The National Road Heritage Trail (NRHT):
Indiana's First Cross-State Multi-use Trail Project
NRHT, Inc. was launched in June
2004 to support Indiana's first cross-state multi-use
trail project, envisioned to stretch 150 miles from
Terre Haute to Richmond using the former Pennsylvania
and Vandalia rail corridors, where possible, and closely
following the Historic National Road for much of its
NRHT, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit volunteer group consisting of trail and
National Road enthusiasts across the state whose
objective is to promote and facilitate development of
the trail. The more volunteers we have, the
more progress can be made.
us to get involved!
Mission of NRHT, Inc.
- To promote and facilitate development of
a multi-use trail for non-motorized travel closely
following the Historic National Road across Indiana.
What Have Other States Done?
state trail master plan shows 4 cross-state
Erie Trail (300+ miles)
-North Coast Inland Trail (150+ miles across
-North Country Trail (National Scenic Trail)
-Buckeye Trail (mostly on-road)
-OPRA staffs a dedicated greenways office
Trail (across Missouri - 200+ miles, developed
- White Pine Trail (Michigan - 92 miles,
developed by MI-DNR)
Illinois Trail (across Illinois)
Allegheny Passage (Pittsburgh to Cumberland,
- Florida, Nebraska,
Kansas, others have cross-state trails in the works
Who will Build, Own and
Manage the Trail?
It is anticipated that local
communities and individual counties will develop and
maintain the trail as pieces of their transportation
and linear park systems. State agency
involvement, such as INDOT or Indiana Dept of
Natural Resources, will also be encouraged. In
addition, NRHT, Inc will provide 501(c)(3) services
and hold property, assets, and trail liability
insurance where local options are not available in
order to help local organizations construct and
manage sections of trail.
How will the Trail be
NRHT, Inc. will work with
local communities to apply for funding for trail
segment construction via various federal, state, and
private grant programs. As the 501(c)(3)
partner, NRHT, Inc will manage private donations and
grants for local organizations where other local
options are not available.