WELCOME TO INDIANA TRAILS!
The following trails have confirmed that they are open to Indiana Trails. If you feel the need to get out of the house, visiting one of the following trails can be a safe way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors - as long as you practice social distancing.
Evansville Trails Coalition
Fort Wayne Trails
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Monon Trail (central Indiana)
Monon Trail (northwest Indiana)
Nickel Plate Trail
Whitewater Canal Trail
In addition, Hamilton County has created a list of trails and parks that are open as they encourage citizens to get out and exercise responsibly.
If you are a trail manager and would like to confirm to us that your trail is also open, please send us a notice at . Thank you!
Indiana Trails Community is asking community members to send a letter to Governor Holcomb asking him to release funds approved by the legislature to be used to build trails. During the COVID-19 outbreak, trails were a vital tool used by Hoosiers to improve and maintain health. It is disappointing that the Governor would deny funds already approved for such an important tool. Click on this link to learn more about the issue and to send a letter to the Governor asking him to release funds that will help increase Indiana’s trail network.
CBS4 Marketplace Interview
Nickel Plate Promotional Video
TAKE TO THE TRAILS!
The American Fitness Index is an annual report on the fitness of the 100 largest cities in the United States of America by population. Their annual report was recently published and on their web page they included an article about the increased use of trails in the time of COVID-19. The author notes, as does Indiana Trails, that trail usage has drastically increased - people cooped up in their house with no gym to go to are finding an alternative in visiting their nearest trails. Of course, since this is a site dedicated to fitness, the article also talks about the health benefits of trail use over other forms of exercise. Click here to read the article!
MONON DEPOT IN BEDFORD ONE OF TOP TEN MOST ENDANGERED INDIANA LANDMARKS
The Monon Depot in Bedford is being sought by Indiana Trails Fund as a trail head for the Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway. Renovations of this depot would be sponsored by Indiana Trails Community as a part of a capital improvement fundraising program. Situated near the junctions of the east/west Milwaukee Road Railroad and the north/south Monon Railroads, this Depot helps to preserve our railroad history and serve a new life to those who hike the railbanked trails. Help us preserve this building by donating to the Indiana Trails Community.
STEVE OF PTSD-WALK MET WITH INDIANA TRAILS ON HIS WALKING TOUR TO PROMOTE PTSD AWARENESS
Stephen Myers, San Diego, is walking 6000 miles across the United States of America to promote awareness of PTSD and the long term effects of failure to treat this debilitating disease. While in the Indianapolis area, he met with Indiana Trails. We talked about the National Road Heritage Trail, as well as the dedication to take on long-distance trips such as this trip while walking or bicycling. Indiana Trails support’s Steve’s efforts to increase awareness of PTSD and his novel way of raising awareness. Steve believes he will need many pairs of shoes before reaching the 6000 mile mark! Please visit https://ptsd-walk.com/ to follow along or assist Steve in his awareness campaign.
INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION RELEASES DRAFT REGIONAL PEDESTRIAN PLAN
The Indianapolis MPO released a draft version of their Regional Pedestrian Plan. The plan focuses on increasing mobility for residents of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area as well as providing safe places for pedestrian interactions with vehicular traffic. The Indianapolis MPO is seeking input from the public before finalizing the plan. You can download and comment on the Regional Pedestrian Plan by clicking here.
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES WILL HOLD THEIR BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN INDIANA
The largest, most progressive, and comprehensive active transportation conference in North America, will take place at the convention center in Indianapolis on August 4-7, 2020. We are excited to see over 1,200 planners, designers, advocates, and public health professionals from the United States and abroad attend the Walk/Bike/Places 2020 conference in beautiful downtown Indianapolis. With conference tracks focusing on Infrastructure, Planning, Advocacy, Excellence, Health, Transit, and Place, we believe there is something for everyone who wants to see a trail built in their community! Click here for more information.
GREAT AMERICAN RAIL TRAIL IN NORTHERN INDIANA
The Indy Star has a great article about the Great American Rail Trail that will cross Northern Indiana. Indiana was one of the first states selected to be a part of the Great American Rail Trail and stakeholders were able to work with selecting a route that is beneficial to the communities it passes through and showcases the natural beauty of Northern Indiana. While much more work needs to be done, a lot of pieces are in place, and Indiana Trails highly recommends you read the article and visit this national trail!
