Plainfield Trails

County: 
Hendricks
City: 
Plainfield

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Descriptions: 

 

 
This set of intricate trails connects many other trails as well as parks, outdoor ampitheatre, interesting bridges, and ball parks. The trail is lined with trees, bushes, and wildflowers such Lazy Susans. It leads to downtown as well as other notable areas. The pavement is very smooth, well-maintained asphalt, good for adults, children, and handicapped alike. It is to become part of the National Heritage Trail.

The Perimeter/Saratoga Bikeway, located in Plainfield, Hendrick’s County, just west of Indianapolis, commences at the north intersections of Moon Road (also known as C.R. 600 E. at U.S. 40) and Saratoga Parkway. Plainfield is a small but rapidly growing town that is very family-oriented and has much to offer. “Splash Island”, nearby to the trail, is a large, indoor and outdoor aquatics center. A Natatorium at Clark’s Creek Middle School is also open to swimmers and water lover’s (Notably, the Plainfield Parks and Recreation number is: 317-839-POOL). Plainfield also offers shopping, fuel stops, restaurants and many parks. In addition, nearby the starting terminus of The Perimeter/Saratoga Bike Trail is the large “Metropolis”, a modern outdoor mall offering shops, restaurants, boutiques, areas where outdoor concerts and special events take place. At Christmas, the Metropolis is all lit up with decorations and lights. A Santa even appears during Christmas shopping. Also, within close proximity of the trail, a large new high school as well as new hospital are situated.

The Perimeter/Saratoga Bikeway consists of a flat asphalt surface that is well maintained. The trail intersects with the well-known Vandalia Rail Trail shortly after its commencement. Its ending terminus is 1.6 miles north at Gibbs Road. The trail is an all-suburban area with nice housing additions. There are beautiful lakes and ponds with waterfowl. Much of the trail is lined by white picket fencing. Dog clean-up bags are available at the two crossings of the Vandalia Trail.
 
 
 
INFO
Type of Trail: 
Various
Total Length of all segments: 
Approx. 27 miles
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
walking, biking, rollerblading, wheelchairs.
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Attractive Features: 
Connects with various parks, outdoor ampitheatre, bridges.
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
W-Saratoga neighborhood/N.Vandalia Tr.
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
E-800 E.
West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
W-Vandalia Tr./S.-Friendship Gardens
Direction to #2 from #1: 
East/South
Notable Trailhead: 
Parking at all (many) parks, benches restrooms, water.
Near to US highways: 
West 40 to Vestal Road Right, 1/4 mile to Aquatics Ctr.
Agency, Group Owned: 
Town of Plainfield
Address: 
651 Vestel Road – Plainfield, IN 46168
Mailing Address: 
same as the manager address
Telephone: 
839-7665
E-mail: 
havefun@townofplainfield.in.us

Plainfield Trails System

Explanation: 

Bicycle tour on Plainfield, Indiana interconnecting forest, field, and urban trails, pedaling across wood bridges, around waterways to discover a shady spot on a hot day.

Time Length: 
12.02 minutes.
Location: 
Plainfield, Hendricks County - Indiana.
Year/Month: 

2010 / 09

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The script of Plainfield Trails System video by Richard Vonnegut

