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Angola Trail

4.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Blue River Trail

2.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Cardinal Greenway

62 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Central City Trail

1.7 mi
State: IN
Concrete

DeKalb County Trail

4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Accordion

Decatur Greenway

3.8 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Heritage Trail (IN)

1.8 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Miami & Erie Canal Towpath

36.6 mi
State: OH
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Millrace Trail

2.75 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail

0.75 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pufferbelly Trail

1.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

17.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Rieke Park Trail

1.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Rivergreenway

24 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Shanklin-Mullet Trail

1 mi
State: IN
Crushed Stone

St. Joseph River Greenway

1.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

5.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Wabash Cannonball Trail (North and South Fork)

63 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Wilden Avenue Trail

3.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Winona Interurban Trail

3.14 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
For more than 4 miles, Angola's trail winds through the heart of the city, which sits in the northeast corner of Indiana, just 10 miles from the bordering states of Michigan and Ohio. The paved pathway ...
IN 4.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Columbia City’s Blue River Trail weaves throughout the small city along the banks of the Eel River, linking residents with schools, businesses, activity hubs and parks. The main trailhead, which offers ...
IN 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail-trail in Indiana, stretches more than 60 miles from Marion to Richmond along a former CSX railroad corridor. The trail takes its name from the Cardinal, the passenger ...
IN 62 mi Asphalt
Central City Trail runs right through the heart of the northern Indiana city of Goshen, connecting to the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail on its northern end and Goshen College on its southern end. In ...
IN 1.7 mi Concrete
The DeKalb County Trail was constructed in 1976 and is called Indiana's first rail-trail. It runs between Morning Star Rd. at the Greenhurst Country Club in Auburn and Cedar Street along Wayne Street at ...
IN 4 mi Asphalt
The Decatur Greenway is an extensive collection of trails linking parks and other amenities on the eastern side of Decatur, Indiana. Begin your journey at the loop around Adams Memorial Hospital, where ...
IN 3.8 mi Asphalt
The Heritage Trail is nearly a 2-mile path located in Kasciusko county. It is part of a larger multi-use trail called the Lake City Greenway. The trail is just off of Winona Lake and also incorporates ...
IN 1.8 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Miami & Erie Canal was built between 1825 and 1845, an engineering marvel stretching from Cincinnati to Toledo. This canal was heavily used until competition from the railroad caused the decline of ...
OH 36.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Millrace Trail meanders through wooded parkland on the west side of downtown Goshen, a walkable town itself with historical buildings and nice shops. The scenic trail follows the hydraulic canal between ...
IN 2.75 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Although short at less than 1 mile long, the Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail is well worth a trip. Located in eastern Wabash, the scenic loop trail winds through Paradise Spring Historical Park and includes ...
IN 0.75 mi Asphalt
The Pufferbelly Trail is currently open for less than 1.5 miles in two disjointed sections. The longer portion runs through neighborhoods and open fields from W. Wallen Road to W. Dupont Road in the northern ...
IN 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail covers more than 17 miles (with a short 1.5-mile section on rural roads) between the towns of Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. The railroad line between Goshen and Middlebury ...
IN 17.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Rieke Park Trail runs behind the large community park in Auburn, Indiana, on an abandoned New York Central Railroad corridor. The paved trail is shaded for most of its route, although it emerges into ...
IN 1.2 mi Asphalt
The Rivergreenway is a 24-mile linear park within the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven in Allen County, Indiana. The trail consists of three main branches along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph ...
IN 24 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Shanklin-Mullet Trail, named for the two parks through which it runs, follows the Elkhart River through dense woodlands on the western side of Goshen. Mullet Park is a peaceful 15-acre open space, ...
IN 1 mi Crushed Stone
The St. Joseph River Greenway begins on the southern outskirts of the small town of St. Joe, not far from the Indiana–Ohio border. The short paved trail (just over 1 mile long) runs through a scenic wooded ...
IN 1.3 mi Asphalt
When envisioning a canal towpath trail, most people probably picture a path surfaced with crushed stone where mules once led barges up an adjacent canal. Indeed, this is what once occupied the site of ...
IN 5.5 mi Asphalt
The Wabash Cannonball Trail in northwest Ohio is actually two trails in one: the north fork runs east–west for 46 miles and the south fork makes up the balance of this 63-mile trail. The trails converge ...
OH 63 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Wilden Avenue Trail stretches for roughly 3 miles from the northern Goshen city limits to the community's downtown. In the north, the trail is a direct continuation of the MapleHeart Trail (and is ...
IN 3.2 mi Asphalt
The scenic Winona Interurban Trail lies in the southeastern corner of Goshen near the Indiana–Michigan border. The paved pathway is part of the larger Maple City Greenway network that links neighborhoods, ...
IN 3.14 mi Asphalt

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Angola Trail

IN - 4.4 miles

For more than 4 miles, Angola's trail winds through the heart of the city, which sits in the northeast corner of Indiana, just 10 miles from the bordering states of Michigan and Ohio. The paved pathway ...

