Promoting Trails &
Greenways in Indiana

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Statewide trail mapStatewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 11.3 MB)

 
 

National parks encourage bicycling

nationalParks-225Imagine bicycling or hiking the Grand Canyon Greenway to the South Rim or bicyling the loop road around Crater Lake. More and more people are doing that and the National Park Service is exploring even more options for visiting parks by bicycle. Crater Lake’s Ride the Rim experience draws 5,000 cyclists each year and Shenandoah National Park’s Ride the Drive event reached its 4,000-rider cap within hours of opening registration.

Such popularity is encouraging the NPS to expand its focus on bike safety, infrastructure, and bike camping: National parks promote bicycling to expand transportation options, Adventure Cycling Association, July 10, 2018.

 

Eppley Institute releases Indiana Trails Study

Eppley Trails Study 2017Thanks in part to a grant from the Greenways Foundation, the 2017 Indiana Trails Study compiles data gathered from trail users, non-users, and neighbors of eight trails in the Hoosier state. A team of researchers collected information about trail use, health factors related to trail use, and the economic impact of trails.

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

The study was conducted by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University’s School of Public Health. The Institute, working with guidance from an advisory group, chose eight greenways from around the state.

trails study mapIn-depth reports for each of the eight trails are available at the Eppley Institute web site. The trails include the Erie-Lackawanna Trail (Northwest Indiana), Rivergreenway (Fort Wayne), Pumpkinvine Nature Trail (Elkhart & LaGrange Counties), Monon Trail (Indianapolis & Carmel), Cardinal Greenway (Marion to Muncie to Richmond), Nickel Plate Trail (Kokomo to Peru to Rochester), Columbus People Trail, and the B-line Trail (Bloomington).

 
bicycle riders on a trail

We celebrated these trail heroes during our recent Greenways Foundation Luncheon:

Outstanding Public Official: Steve Morris — Director of the Division of Outdoor Recreation, IDNR (retired)

Outstanding Trail Advocate: Bill Adams

Outstanding Trail Group: Noble Trails, Kendallville

Outstanding Corporation: Fort Wayne Outfitters & Don Hall’s Catering

Outstanding Trail Project: Oak Savannah Trail Extension, Town of Griffith

Outstanding Local Government: Allen County Government

Greenways Foundation Legacy Award: Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), Merrillville

Individual stories will be posted soon.

2018 Trail Champion Sponsor

Butler Fairman & Seufert
 

2018 Trail Manager Sponsor

Citizens Energy Group

Trail Ranger Sponsors

Aqua Indiana Beam Longest Neff
 
Bowen Engineering Ice Miller Lewis Kappes Attorneys
Marion County Public Health Department NIPSCO
 

Trail Steward Sponsors

Hoosier Environmental Council Home Advisor HWC Engineering
Indiana Bike & Walk Summit Krieg DeVault