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. 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.
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 Zionsville to Lafayette.
Parking and Trail Access
The trailhead in Lebanon is located off of Sam Ralston Rd., a 1/2 mile north of the Denny's restaurant. You can reach this trailhead by exiting I-65 at Hwy 32 E. and turning north at the first cross road on Hwy 32 E. The northern section of the Farm Heritage Trail can be accessed in the town of Thorntown. Parking is at the Lions Club Park just north of Main St. in Thorntown. The adjacent equestrian trail can be accessed off of Hazelrigg Rd. just south of Thorntown.
I biked this trail from Thorntown South to Lebanon Sept 2012. It was a beautiful ride and we only encountered two others on the trail the entire day, even though it was a nice day. The only problem we had was finding the trailhead in Thorntown. We got ...
The I-65 bridge that runs over the trail is under construction. If you want to ride most of the trail, it is best to start in Thorntown. The bridge work should be done by the end of November 2012. The horse part of it starts off of Serum Plant Road. The ...
Nice ride, trail is kinda rough
Rode the trail today, March 20th 2012 started at the Lebanon Trailhead and rode the trail up to Thorntown. The trail has a lot of small gravel, cinder type surface, which makes it a little difficult to ride if you are not used to it. We stopped and ate ...