Blue River Trail

IN - 2.5 miles

Columbia City’s Blue River Trail weaves throughout the small city along the banks of the Eel River, linking residents with schools, businesses, activity hubs and parks. The main trailhead, which offers ...

Cardinal Greenway

IN - 62 miles

The Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail-trail in Indiana, stretches more than 60 miles from Marion to Richmond along a former CSX railroad corridor. The trail takes its name from the Cardinal, the passenger ...

Central City Trail

IN - 1.7 miles

Central City Trail runs right through the heart of the northern Indiana city of Goshen, connecting to the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail on its northern end and Goshen College on its southern end. In ...

Accordion

Central City Trail

IN - 1.7 miles

Central City Trail runs right through the heart of the northern Indiana city of Goshen, connecting to the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail on its northern end and Goshen College on its southern end. In ...

DeKalb County Trail

IN - 4 miles

The DeKalb County Trail was constructed in 1976 and is called Indiana's first rail-trail. It runs between Morning Star Rd. at the Greenhurst Country Club in Auburn and Cedar Street along Wayne Street at ...

Decatur Greenway

IN - 3.8 miles

The Decatur Greenway is an extensive collection of trails linking parks and other amenities on the eastern side of Decatur, Indiana. Begin your journey at the loop around Adams Memorial Hospital, where ...

Heritage Trail (IN)

IN - 1.8 miles

The Heritage Trail is nearly a 2-mile path located in Kasciusko county. It is part of a larger multi-use trail called the Lake City Greenway. The trail is just off of Winona Lake and also incorporates ...

Miami & Erie Canal Towpath

OH - 36.6 miles

The Miami & Erie Canal was built between 1825 and 1845, an engineering marvel stretching from Cincinnati to Toledo. This canal was heavily used until competition from the railroad caused the decline of ...

Millrace Trail

IN - 2.75 miles

The Millrace Trail meanders through wooded parkland on the west side of downtown Goshen, a walkable town itself with historical buildings and nice shops. The scenic trail follows the hydraulic canal between ...

Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail

IN - 0.75 miles

Although short at less than 1 mile long, the Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail is well worth a trip. Located in eastern Wabash, the scenic loop trail winds through Paradise Spring Historical Park and includes ...

Pufferbelly Trail

IN - 1.4 miles

The Pufferbelly Trail is currently open for less than 1.5 miles in two disjointed sections. The longer portion runs through neighborhoods and open fields from W. Wallen Road to W. Dupont Road in the northern ...

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

IN - 17.6 miles

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail covers more than 17 miles (with a short 1.5-mile section on rural roads) between the towns of Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. The railroad line between Goshen and Middlebury ...

Rieke Park Trail

IN - 1.2 miles

The Rieke Park Trail runs behind the large community park in Auburn, Indiana, on an abandoned New York Central Railroad corridor. The paved trail is shaded for most of its route, although it emerges into ...

Rivergreenway

IN - 24 miles

The Rivergreenway is a 24-mile linear park within the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven in Allen County, Indiana. The trail consists of three main branches along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph ...

Shanklin-Mullet Trail

IN - 1 miles

The Shanklin-Mullet Trail, named for the two parks through which it runs, follows the Elkhart River through dense woodlands on the western side of Goshen. Mullet Park is a peaceful 15-acre open space, ...

St. Joseph River Greenway

IN - 1.3 miles

The St. Joseph River Greenway begins on the southern outskirts of the small town of St. Joe, not far from the Indiana–Ohio border. The short paved trail (just over 1 mile long) runs through a scenic wooded ...

Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

IN - 5.5 miles

When envisioning a canal towpath trail, most people probably picture a path surfaced with crushed stone where mules once led barges up an adjacent canal. Indeed, this is what once occupied the site of ...

Wabash Cannonball Trail (North and South Fork)

OH - 63 miles

The Wabash Cannonball Trail in northwest Ohio is actually two trails in one: the north fork runs east–west for 46 miles and the south fork makes up the balance of this 63-mile trail. The trails converge ...

