Panhandle Pathway

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Indiana's Panhandle Pathway links Winamac to Kenneth and communities in between, 21 miles of paved cycling, skating and walking. This spectacular rail-trail passes through bucolic Midwestern farmland, which seems to stretch across the horizon. Trail users will experience a unique and dramatic vista less than 1 mile south of the Winamac trailhead, where the trail crosses the Tippecanoe River.

This rail-trail follows the old rail bed of the Pennsylvania Railroad line (aka, the Pennsylvania Panhandle Railroad) southward across other waterways, including Mill Creek, Indian Creek, Crooked Creek and other smaller brooks. The trail also passes through the Wabash valley, Star City, Thornhope and Royal Center.

Trail users will find amenities in Winamac, Star City (no gasoline) and Royal Center, as well as picnic tables at the Royal Center trailhead and the end south of US24. Benches are provided all along the trail, and its terminus in Kenneth you'll find benches, picnic tables and a bike rack. As yet there are no restrooms or drinking fountains on the trail itself.

The trail is managed and maintained by volunteers with the Friends of the Panhandle Pathway. Future plans include adding interpretive signs, connecting the rail-trail to France Park (east of the Kenneth trailhead), connecting to the old depot in downtown Winamac, connecting to the Tippecanoe River State park and possibly connecting with other Indiana trails.

Parking and Trail Access

The Winamac (north) terminus is at the intersection of CR West 150 S. & CR South 50 E., off of US 35 just south of Winamac. The trailhead is visible from the intersection. Take County Road 150 E and turn west; the trailhead is on the south side of CR S 150 E and on the east side of S 50 E.

The Kenneth (south) terminus is at the intersection of CR West 50 N. & the Pathway. Turn north on CR 600 W. and go about 0.5 mile north; turn east on CR 50 N. and go about 0.5 mile to intersect the Pathway. The trailhead is on the northeast corner.

In Royal Center the trailhead is at the west end of Kramer Street on the south side of town.

In Star City the trailhead is on Key Street near Railroad Street.


Fun, Flat (Relaxing) Ride

   August, 2014 by rasteinin

Taking advantage of some cool (52 degrees morning) for July weather we loaded the bikes for the two hour drive from Indy to Royal Center to start our ride. Nice convenient parking lot at Royal Center right on the trail and we headed north for the 14.5 more

Flat Fifty

   August, 2014 by jwelhwel

I dubbed this ride the "Flat Fifty" for those of us who aren't up to the Brown County "Hilly Hundred". A great ride especially if you want to get a 'taste of No Indiana' it's mile after mile of soybeans, corn fields and grain silos. Local color stops more

Flat + Smooth = Great Ride

   July, 2014 by tlchester

Tried this for the first time and really enjoyed our ride. Parked in Winamac and rode the trail to the end. The trail is nice and flat and also the smoothest we have ever ridden on. Very scenic and the wildlife came out to greet us along the way - chipmunks, more