Welcome to Plainfield where the Vandalia Trail crosses Vestal Road.
This is at the Plainfield Aquatic and Recreation Center. From here we will begin a tour of various trails in Plainfield.
Beginning with the Vandalia Trail and running eastward downhill, a curve and hill, a straight stretch paralleling the old Vandalia Rail- road or Pennsylvania Railroad. we leave the line of the railroad and turn southward to the junction with White Lick Creek.
We are on the Westside, opposite Franlin Park, as we head south we're going to go under highway 40.
This is the old National Road and we will come upward and go by the new pedestrian bridge which goes into downtown.
Bearing right -- still following the river south we go along the State property for the old boys' school, the juvenile center, then we curve on an old bridge across White Leek Creek. It has a wonderful habitat of birds and animals. Lots of insects--it's wonderful to study during summer. We Cross the creek to enter Friendship Park. It has many different gazebos and other sites where weddings and celebrations are held. We turn onto Center Road Trail. It's something of a variation of White Lick Creek. It goes southward by Anderson Park. There is a skateboard area here.
From Anderson Park we head south again to Hummel Park. You follow the one-way path in a clockwise direction in order to pedal around the perimeter to the west side. You then come to a long, narrow pedestrians-only bridge crossing. This is called the Red Maple Trail. Once you get to the West side you find two trails. Here in Hummel Park many people go to the river to cool off and splash in the water. The first of the two trails is short, and it's the Cottonwood Trail. It runs to the north, it circles through woods on a rustic, scenic, quiet path that's far away from the city of Plainfield. The path is only about a quarter of a mile long, but it's certainly wonderful for taking the time to bike through those tiny tracks. We crossed back on a short bridge.But then we by-pass the long Red Maple bridge, bearing away from it on a southward trail, known as the Blue Heron. This track wanders through some fields, around some ponds. It ends up in a neighborhood section, but it parallels East County Road 500 South. This westward run gets on the highway and goes to a T intersection. Now we go north where we come to the Sugar Grove Trail. Sugar Grove goes through a neighborhood and ends at the same East County Rd 500 South. From this location we head back north. Some other neighborhoods are nearby,but then we come back to the Hummel Trail System. On this portion of the trail we are cycling more slowly through dense woods. It eventually brings us back to the main trail in Hummel Park. Hummel Park is actually owned by the Guildford Township, so it is a township Park. It's not part of the Plainfield park system, but it certainly is connected to and complements the overall Plainfield recreational and natural experience. Following County Route 600 South we come to Hadley Road and so to Reeves Road where Plainfiled High School is located. We head north on the Clark's Creek Trail through a field. You ride along the edge of the wood, then through a tunnel. This is all under Reeves Road, which is the school's main entrance way. The trail bends around north of the high school. There is a gap to cross. You go West on Reeves Road to Centre Street. We bike north to Stanley Road, where the Clark's Creek Trail picks up again. Continue on Southfield Road which is the Hendricks County Medical Health Center neighborhood. We follow the pathway to a tunnel under highway two-sixty-seven. Thanks to INdiana D-O-T it is an easy way to cross 267 to get to the east side of Plainfield. The site of Plainfield has been developed in an expansive sprawl manner.There are many shopping centers. There are commercial and warehouse buildings. You then go onto Metropolis Road where Clark s Creek Trail ends. You can keep biking north on Perry Road. Perry curves around to Township Road. That's where we pick up the Vandalia Trail. There's a trailhead here. We follow the Vandalia for about three miles or so. At this point we're biking South-west. The old Pennsylvania Railroad was an earlier name of the Vandalia Railroad. Now it's the Vandalia Trail. It crosses several highways and in this particular segment, it runs through sprawl areas in modern-style neighborhoods. You can find more access points here. Then, under Highway 267 again. The trail splits as it approaches Center Road. One way goes south and west to Franklin Park. Partly it follows the edge of the old right of way along the tree line. Then where a bridge was at one time, it drops down into a neighborhood, crosses Center Street and then goes on through the neighborhood. Finally, it comes to a small trail that curves between houses to Franklin Park from the north. Franklin Park is part of old Plainfield. From here we cross White Lick Creek again, and come to the junction with White Lick Creek Trail. If you turn north and follow the Vandalia Trail, around the curve, you go uphill and find yourself back at the Aquatic Center. It's also possible to go further west from the Aquatic Center.You bike about a mile-and-a-half to County Road 600 East. Plainfield's network of trails is this T-system with the Vandalia being several miles on the North side. There it runs west. Then you have White Lick Creek being something in the center of the T where it tracks South. And then they have a variety of trails on streets and roads, and bike ways, too, that form loops or connect with neighborhoods. All these interconnected ways create a wonderful way of providing transportation and recreation in and around Plainfield. In fact the Plainfield system is something of a model for other communities. Besides the Quaker influence Plainfield has been directly influenced by the airport. Land was not developed near the airport until recently.So that area has become housing. With the change of the airport, the east side of Plainfield will be redeveloped into hotels, car rentals, and other service businesses for the airport. Plainfield is large enough to provide plenty of services, for its residents and certainly for anybody travelling US 40 across Indiana. Plainfield is an excellent place to stop for its variety of shops, food service, and hotels. Most of them are near the interstate and not on US 40, although some of these are real true tales from the fifties are on U.S. 40. Plainfield is in Hendricks County but stretches right up to the edge of Marion County, where Indianapolis is located. The White Lick Creek model of the trail is being copied by the town of Avon. Avon is building part of the Vandalia Trail as well. Hopefully, it will connect with the White Lick Creek of Plainfield. Possibly that might even continue north into Brownsburg. If so, then Avon would connect with the B&O trail, which is another major Indiana trail. Plainfield is run by a city Council. The town has a city manager named Rich Carlucci. He's been the city manager for a number of years and he likes trails. So, his push for trails has been consistent and strong. You can say the extent to which trails are built, and the progress of the trail system, is evident in Plainfield because of Rich Carlucci. The Quaker influence is important. They were the group that Plainfield was named for, just plain folk. But nowdays, Plainfield has developed into a metropolitan religious center. The headquarters of the North American Islamic society is located here. Just on the north side of Interstate-70, one can see the mosque. Plainfield also embraces a wide variety of Protestant churches. This is an historic place as well. You have transportation in the form of the steam railroad. Settlement by the Quakers. The National Road. The airport, and there's another transportation system-the Electric Railroad with its palm building station.This has been refurbished. Another major element is the boys' school. It's now something of a law enforcement Academy. All state police go there for summary decree every year. They keep up their skills that way. On the Southside of Plainfield they have the Metropolis Mall. It is a very large mall. There's the Aquatic Center, which is a major recreational center, and it's the headquarters for the Parks Department facility. Plainfield definitely has a lot going for it and is an interesting place to visit.