Wilden Avenue Trail

IN - 3.2 miles

The Wilden Avenue Trail stretches for roughly 3 miles from the northern Goshen city limits to the community's downtown. In the north, the trail is a direct continuation of the MapleHeart Trail (and is ...

Winona Interurban Trail

IN - 3.14 miles

The scenic Winona Interurban Trail lies in the southeastern corner of Goshen near the Indiana–Michigan border. The paved pathway is part of the larger Maple City Greenway network that links neighborhoods, ...

Angola Trail

IN - 4.4 miles

For more than 4 miles, Angola's trail winds through the heart of the city, which sits in the northeast corner of Indiana, just 10 miles from the bordering states of Michigan and Ohio. The paved pathway ...

Blue River Trail

IN - 2.5 miles

Columbia City’s Blue River Trail weaves throughout the small city along the banks of the Eel River, linking residents with schools, businesses, activity hubs and parks. The main trailhead, which offers ...

Cardinal Greenway

IN - 62 miles

The Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail-trail in Indiana, stretches more than 60 miles from Marion to Richmond along a former CSX railroad corridor. The trail takes its name from the Cardinal, the passenger ...

Central City Trail

IN - 1.7 miles

Central City Trail runs right through the heart of the northern Indiana city of Goshen, connecting to the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail on its northern end and Goshen College on its southern end. In ...

Accordion

Central City Trail

IN - 1.7 miles

Central City Trail runs right through the heart of the northern Indiana city of Goshen, connecting to the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail on its northern end and Goshen College on its southern end. In ...

DeKalb County Trail

IN - 4 miles

The DeKalb County Trail was constructed in 1976 and is called Indiana's first rail-trail. It runs between Morning Star Rd. at the Greenhurst Country Club in Auburn and Cedar Street along Wayne Street at ...

Decatur Greenway

IN - 3.8 miles

The Decatur Greenway is an extensive collection of trails linking parks and other amenities on the eastern side of Decatur, Indiana. Begin your journey at the loop around Adams Memorial Hospital, where ...

Heritage Trail (IN)

IN - 1.8 miles

The Heritage Trail is nearly a 2-mile path located in Kasciusko county. It is part of a larger multi-use trail called the Lake City Greenway. The trail is just off of Winona Lake and also incorporates ...

Miami & Erie Canal Towpath

OH - 36.6 miles

The Miami & Erie Canal was built between 1825 and 1845, an engineering marvel stretching from Cincinnati to Toledo. This canal was heavily used until competition from the railroad caused the decline of ...

Millrace Trail

IN - 2.75 miles

The Millrace Trail meanders through wooded parkland on the west side of downtown Goshen, a walkable town itself with historical buildings and nice shops. The scenic trail follows the hydraulic canal between ...

Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail

IN - 0.75 miles

Although short at less than 1 mile long, the Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail is well worth a trip. Located in eastern Wabash, the scenic loop trail winds through Paradise Spring Historical Park and includes ...

Pufferbelly Trail

IN - 1.4 miles

The Pufferbelly Trail is currently open for less than 1.5 miles in two disjointed sections. The longer portion runs through neighborhoods and open fields from W. Wallen Road to W. Dupont Road in the northern ...

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

IN - 17.6 miles

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail covers more than 17 miles (with a short 1.5-mile section on rural roads) between the towns of Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. The railroad line between Goshen and Middlebury ...

Rieke Park Trail

IN - 1.2 miles

The Rieke Park Trail runs behind the large community park in Auburn, Indiana, on an abandoned New York Central Railroad corridor. The paved trail is shaded for most of its route, although it emerges into ...

Rivergreenway

IN - 24 miles

The Rivergreenway is a 24-mile linear park within the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven in Allen County, Indiana. The trail consists of three main branches along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph ...

Shanklin-Mullet Trail

IN - 1 miles

The Shanklin-Mullet Trail, named for the two parks through which it runs, follows the Elkhart River through dense woodlands on the western side of Goshen. Mullet Park is a peaceful 15-acre open space, ...

St. Joseph River Greenway

IN - 1.3 miles

The St. Joseph River Greenway begins on the southern outskirts of the small town of St. Joe, not far from the Indiana–Ohio border. The short paved trail (just over 1 mile long) runs through a scenic wooded ...

Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

IN - 5.5 miles

When envisioning a canal towpath trail, most people probably picture a path surfaced with crushed stone where mules once led barges up an adjacent canal. Indeed, this is what once occupied the site of ...

