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2018 Progress and News

total 160 miles:  68 miles open, 84 miles preserved (52%)
central 100 miles:  58 miles open, 69 miles preserved (69%)
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Aug '18 People Pathways Opens Putnam Nature Trail Phase 2
Feb '18 Progress Across the State

Mar '18 Monthly NRHT, Inc. Bike Rides Planned

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August 2018
People Pathways Opens Putnam Nature Trail Phase 2

Tuesday afternoon, August 14, People Pathways formally introduced to the community and thanked the many partners who helped create the 2.6-mile smooth packed stone Phase 2 of the Putnam Nature Trail extending southwest from Limedale along the former Pennsylvania Railroad. The event at the CR 150 W trailhead drew a large crowd and included homemade hobo stew cooked on-site all day, the boys and girls track teams from South Putnam High School inaugurating the trail with a run from the southwest end of the trail, much happy networking by trail builders, trail users, local officials and trail supporters in general, and a fun speech by People Pathways Chairwomen Joy Marley on the history of how this wonderful new community amenity came to fruition and the people and groups who were instrumental in it. This is a great addition to the cross-state NRHT, being one of the most scenic segments of the overall initiative, plus provides cyclists a direct route to bypass 3.4 miles of precarious Manhattan Road between Greencastle and US 40.

More background on the event and trail was described in a Greencastle Banner-Graphic article.

Phase 2 is not yet connected to the 0.8-mile Phase 1 to the north that People Pathways opened 2 years ago, since these segments are currently separated by a low-traffic active railroad line in Limedale. Work is on-going to negotiate a future crossing.

February 2018
Progress Across the State

Many trail projects along the cross-state National Road Heritage Trail initiative are currently adding or upgrading miles.  This Spring, People Pathways will open 2 more miles of the Putnam Nature Trail (Phase 2) with a crushed stone surface southwest of Greencastle.  The city of Greencastle has begun clearing the route for its next 1-mile phase of the paved Campus Link Trail that will eventually extend across the entire city parallel to Veterans Memorial Highway.  Hendricks County Parks & Recreation is near completion of its upgrade of 4.5 miles of the rustic Vandalia Trail to paved.  Indianapolis Parks & Recreation is in the acquisition process of Pennsy corridor in the trail gap between Irvington and Cumberland, with plans to add some construction in 2019 as well as upgrade several sections of Pleasant Run Trail that year.  The volunteer group Pennsy Trails of Hancock County has completed acquisition of 1-mile of Pennsy corridor in the trail gap between Cumberland and Greenfield and plans to open it as a rustic trail in 2018, then upgrade it with an awarded TAP grant within 2 years.  Also in Hancock County, a consortium of 7 municipalities, Pennsy Trails of Hancock County, the Hancock County Community Foundation, and Hancock Regional Health launched in the past year creation of a formal countywide trail plan intended to connect all communities in the county.


March 2018
Monthly NRHT, Inc. Bike Rides Planned

NRHT, Inc. has planned a series of free monthly bike rides to explore the open sections of the cross-state National Road Heritage Trail and to enjoy the local culture of each area. Below are the dates that are set this Spring and summer and the maximum mileages. The out and back routes allow riders to choose shorter distances and still ride with the group. Most rides will include 2 trails connected by on-road sections of U.S. Bike Route 50 or proposed 50A.  Individual announcements will be made for each ride giving starting times and locations and more details on the surface types, etc.  For a preview, visit the NRHT maps page.

April 21 - Terre Haute/Vigo County (NRHT, ISU trails, Wabashiki Trail) [22 miles]

May 12 - Indianapolis (Pennsy Trail, Pleasant Run Trail, Indpls Cultural Trail, White River Trail, Eagle Creek Trail) [32 miles]

June 16 - Hendricks County (Plainfield & Hendricks County Vandalia Trails) [45 miles]

July 14 - Hancock County (Greenfield & Cumberland Pennsy Trails, Buck Creek Trail) [32 miles]

Aug 11 - Henry County (Raysville & Lewisville NRHTs) [19 miles]

Sep 22 - Putnam County (People Pathways, Vandalia Trail, Putnam Nature Trail) [30 miles]

  Henry County Henry County Hendricks County Brazil / Clay County Cambridge City Greenfield /
                          Hancock County Richmond / Wayne
                          County Indy / Marion County Greencastle /
                          Putnam County Terre Haute / Vigo