AVON INCLUDES TRAILS IN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
Avon Magazine wrote an article about how the city is forward looking in its infrastructure development. Looking holistically at how to ensure residents can access all points of the city, trails has been an important part of the planning, implementation, and redevelopment of existing infrastructure. Read this article to see how Avon is thinking about all the different ways people need increased access to transportation.
INDIANA INSIDER BLOG LISTS 20 NATURAL WONDERS IN INDIANA
The Visit Indiana website is continuing to build their list of The 20 IN 20. This time, it is a list of 20 Natural Wonders in Indiana That Will Amaze You. While these sights are amazing, we here at Indiana Trails believe you can find amazing wonders right outside your door on your nearest trail. Not to mention that a lot of the wonders listed are accessible by taking a trail or are located near a trail. We encourage you to see the amazing sights that are in Indiana by exploring her natural beauty - especially if you can do so while on the trail!
TIPS FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
Gary Davis of Indiana Trails went on Fox 59 to talk about the benefits of getting out on the trails while practicing safe social distancing. Please do not feel that you must sacrifice your health and mental well-being during this stay-at-home order. If you feel well and do not exhibit any symptoms, there is no reason why you cannot leave your house and get out on the trails in order to exercise! View the interview here.
WHAT IS A JEEP DOING ON MY RAIL-TRAIL?
Jim Garlits, a member of the Board of Directors for Indiana Trails Community, writes about his experience of riding his bicycle along the Nickel Plate Trail between Peru and Kokomo when he comes across a Jeep in the middle of the trail! Read more about his adventure on our Articles web page by clicking here.
IU HEALTH BEDFORD USES DAY OF SERVICE TO BEAUTIFY THE MILWAUKEE ROAD TRANSPORTATION TRAIL
On September 13th, 2019, members of Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital took to the Milwaukee Road Transportation Trail to clean up, help maintain, and remove encroaching plants. The hope is that everyone, from individuals to families will utilize this wonderful community asset as a resource that will be used to improve health and wellness. Members of IU Health Bloomington Hospital recognize the inherent beauty in the Milwaukee Road Transportation Trail and hope it brings more people to Southern Indiana to experience the health benefits and beauty that nature has to offer.
90 MILE TRAIL BEING PLANNED ALONG THE WABASH RIVER
A new trail is being planned along the Wabash River, running from Covington to Logansport. The not-for-profit Wabash River Enhancement Corporation received a $35,000 grant from the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network in order to study the feasibility of building a trail that would connect communities once connected via the Wabash and Erie Canal. You can read more about this exciting development here.
INDIANA TRAILS CHAIRMAN LETTER TO EDITOR PUBLISHED IN IBJ
Chairman of the Board for Indiana Trails, Tom Williams, recently wrote a letter to the editor that was published by the Indianapolis Business Journal. In the letter, he shares his concerns with making the corridor a trail only corridor, and how a rail with trail solution would be not only be the fiscally responsible solution, but would allow popular tourist attractions, such as the State Fair Train, to serve Hamilton County residents. You can read the letter here.
PANHANDLE PATHWAY IN OUTDOOR INDIANA
The September / October 2019 issue of Outdoor Indiana carries a story on Indiana Trails’ involvement in developing the Panhandle Pathway, a rail trail in Pulaski and Cass Counties. The article describes the process of converting the railroad into a trail, with input from Indiana Trails President, Richard Vonnegut. To read, pick up the most recent issue of Outdoor Indiana at your local park, or subscribe to Outdoor Indiana at the DNR website.
INDIANA TRAILS PRESIDENT MENTIONED IN BICYCLE INDIANA ARTICLE
The 2019 Resource Guide published by Bicycle Indiana, has an article, “Nine Days Out” that mentions how the author, Mark A. Yeaton, bicycles USBR #35 from Louisville to Michigan. Prior to his ride, he reaches out to Indiana Trails President, Richard Vonnegut, to discover more about USBR #35, and even meets with Mr. Vonnegut when he passes through Indianapolis. The article is a wonderful description of his adventures as he rides USBR #35 through Indiana.
GOVERNOR HOLCOMB NAMES FIRST NEXT LEVEL TRAILS RECIPIENTS
On May 2nd, Governor Holcomb named the recipients of the first round of Next Level Trails grant recipients. You can view the speech to the left, or click here to read more.
INDIANA TRAILS HAS A NEW WEBSITE
Welcome to our new website. It is quite a milestone for us. We hope you like the new look! Over the next few months, we will be transitioning information to the new format, including updated trail, route, and map information. If you can't find the information you are looking for, you can visit the old site by clicking here.