Wabash Cannonball Trail (North and South Fork)

OH - 63 miles

The Wabash Cannonball Trail in northwest Ohio is actually two trails in one: the north fork runs east–west for 46 miles and the south fork makes up the balance of this 63-mile trail. The trails converge ...

Wilden Avenue Trail

IN - 3.2 miles

The Wilden Avenue Trail stretches for roughly 3 miles from the northern Goshen city limits to the community's downtown. In the north, the trail is a direct continuation of the MapleHeart Trail (and is ...

Winona Interurban Trail

IN - 3.14 miles

The scenic Winona Interurban Trail lies in the southeastern corner of Goshen near the Indiana–Michigan border. The paved pathway is part of the larger Maple City Greenway network that links neighborhoods, ...

Angola Trail

IN - 4.4 miles

For more than 4 miles, Angola's trail winds through the heart of the city, which sits in the northeast corner of Indiana, just 10 miles from the bordering states of Michigan and Ohio. The paved pathway ...

Blue River Trail

IN - 2.5 miles

Columbia City’s Blue River Trail weaves throughout the small city along the banks of the Eel River, linking residents with schools, businesses, activity hubs and parks. The main trailhead, which offers ...

Cardinal Greenway

IN - 62 miles

The Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail-trail in Indiana, stretches more than 60 miles from Marion to Richmond along a former CSX railroad corridor. The trail takes its name from the Cardinal, the passenger ...

Central City Trail

IN - 1.7 miles

Central City Trail runs right through the heart of the northern Indiana city of Goshen, connecting to the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail on its northern end and Goshen College on its southern end. In ...

Accordion

DeKalb County Trail

IN - 4 miles

The DeKalb County Trail was constructed in 1976 and is called Indiana's first rail-trail. It runs between Morning Star Rd. at the Greenhurst Country Club in Auburn and Cedar Street along Wayne Street at ...

Decatur Greenway

IN - 3.8 miles

The Decatur Greenway is an extensive collection of trails linking parks and other amenities on the eastern side of Decatur, Indiana. Begin your journey at the loop around Adams Memorial Hospital, where ...

Heritage Trail (IN)

IN - 1.8 miles

The Heritage Trail is nearly a 2-mile path located in Kasciusko county. It is part of a larger multi-use trail called the Lake City Greenway. The trail is just off of Winona Lake and also incorporates ...

Miami & Erie Canal Towpath

OH - 36.6 miles

The Miami & Erie Canal was built between 1825 and 1845, an engineering marvel stretching from Cincinnati to Toledo. This canal was heavily used until competition from the railroad caused the decline of ...

Millrace Trail

IN - 2.75 miles

The Millrace Trail meanders through wooded parkland on the west side of downtown Goshen, a walkable town itself with historical buildings and nice shops. The scenic trail follows the hydraulic canal between ...

Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail

IN - 0.75 miles

Although short at less than 1 mile long, the Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail is well worth a trip. Located in eastern Wabash, the scenic loop trail winds through Paradise Spring Historical Park and includes ...

Pufferbelly Trail

IN - 1.4 miles

The Pufferbelly Trail is currently open for less than 1.5 miles in two disjointed sections. The longer portion runs through neighborhoods and open fields from W. Wallen Road to W. Dupont Road in the northern ...

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

IN - 17.6 miles

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail covers more than 17 miles (with a short 1.5-mile section on rural roads) between the towns of Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. The railroad line between Goshen and Middlebury ...

Rieke Park Trail

IN - 1.2 miles

The Rieke Park Trail runs behind the large community park in Auburn, Indiana, on an abandoned New York Central Railroad corridor. The paved trail is shaded for most of its route, although it emerges into ...

Rivergreenway

IN - 24 miles

The Rivergreenway is a 24-mile linear park within the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven in Allen County, Indiana. The trail consists of three main branches along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph ...

Shanklin-Mullet Trail

IN - 1 miles

The Shanklin-Mullet Trail, named for the two parks through which it runs, follows the Elkhart River through dense woodlands on the western side of Goshen. Mullet Park is a peaceful 15-acre open space, ...

St. Joseph River Greenway

IN - 1.3 miles

The St. Joseph River Greenway begins on the southern outskirts of the small town of St. Joe, not far from the Indiana–Ohio border. The short paved trail (just over 1 mile long) runs through a scenic wooded ...

Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

IN - 5.5 miles

When envisioning a canal towpath trail, most people probably picture a path surfaced with crushed stone where mules once led barges up an adjacent canal. Indeed, this is what once occupied the site of ...

