Promoting Trails &
Greenways in Indiana

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2017 Indiana Trails Study Summary Report (PDF, 3.1 MB)

Eppley Trails Study 2017

Statewide trail mapStatewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 5 MB)

 
 
2020 Awards

Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Indiana Greenways Awards!

Outstanding Public Official
Dawn Ritchie
City of Fort Wayne

bicyclists on a trail

Towpath Trail, Fort Wayne

Outstanding Trail Advocate
Jeff Ray
Healthy Communities of Henry County

Man on a walking trail

Jeff Ray, National Road Heritage Trail, Raysville section. Photo by Darrel Radford, New Castle Courier-Times.

Outstanding Trail Group
Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association, Inc.

joggers on a trail

HARTA’s annual Zombie Dash, Huntington

Outstanding Corporation
Parkview Hospital
Fort Wayne

Parkview Hospital  
 

Outstanding Local Government
City of Carmel

trail tunnel

Monon Greenway, Carmel

Outstanding Trail Project
Lewis & Clark Trail
Clarksville

trail along Ohio River

Lewis & Clark Trail, Clarksville

Greenways Legacy Award
Eric J. Holcomb
Governor, State of Indiana

Next Level Trails

Next Level Trails is a trail-building fund established by Governor Holcomb.

Taking Trails to the Next Level

Thank you to all who attended and supported our virtual luncheon!

 
 

Trail of the Month

bicyclists on a dirt trail

Everyone in the Griffin family was an avid bicyclist and when U.S. Army Sergeant Dale Griffin died in Afghanistan, his parents and brothers decided to create a memorial to Dale in the form of a mountain biking destination for all to enjoy, aptly named Griffin Bike Park. Today, it offers more than 20 miles of bike trails for all ages and skill levels just a few miles south of Terre Haute as a part of the Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department, free to all visitors 24/7. Griffin Bike Park also welcomes runners and hikers, and its two core trails are extra wide to accommodate safe passing. The park offers a race series and fun event rides, and enjoys an active friends group that helps provide fundraising support as well as trail maintenance and development.

Griffin Bike Park web page

Griffin Bike Park Facebook page

mountain bike training course

Our Trail of the Month feature is sponsored by Citizens Energy Group.

 

Getting around

National Road Heritage TrailThe National Road Heritage Trail continues to expand, as outlined on the NRHT web site, with 2020 progress in several Indiana counties. Organizers and advocates continue to work toward a cross-state trail dream.

Cardinal GreenwaysOur friends at the Cardinal Greenway are getting some well-earned national attention for its new Kitselman Trailhead, soon to be formally dedicated. In related blueway trail news, Muncie removed two of its five lowhead dams on White River, making paddling safer and more inviting.

Karst Farm GreenwayConnectivity! Friends of Monroe County Greenways reports the Monroe County Council has approved funding for a connector trail from the Karst Farm Greenway to the in-city Bloomington trail system.

Pathways Over PoguesPogue’s Run Trail is getting revitalized, thanks to a neighborhood initiative called Pathways Over Pogue’s that is raising money to repair the historic 1903 Nowland Avenue Bridge, a classic example of the Luten Arch.

The Greenways Foundation awarded a grant to POP to help pay for the design phase of the project.

 
 
 
Next Level Trails, On Hold

The Greenways Foundation regrets that the next two rounds of the Next Level Trails program have been placed on indefinite hold. Hoosiers across the state are visiting our trails in record numbers during the COVID pandemic, taking advantage of the outdoors to improve both their physical and mental health.

Although we certainly respect the state’s fiscal situation, in light of the critical benefits trails provide, and especially magnified during this crisis, we hope Governor Holcomb will reverse course on his decision and award round two funding immediately and keep in place the summer solicitation plans for round three. We intend to contact the Governor and his staff about our request.

We encourage you and your organizations to also contact Governor Holcomb’s office to let him know how valuable this funding is to the quality of life for all Hoosiers.

Thank you for your support & Happy Trails,
President Mitch Barloga and the entire Greenways Foundation

 
 

Trail safety infographics

Download and use these infographics to educate local trail users in this age of Covid-19.

From the National Recreation & Park Association and the Rails to Trails Conservancy (PDF, 2.8 MB).

From the Greenways Foundation of Indiana (PDF, 342 KB).

 

Greenways Foundation Annual Report

2019 Annual ReportYou may download our 2019 Annual Report (PDF, 664 KB) or read the synopsis below.

The Greenways Foundation presented our 2020 Legislative Platform with the help of Indiana trail stakeholders. We continue to work with state legislators on funding the existing Trails Maintenance Fund, and sustainable funding for new trails when the Next Level Trails program is complete. The demand for trails in Indiana is strong!

In October and November, the Foundation partnered with the Indiana Parks & Recreation Assocation (IPRA) to conduct six Trail Town Workshops throughout the state. In all, more than 200 participants in Carmel, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Portage, South Bend and Terre Haute learned about this emerging national program, and strategies to promote trails in their communities. The Greenways Foundation plans to work with the IPRA and other agencies to promote Trail Towns as a designated program in Indiana during 2020.

Our state license plate accounts for our main source of revenue. At the end of 2019, there were 1,620 plates sold for a total income of $40,500. Those who buy plates become new members of the Foundation. Thanks to our state plates, we were able to award $30,477 in grants to four organizations in 2019! These include:

Financial Report 2019

Inflow $67,200
License plates 60%
Annual luncheon 33%
Donations 7%

Outflow $52,900
Grants program 77%
Fundraising 14%
— Luncheon venue, printing, marketing, conferences
Business expenses 9%
— Community engagement, accounting services, board insurance, reimbursements