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The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail currently runs for more than 2 miles through Niles, Michigan, on the eastern bank of the St. Joseph River. The trail occupies a former New York Central Railroad corridor, abandoned by Conrail in 1980. In fact, the large Riverfront Park in downtown Niles—through which the trail runs—was once a large rail yard for the New York Central Railroad and its immediate predecessor, the Big Four Railroad. A historical marker in the park commemorates the extensive local railroad past.
Riverfront Park offers a playground, pier, boat ramps, picnic shelters, charcoal grills and even an amphitheater where concerts are held throughout the summer. In the north, the trail ends at Plym Park, which provides playing fields and tennis courts. As the trail heads south from downtown, it leaves the river’s edge and ends at Niles’ southern city limits at Fort Street.
Plans call for the extension of the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail south from Fort Street through Niles Township, where it will use an abandoned Michigan Central Railroad corridor. At the Michigan–Indiana border at State Line Road, the trail will eventually meet a proposed northern extension of the LaSalle Trail, which occupies the same former railroad corridor farther south in Roseland, Indiana. When the entire trail is completed, cyclists, runners and other recreationists and non-motorized commuters will be able to travel seamlessly on a trail network from Niles, through South Bend, to Mishawaka.
Please use this form to notify us of any changes or updates that we need to make to the trail information on TrailLink for this trail. RTC staff will review your submission and contact you if there is any need for further clarification.