Wabash Cannonball Trail (North and South Fork)

OH - 63 miles

The Wabash Cannonball Trail in northwest Ohio is actually two trails in one: the north fork runs east–west for 46 miles and the south fork makes up the balance of this 63-mile trail. The trails converge ...

Wilden Avenue Trail

IN - 3.2 miles

The Wilden Avenue Trail stretches for roughly 3 miles from the northern Goshen city limits to the community's downtown. In the north, the trail is a direct continuation of the MapleHeart Trail (and is ...

Winona Interurban Trail

IN - 3.14 miles

The scenic Winona Interurban Trail lies in the southeastern corner of Goshen near the Indiana–Michigan border. The paved pathway is part of the larger Maple City Greenway network that links neighborhoods, ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Rivergreenway

Very scenic

February, 2017 by shena01

The path was well paved and the signs were visible. It was cool to go through downtown Ft. Wayne and see the historic fort. It was also nice to see the biking depot and some beautiful homes along the trail.

Rivergreenway

Fall Foliage Run

November, 2016 by streak1

Stayed at Holiday Inn Express across from Allen County Indoor Arena.Ran across pedestrian bridge over St Joseph River towards IUPFW campus.Initially went South towards downtown but trail eventually followed city road after about 3/4 mile.Turned around and went North past bridge through campus.Gorgeous route there!Leaves were peaking during visit.Would advise crossing bridge and just running through campus trail rather than going South from bridge.Enjoyed this run in Fort Wayne.

Cardinal Greenway

great ride

October, 2016 by skelgas

Excellent trail, we rode from Gaston to Richmond. SPENT the night at the very clean and quiet KOA IN one of their cabins. I think the only downside of the ride was trying to get thru MUNCIE. All blacktop surface makes a good ride. Lots of friendly people along the ride.

Accordion

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Parking in Shipshewana, Traffic in Middlebury

September, 2016 by twotandemfamily

We drove to the western terminus of the trail in Shipshewana, Indiana to begin our ride. The Pumpkinvine website recommends parking near the Pak-A-Sak convenience store/Marathon gas station, where there is plenty of parking for tourists in a large lot. The half mile ride on county road W 250 N to the beginning of the trail worried us; however, a paved Amish buggy lane is provided on both sides of the W 250 N outside of town, and we felt very safe on the road. It's essentially an Amish style 4 lanes wide "highway," with speed limited to 40 m.p.h.

We were also concerned about crossing State Route 13 in Middlebury; however, an excellent traffic light with crosswalk signals is installed, and we felt perfectly comfortable traversing the busy motorway with our children. And an underpass at US Route 20 eliminates any encounters with that road's heavy truck traffic.

Interestingly, we observed two advertisements directed to travelers on the trail, one listing a house for sale, another advertising stud services for a stallion with his pedigree listed. It is evident that this trail is handy and practical for local residents, which makes it even more enjoyable for a visitor.

Cardinal Greenway

Very Nice Trail

September, 2016 by nonfctr

I only had time to ride 5 miles at the head of the trail, but it is gorgeous.

Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

August, 2016 by negangardo

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

A Piece of Paradise

August, 2016 by augustabutton

I've ridden only a short part of this trail starting in Shipshewana over to Goshen several times and this section is a magical ride.
Smooth paved, flat and away from any main roads, it takes you through the heart of Amish countryside.
You come across a number of Amish and everyday riders and walkers and several times I've passed workers in the fields or kids in the gardens who are all pleasant and friendly.

Highly recommended if you are visiting the area!

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Very nice quiet trail. 6-25-16

June, 2016 by tommyspan

I rode this trail on a nice but pretty warm Saturday. There were not many people on it on the stretch where I rode, from Goshen to where you have to ride on the highway for a bit. Mostly paved(at least this portion), but starting from Goshen it was crushed stone for a while. The portion where you ride in wide open space with corn fields on both sides of you is spectacular. What I noticed more than anything throughout was how peacefully quiet it was. And in addition to seeing Amish/Mennonite(?) people and residences along the route, I did see those types using the trail also.

Millrace Trail

Nice little trail

June, 2016 by tommyspan

Good, short, gravel trail that runs along the Elkhart River. Goshen brewing Company is next to trail on Washington St. Good food.

Cardinal Greenway

June, 2016 by negangardo

St. Joseph River Greenway

A very nice walk

June, 2016 by tslattery42

Very well kept concrete walkway that winds along the bank of the river with some parts totally shaded and other parts edged by cornfields and in full sun. Bring the bug spray. Numerous benches along the 1 mile route for sitting and watching the river go by.

