Rails with trails are railroad corridors which contain a trail adjacent to the railroad tracks.  Economically speaking, this is beneficial to both the area served by rail, and the residents who can take advantage of the trail.  The trail does not necessarily need to follow the railroad side-by-side to be considered a rail with trail, as the trail can sweep away to avoid an obstacle, visit a specific attraction, or even provide space between the railroad and the trail.  Considered the best of both worlds, trails built next to rails generally have similar broad sweeping curves, gentle grades up and down, and are intentionally built to connect locations.

While there are many trails that remain adjacent to active railroad lines for extended distances (such as the Cardinal Greenway shown here), some trails may only run adjacent for short distances before taking a different course.

Below are a list of rails with trails in Indiana.




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