Trails in Indiana

B&O Trail

County: 
Hendricks, Marion
City: 
Brownsburg, Clermont, Indianapolis

 

Descriptions: 

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Development of the B & O Trail segment in Marion and Hendricks Counties has ramped up. After 16 or more years of negotiations with the CSX Rail Road, the purchase of 16miles of the B & O wrapped up in December, 2009.

May 11, 2010 witnessed groundbreaking ceremonies for the paving of three miles of the B & O from State Road 267 in Brownsburg, just north of County Road 350 North. The construction resulted from fundraising and trail design going on during the time of the purchase negotiations.

The new trail construction will also include building a bridge across the east fork of White Lick Creek, almost ½ mile south of the O’Reilly Raceway Park, formerly known as Raceway Park. The wooded area, bounded on either side by federally protected wetland will make a scenic promenade.

This three mile paving of the B & O eastward from State Road 267 in Brownsburg will end at County Road 300 North. Due to a gap in land ownership, trail goers will have to follow a mile long detour along 300 North eastward to County Road 1000, and then south one third mile until they link up with the B & O again and continue eastward on the trail the “end of the line” of pavement, at Raceway Road (County Line Road).

A green light atop a railroad semaphore marks the trail here, a former signal signifying “clear travel” to railroad engineers riding their magic carpet of steel. A similar semaphore will decorate the new trail head at State Road 267.

Across Raceway Road, or County Line Road, the unpaved part of the B & O continues eastward and through grass, but still accessible by foot, for about 1000 feet, unpaved, across Tansel Road through grassy fields in the Drakes Landing, a housing addition.
INFO
Type of Trail: 
Rail-trail
Mileage: 
3.1
Part NOT open: 
yes
Total Length of all segments: 
future 50-60 miles
Surface: 
pavemennt when open
Uses allowed: 
pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrains.
Wheelchairs allowed: 
Yes
Attractive Features: 
In the future: Will connect to Eagle Creek Trail, which connects to National Heritage trail, Montezuma a major port, end stops on Wabash &Erie canal, longest canal built in US.
West Endpoint – General: 
SR267
East endpoint – General: 
Raceway Rd(County Line)
Notable Trailhead: 
Other Trailheads at Rustic trail segments are at SR267, SR75 near North Salem
Near to US highways: 
I-465 &I-74(exit 16) take I-74 eastward about 1/3mile to first stop light, which is US136, Crawfordsville Road. Take US136 south and curve westward about 4miles to the stop-lighted intersection, at Clermont, with Raceway Road. Turn left/south. Go about a 1.5mile to rise in road, which is the B&O. Park on grass, off of road. Walk on layer of rough asphalt.
Lat. of Major TrailHead: 
39.814997 39N 48' 54"
Long. Of Major TrailHead: 
-86.326790 86W 19' 36.444"
Agency, Group Owned: 
B&O Trail Association
Manager: 
Diana Virgil
Address: 
6038 Walnut Court – Brownsburg, IN – 46112
Telephone: 
317-852-3838
E-mail: 
botrail@earthlink.net
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