 

 

 

Town of Plainfield = Great Quality of Life

Two years ago, we produced a video about the extensive trail system constructed in Plainfield, Indiana; a significant achievement for a small town. Since then, we have been curious about the effect on the community of this major effort and what new projects have been undertaken to keep developing this infrastructure. The discovery is quite remarkable; Greenways paved the ground on which to transform the way of life of an entire population.

Over the years, we have had a chance to talk to people from all over Indiana about trails and their impact on the economic, social and physical health of their city or town. What we have learned is that Indiana is putting forth huge efforts toward creating a green and friendly environment to entice corporations, businesses, and large segments of the population---particularly the Millenials---to move here. And what we are pleasantly realizing is that quality of life has become for the cities and towns of our State the key element for their future prosperity.

Plainfield, a town of 23,000 habitants, is a leader in this movement that began by creating a municipal team wholly supported by the population to build the town in an organic way.

The town has taken advantage of historic opportunities, “low hanging fruit,” and one huge facility addition that outstandingly has proven the oft quoted prediction: “If you build it, they will come.”

Several projects in the last few years have solidified the ability of the residents to connect with one another. The participatory decision-making process enabled all of the citizens to feel that they had a hand in making Plainfield a better place to live.

After the conversion of the historic Vandalia railroad corridor to a rail trail and the addition of the White Lick Creek Trail, the town has built a robust trail system that encircles the city and provides linkages to other east west trails and destinations.

The next natural step has been the creation of the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center, 651 N. Vestal Road, a place for a variety of physical activities, but also a social point of reference for all the citizenry. The town recently added the adjacent Splash Island Family Waterpark a 187,308 square foot outdoor facility. The success of this center is in its numbers, 500,000 visits per year!

The arguably easy projects that could deliver more “bang for buck” for connecting and unifying the city were identified through a town-wide sidewalk and accessibility assessment. Short distance gaps and missing universally accessible sidewalks locations were determined and prioritized for construction. The city also funded the US 40 Streetscape Master Plan. The document identified the historic character of the city and provided design guidelines to maintain this unifying, overall identity along America’s and Plainfield’s Main Street; the Old National Road. Current projects in developing a more livable environment include building accessible side-walks with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps at each street crossing, remodeling Plainfield’s downtown through façade and street improvements, and wisely prioritizing the maintenance of these structures including the Aquatic Center.

In less than a decade Plainfield has achieved the goal to be a sustainable alternative to what bigger cities offer; a place to call home with a great quality of life and efficient management by leaders constantly mindful of the needs of the population. Plainfield epitomizes a successful experiment; a reference for what the little towns and even bigger cities in Indiana can do: to efficiently interpret all the changes that the green wave of a healthier, active and simple way of life is bringing.

