Big 4 Trail

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The Big 4 Trail—previously known as the Farm Heritage Trail—runs through a canopy of Indiana hardwoods, fields of corn and soybeans, and, at its northern end, passes over the scenic Sugar Creek on an iron bridge. The trail extends from Lebanon to Thorntown, following the former route of the Big Four Railroad, which began serving the region in 1852. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled this route on his way to his presidential inauguration.

The short portion extending north of Thorntown, which is occasionally referred to as the Keewasakee Trail, is paved. Currently, an equestrian path begins at Serum Plant Road, just south of Thorntown, and parallels the trail for 4 miles with more horse-friendly segments to come. Future plans also include extending the trail more than 40 miles to create a connection from the Zionsville Rail Trail to Lafayette.

Parking and Trail Access

The trailhead in Lebanon is located off of Sam Ralston Road. You can reach this trailhead by exiting Interstate 65 at State Route 32 and heading east. Sam Ralston Road is the first cross street; take it north past the Denny's restaurant for 0.5 mile to reach the trail.

The northern section of the Big 4 Trail can be accessed in the town of Thorntown. Parking is available at Lions Club Park just north of Main Street. The adjacent equestrian trail can be accessed off of Hazelrigg Road just south of Thorntown.


Lovely on big tires

   October, 2016 by fintone

The canopy of hardwoods, the beauty of farmland and the peace of solitude all await you here. Probably need something bigger than 23mm tires though. I rode this trail end to end on a fat tire bike and it was a little slice of heaven. read more

Big 4

   August, 2016 by ericcriswell

Overall a nice peaceful trail Went for a 10 mile ride (5 out and back) starting at Lebanon trail head behind Menards. First 2.5 miles are newly paved and we'll maintained, after that I would recommend off road bike. My remaining 2.5 miles traveling north more

Rough pavement south of Thorntown

   June, 2016 by doug526

I would not recommend this trail for road bikes. With a mountain bike or all-terrain tires you might be fine. If you start at Thorntown and head south, just after you pass the bridge the trail turns into very rough pavement and gravel, not crushed stone. more