Shelby County and its county seat Shelbyville is truly an area that has “Pride in Progress!” Shelby County is home to one of the first trails in Indiana, Whetzel’s Trace built in 1818, the trail connects Laurel on the banks of the Whitewater River in Franklin County to Waverly on the banks of the White River in Morgan County. Shelby was also home to the first railroad in Indiana, built in the late 1830s, the railroad connected the Ohio River at Madison to Indianapolis. Branch lines from the railroad served Shelbyville on its way to Rushville in Rush County and Knightstown in Henry County. Shelbyville is home to the Grover Museum, a quaint downtown area including a public square, and many diverse parks. In the public square is a statue of Brent Balser holding up two bear cubs, Tom and Jerry, from the book, The Bears of Blue River written by Shelbyville native Charles Major.
Below are a list of trails and routes in Shelby County