Cardinal Greenway

Excellent Trail - 4 out of 5 stars

June, 2016 by daytoncapri

LONG POST

I rode this on a Monday from the center of Richmond to the south edge of Muncie -- 40 miles -- and back for a total of 80. It's a very nice trail, the areas of concern for me reside in Richmond and content in the original description, otherwise I would rate this excellent. All of this ride, glitches included, was pleasant. Here's some background, the good, the bad, and the heads up report.

BACKGROUND
1) A great test for me. I rode this trail for a full one-day shakedown ride for a much longer multi-day trip that I will take later. I loaded the car with the bike, the rack, the bike trailer, the gps, drive the interstate etc...I was fully loaded for this test ride.

2) A great comparison to the SW Ohio trail system. Richmond is about an hour's drive from where I live in Dayton. Southwest Ohio (Dayton-Cincinnati-Xenia etc) has a very large and well-maintained bike way system: over 320 miles interconnected safe, hard-paved paths spanning the SW quarter of the state. I grade SW Ohio trails as "excellent."

Would this neighboring Indiana trail measure up? The answer is yes! This is an excellent trail!

The GOOD: The trail is very well put together. Hard-paved asphalt, remote from traffic most of the way. Bridges are restored with a decorative flare, nicely laid-out access parks with parking along the way. The access points have a consistent appearance, with wood encased and serviced porta-potties, attractive signage, historical markers, high-quality rest benches are set in concrete. One bench sits underneath a highway overpass...in the shade..which was greatly appreciated.

Indiana's hospitality is also very much in evidence. Drivers will smile and wave to you when you cross. It's easy to strike a conversation with locals, who are very appreciative of this trail.

The BAD:
1) OK, Trailink, where is it really?

Finding the trail in downtown Richmond was not intuitive or obvious, even with my GPS.

a) This spot from the description does not work: "In the heart of Richmond, you can park across from the playing field on Hub Etchinson Parkway."

Yeah, right. I did exactly that, assembled my bike and trailer, and then realized that the bike signage referred to the White River Gorge pathway, and I would have to go down a long length of steep steps. With my trailer attached, huh?

The trail at the bottom of the gorge may be part of the Greenway, but I prefer to think there's better access than going down steps along the side of a cliff.

I asked a local who was jogging up the steps if this is where I get on. He saw my rig and said No" and then directed me 2 1/2 blocks to the north to find the D street trail head.

b) This spot from the description also does not work:"Parking can also be found north of Richmond off Industries Road."

Nope, that's old information. That access is now blocked off to cars.

My Advice: Find The D street trailhead and park there, Alternatively, you can consider access points north of Richmond and I-75.

No point deduction for this as it does not reflect on the trail, but ... hey, local Richmond folks ... the trail-link write up needs an update.

2) Stay alert! Do not drift off the trail!

If you are a mountain biker, you've seen greater dangers, and this is trivial. If you have little kids on bikes, or if you ever stopped paying attention and drifted off the pavement, then read up.

a) Beware the berms.
For much of this trail, there is no flat, level berm on either side of the trail. You will not find, grassy edges that are routinely mowed. The trail itself is often elevated with coarse railroad ballast gravel on both sides. If you go off the edge, you will hit the gravel, you will go down.

b) Beware the cliffs in Richmond.
Wow! In Richmond, the trail goes along the edge of the Whitewater Gorge, which is really cool. But...if you go off the edge of the pavement, you may go over a cliff. Split-rail fences are positioned along that edge, but, in my mind, they give a false sense of security: if you go off pavement, the wide-gapped fence may not really catch you. You might just slip under the fence and over the cliff.

That being said, the trail is wide, you won't need to skirt the edges. Just be alert, don't be stupid.

Point deducted for safety concerns.

HEADS UP
1. It's uphill from Richmond. You might want to start in Richmond, as it will be joy ride coming back.

2. Bring your water bottles. Do not expect water at the access points. This trail runs through rural Indiana, where local residents are on private wells. I saw only one water fountain on the trail ...inside Richmond City limits. I packed 4 bottles, drank up 3 of them on a very warm day.

3. Few amenities along the way. The trail goes through tiny villages that time has largely passed. Don't expect to see refreshment stops. One exception is the Losantville gas station where you can find something cold, which was appreciated.

4. Very Sunny most of the way, but with some really nice long shady woods.

BOTTOM LINE: Recommended. Great trail!

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