Kokomo's nickname is the "City of Firsts" and the Industrial Heritage Trail celebrates its progressive and inventive past with public art and signage highlighting the historic significance of some of the nearby factory buildings. It was here that the first successful test-run of the "horseless carriage" (the internal combustion engine) took place and where stainless steel flatware and the first mechanical corn picker, among other inventions, began.
This urban trail runs adjacent to an inactive rail line, stretching from a downtown trailhead at Wildcat Creek south to US 31/S. Reed Road. In the north, you can hop on the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence to trek east or west through Kokomo.
The trail is being extended from Wildcat Creek to connect with the Nickel Plate Trail. The city of Kokomo is currently refurbishing the old Nickel Plate freight depot in downtown Kokomo which will act as a trailhead and possible museum and commercial area.
Currently, only on-street parking is available with a plan to incorporate off-street parking at one of the trailheads in the future. The best locations to find on-street parking are Main, Union and Wheeler Streets.