
At its southern end, the Wabash Heritage Trail leads to a re-creation of the fur-trading outpost, Fort Ouiatenon (as in the French, “Oui”, sometimes spelled Quiatenon). This was a 1700s somewhat cosmopolitan village that was eventually destroyed by order of President Washington in 1791.
However, in celebration of its heyday, every year the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon is held here in the fall, with reenactment dress, foods, and activities of the period.
Please note that the Cattail and Northwest Greenway Trails are asphalt and open to non-motorized traffic. So far, about two miles of the Wabash Heritage Trail are paved. As such, motorized vehicles, bikes, or horses are not allowed.
 

 


 

INFO
Type of Trail: 
Various
Mileage: 
12.00
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
all uses
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Attractive Features: 
Connects to Purdue University, Myers Pedestrian Bridge, some bike lanes, connects to other trails.
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
stadium St &McCormick Rd.
West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
Hadley Lake
Notable Trailhead: 
parking at Lilly Nature Center, Cumberland Park, Pickett Memorial Park, restrooms, water at Lilly Nature Center.
Near to US highways: 
US52 to McCormick to Kalverer and Right just a little ways down to parking
Agency, Group Owned: 
W. Lafayayette Parks and Rec.
Manager: 
Diane Beasley
Address: 
609 N. Navaho - West Lafayette, IN 47906
Mailing Address: 
same as the manager address
Telephone: 
765-775-5110

Wabash Heritage Trail

County: 
Tippecanoe
City: 
West Lafayette and Lafayette
INFO
Type of Trail: 
River Trail
Mileage: 
8.6 miles
Total Length of all segments: 
11.5 miles
Surface: 
natural, asphalt
Uses allowed: 
walking, biking, wheelchairs,rollerblades on paved portion only.
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes on paved portion only
Attractive Features: 
Sidewalk to Purdue University, shaded by characteristic central IN trees, plaza bridge, truss bridge over River, historic sites.
Impediments: 
2 hills, sandy and crosses creek by step stones.
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
Prophets Rock Road, West Lafayette IN
West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
548 South River Road, West Lafayette IN.
Connection to bus, rail: 
Big 4 Depot-Amtrak stop.
Notable Trailhead: 
parking, water, restrooms at parks, plazas, picnic spots.
Near to US highways: 
I-65 to State Road 43 and North,Right 1st stop light (State Road600), it T's and Left, it T's & Right, park down 1/2 block on Right.
Agency, Group Owned: 
Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Department.
Address: 
20 N. 3rd Street Lafayette – IN 47901
Telephone: 
(765) 567-6218
E-mail: 
smorris@dnr.IN.gov

N. 9th/Duncan Rd. Trail

County: 
Tippecanoe
City: 
West Lafayette

INFO
Type of Trail: 
Urban Trail
Total Length of all segments: 
2.5 miles
Surface: 
Asphalt
Uses allowed: 
biking, walking, hiking
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Agency, Group Owned: 
City of Lafayette

Wabash Heritage Trail - Trolley Line Trail

County: 
Tippecanoe
City: 
West Lafayette
INFO
Type of Trail: 
Park
Mileage: 
1.29
Surface: 
asphalt
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes ?
Agency, Group Owned: 
Parks and Recreation Department
Manager: 
Joe Payne
Address: 
609 West Navajo St. West Lafayette, IN 47906
Telephone: 
765-775-5110

West Lafayette Greenways

County: 
Tippecanoe
City: 
West Lafayette

INFO
Type of Trail: 
Urban Trails
Total Length of all segments: 
1.69 miles
Surface: 
paved
Uses allowed: 
Hiking, Biking
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Agency, Group Owned: 
West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department
Manager: 
Joe Payne
Address: 
609 West Navajo St. West Lafayette, IN 47906
Telephone: 
(765) 775-5110

Cattail Trail-West Lafayette

County: 
Tippecanoe
City: 
West Lafayette

Descriptions: 
The Cattail Trail is located in West Lafayette, including parts of Purdue University, and is one of the trails in our information at “West Lafayette Trails”.
 
The Cattail Trail's south terminus is located on Stadium St., in David Rose Memorial and Garden, on the west side of Purdue University. David Rose Memorial and Garden has a large hill for sledding. The trail head can be found at Pickett Memorial Park which includes parking. This winding trail rolls out its ten foot wide surface over hills and  cross from Ackerman Hills Golf Course. Cattail then crosses and parallels McCormick Street for awhile, heading northwest. Some beautiful homes make up the scenery which one can enjoy while walking along the McCormick Street Section.  
 
Continuing on the path, the trail crosses and parallels Cherry Lane, heading eastward for a short while.  It then turns northward and runs aside picket fencing. In this section one can find the Purdue Dairy Farm and the Brick Boilermaker Golf Course. The Cattail wends its way through trees and some open spaces. Pushing across W. 200 north, the trail  runs northward.      
 
Shortly one will come to find the Celery Bog Nature Center, where The Cattail connects to other trails. The trail splits woods on one side, and open areas on the other. The trail continues to be curvy and hilly, with various suburban housing in the area. The trail runs right into the Lilly Nature Center which sports some park benches offering a chance for walkers to rest, recollect, and connect with nature. Also, the LN Center offers visitors car and bicycle (rack) parking The nature center is free, and presents displays as well as nature look-outs for birds and critters, At this point, the trail is in the middle of marshes that used to be a bog.
 
Continuing north on the trail, one can find restaurants and businesses, which allows for parking and some restrooms.
One can find the north-end terminus at Cumberland and Northwestern avenues. This endpoint marks the beginning of the Northwest trail, which, as the name implies, continues northwest in West Lafayette. This trail passes businesses and restaurants, picnic areas, and the Tippecanoe Memory Gardens Cemetery. The Cattail and Northwest Trail are designated as National Recreation Trails.    
 
At the southend, Purdue University has many interesting buildings, old and new. In the heart of the campus, one can see mostly older buildings, red brick Colonial style. The university was founded in 1869. Downtown West Lafayette has many diverse and interesting shops and restaurants, worth exploring, as is the beautiful Tippecanoe County Courthouse, and the Cattails and Northwest Trails.
INFO
Type of Trail: 
River
Mileage: 
4.33
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
walking, biking, skating.
Attractive Features: 
Access to Wabash Heritage trail, Purdue University, almost 4 miles of footpaths.
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
Pickett Memorial Park-West Stadium Ave. West Lafayette – IN
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
Cherry Lane, W. Lafayette – IN
West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
US52 & Cumberland Ave, West Lafayette - IN.
East endpoint (#1) – Specific: 
Solders Home Rd. Trailhead
Direction to #2 from #1: 
South
Connection to bus, rail: 
Amtrak & City bus.
Notable Trailhead: 
Lindberg Rd. & Cherry Lane.
Near to US highways: 
I-65,ext 172 & IN26 W. to US52 to W.Lafayette
Lat. of Major TrailHead: 
Latitude:N 40° 30' 23.1307"
Long. Of Major TrailHead: 
Longitude:W 86° 50' 57.732"
Agency, Group Owned: 
W. Lafayette Parks & Rec.
Manager: 
Joe Payne
Address: 
609 W. Navaho Street – W.Lafayette, IN 47906
Mailing Address: 
same as the manager address
Telephone: 
765-775-5510
E-mail: 
jpayne@westlafayette.in.gov