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The Lafayette Linear Park is a paved trail on the southern side of Lafayette, Indiana. The trail occupies a rail corridor once used by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway (popularly known as the Big Four Railroad) and abandoned by Conrail in the 1980s. Clear evidence of Lafayette’s extensive rail history can be found today: the trail parallels an active Norfolk Southern line for its entire length.
Lafayette’s popular Armstrong Park is accessible via a short walk or ride east on the sidewalks along Beck Lane from the trail’s northern trailhead. The 30-acre park contains a playground, picnic shelter, tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, open space, an aquatic center and a large pond where fishing is permitted.
The Lafayette Linear Park is also the planned northern terminus of an extended Farm Heritage Trail, which will eventually run from Lafayette to Lebanon, over 30 miles away.
Parking for the Lafayette Linear Park can be found at Armstrong Park on Beck Lane. Do not cross the active railroad tracks to access the trail. Instead, travel west for two blocks on the sidewalk along Beck Lane to reach the northern trailhead.
I use this as a connector from Beck Ln to Twykiham to get to the bank. It's beautiful covered path. I realize there are houses on one side and the railway on the other but in a wheelchair it's kind if creepy if you're alone.
We live about a mile from the 18th Street endpoint, which makes this a very convenient trail for us. I love that it's so close to our home. It's always clean and mostly quiet. There is some nice artwork displayed along the way as well. I also love that this provides a safe way of biking to Armstrong Park, which is a great park on this end of town. And, you can take the bike to the video store, or to pizza, or to Walt's Other Pub, just off of 9th. Trail is very conducive to getting around this end of town by bike, thus getting us more active!
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