Sugar Creek Trail

Indiana

Sugar Creek Trail Facts

States: Indiana
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 3.7 miles
Trail end points: Crawfordsville High School off SR 47 and north of Sugar Creek
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015869
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Sugar Creek Trail Description

The Sugar Creek Trail meanders on the southwestern outskirts of Crawfordsville through suburban back yards, wooded parks and cultivated fields. It follows part of an old Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway corridor, popularly known as the Big Four Railroad, that dates to 1868.

The paved trail, which doesn't follow a rail corridor at its southern end, begins behind Crawfordsville High School's entrance off State Route 47 and carries along a somewhat hilly route along SR 32, crossing over two bridges along the way. Turning north, a scenic stretch of trail winds through the woods across from RR Donnelley Book Publishing Service's massive Crawfordsville facility before ending, appropriately, at RR Donnelley Trailhead Park.

A short gap separates this portion of the trail from the historic rail-trail section to the northwest. Trail users can take Big Four Arch Road west and Schenck Road north to bridge the gap. At Schenck Road, the trail picks up the former rail corridor and heads west through dense woodlands, passing by Sportsmen's Club Lake and through the Rock River Trailhead along the way. After crossing the Nucor Bridge over Sugar Creek, the trail ends in peaceful forest south of Black Creek Valley Road; at this point, trail users must turn around and continue the way they came.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and trail access are as follows:

  • Crawfordsville High School: park at the rear of the school near the trail; restrooms available
  • Christ Lutheran Church: parking is permitted, as is use of their restrooms and drinking fountains
  • RR Donnelley Trailhead Park: 1100 Big Four Arch Road
  • Rock River Trailhead: 2722 Rock River Ridge Road; restrooms available

Sugar Creek Trail Reviews

I live 10 minutes from this trail and love to use it! it's very scenic and mostly paved. Many indigenous trees, wildlife, and of course beautiful sugar creek. Come visit!

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