The Terra Haute segment of the National Road Heritage Trail runs for nearly 7 miles between the west end of Indiana State University campus downtown and Chamberlain Road behind Mewhinney Cemetery just east of Twigg Rest Area (US 40/Wabash Ave.). The trail is part of a proposed border-to-border trail, stretching between Terra Haute and Richmond, Indiana, which will eventually span more than 150 miles. The trail occupies part of the former Pennsylvania Railroad corridor, which closely parallels the Historic National Road.
The trail winds through Terra Haute, linking the campus with parks, neighborhoods, schools and businesses before heading east into a more wooded countryside with scattered farmland.
Another segment of the trail passes through Henry County
. In Greencastle the People Pathways
forms a segment of the National Road Heritage Trail. Through Indianapolis
it's part of the Pennsy Trail. In Hendricks and Putnam counties, the route is called the Vandalia Trail
There's a large paved parking lot at the current (2012) east terminus at Chamberlain Road. You can also park at Twigg Rest Area along US 40/Wabash Avenue, at the Sports & Recreation Center by Cook Stadium (Rose Hulman Institute of Technology campus; restrictions may apply) and off Spruce Street on the east end of campus (ISU). Check the ISU website
for other campus parking.
I just want everyone to know the trail has been extended (about a 1/3 of a mile). It now goes past Twiggs Rest Stop to the East and ends a Chamberlain road. There is a small parking lot, a short walking path, bike rakes and a water fountain at the Chamberlain ...