White Lick Creek Trail – Plainfield
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