Article by GM/Jones

Vandalia Rail Trail Plainfield

County: 
Hendricks
City: 
Plainfield
INFO
Type of Trail: 
Rail-trail
Mileage: 
4.60
Surface: 
asphalt
Uses allowed: 
walking, biking, wheelchairs, etc.
Wheelchairs allowed: 
yes
Attractive Features: 
Interesting bridges, parks, outdoor ampitheatre, to become part of National Road Heritage Trail.
West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
County Rd 500 East, Plainfield IN
East endpoint (#1) – Specific: 
Township Line Road, Plainfiled IN
Direction to #2 from #1: 
West
Notable Trailhead: 
parking at Franklin, Splash&Island, Friendship, Swinford, Hummel parks, Saratoga neighborhood.
Near to US highways: 
US40 West-Vestal Road Right, 1/2 mile down at Aquatics Center.
Major Trailhead: 
Franklin Park
Agency, Group Owned: 
Town of Plainfield
Address: 
651 Vestal Road – Plainfield, IN 46168
E-mail: 
town of plainfield web-site

White Lick Creek Trail – Plainfield

County: 
Hendricks
City: 
Plainfield
Descriptions: 
The White Lick Creek Trail in Plainfield provides rural and urban scenery which gives way to residential subdivisions and commercial development. The trail is winding in places with straight ways and some hills. It begins at the Vandalia Trail and runs southward to Hummel Park and an area neighborhood

The trail crosses and parallels White Lick Creek with beautiful wood and steel bridges, including a very large historic steel truss bridge. The trail crosses or parallels some beautiful tributary rivers, streams, creeks and drainage ways, offering many scenic views. The trail also crosses the old electric rail line of the Terre Haute Indianapolis and Eastern. Evidences of this corridor are visible from the trail.

Various trails connect with or cross the White Lick, including the Vandalia as well as shorter trails, such as the Maple Trail and the Blue Heron Trail where one can actually see blue herons, and other birds. The White Lick Creek also passes through many well-maintained city parks and nodes such as Hummel Park. This park offers a marked, divided walking/biking trail that loops around the park, gazebos, picnic tables, and at Christmastime, lights and decorations. Friendship Park, connected to the White Lick with a rescued, historic iron truss bridge, has gazebos, picnic areas, and a waterfall. Also along the White Lick Creek Trail is the Hendrick’s County Parks Department which offers many special events. Though the White Lick Creek Trail is only 2.1 miles, if you include it’s various side paths like the ones in the parks, it is 15+ miles in length.

Just a short ways west of The White Lick Creek along the Vandalia, there is “Splash Island” a large indoor and outdoor aquatics center, and there is a Natatorium at Clark’s Creek Middle School. (Notably, the Plainfield's Parks and Recreation number is 317-839-POOL.) In addition, there are many other interesting developments and neighborhoods along the way of the White Lick Creek Trail. The trail also passes through Plainfield offering shopping, fuel, restaurants. In addiction, nearby part of the trail is the large “Metropolis”, a modern outdoor mall offering shops, restaurants, boutiques, areas where outdoor concerts and special events take place. At Christmas time Metropolis is all lit up with decorations and lights. A Santa even appears during Christmas shopping. From the trail can be seen a large new high school as well as a new hospital. There is even a skateboarding park connected to the trail.

At this time, there is a detour at the National Road for a short distance. The detour follows Mill Street, the old route from Danville to Mooresville. Hit the White Lick Creek Trail and be surprised by all it’s offerings!

By: Kim Muller



INFO
Type of Trail: 
Greenway
Mileage: 
1
Part NOT open: 
no
Surface: 
Asphalt
Uses allowed: 
walking, biking, running, hiking, rollerblading
Wheelchairs allowed: 
Yes
Which uses NOT allowed: 
Motorized vechiles
Attractive Features: 
Connects all the major parks to one another including Splash Island Water Park, outdoor amiptheatre, , skate park, allows for several things to do within a short distance, historic iron truss bridge connects to Friendship Gardens
North Endpoint – General: 
Franklin Park
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
Franklin Park where it meets up with Vandalia Trail near the Rec Center
South Endpoint – General: 
Friendship Gardens
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
South of Center Street on Christin Court
Direction to #2 from #1: 
Northwest
Notable Trailhead: 
Friendship Gardens, Franklin Park, Swinford Park
Near to US highways: 
North on South SR267 until it intersects with East Main Street in Plainfield, Turn southwest on South Main Street until North Center Street, Go North on North Center Street until West North Street, Turn West on W North Street and Park.
Major Trailhead: 
River
Lat. of Major TrailHead: 
White Lick Creek T.-Plainfield
Agency, Group Owned: 
Town of Plainfield
Manager: 
Clay Chafin
Address: 
615 Vestal Road Plainfield, IN 46168
Mailing Address: 
615 Vestal Road Plainfield, IN 46168
Telephone: 
(317) 839-7665
E-mail: 
cchafin@town.plainfield.in.us