Industrial Heritage Trail

Indiana

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Industrial Heritage Trail Facts

States: Indiana
Counties: Howard
Length: 2.6 miles
Trail end points: Superior St. and Buckeye St. and Hampton Inn on US 31/S. Reed Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6738425
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Industrial Heritage Trail Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Industrial Heritage Trail Reviews

I have walked this trail many times just for the exercise. It is well kept, paved and level. Kokomo has done a lot for the trail system and I, as a senior resident appreciate it very much.
The trail intersects with the Walk Of Excellence trail which runs east and west and if you choose to do them both it will total more than eleven miles.
The IHT runs N. & S. and if you go the full length is almost three miles long. It goes past several of Kokomo's former industries, not many of which survived progress but it is still worthwhile to explore. And don't miss the downtown section with its new businesses and bricked paved walkways. Take a few minutes downtown to explore all the changes.
Please keep the trail clean and report all instances of vandalism which are many.

Since the City of Kokomo has finished it's work on the trail in Downtown Kokomo, it is much easier to follow the trail through the downtown area. The Nickel Plate Depot is absolutely beautiful. Spent quite a bit of time on all portions of the trail to include the walk of excellence through Foster Park. In addition, there are numerous geocaches to find along the IHT.

I had a hard time following the trail. It tends to end and you have to ride on streets looking for where it may pick up again. Once I picked it up I then found myself on another trail. Definitely have TrailLink on to know where to go.

Although I will have to go back to try to complete the trail downtown Kokomo is just absolutely beautiful which totally makes up for me missing the trail. I will revisit!!!

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