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Greenfield / Hancock County

In Hancock County and eastward the favored route of the NRHT is the former Pennsylvania Railroad corridor, which closely parallels the Historic National Road.  The well-established Pennsy Trail sections across Greenfield (5.5 miles) and Cumberland (3.0 miles) have demonstrated for the entire county the benefits of this type of amenity.  The not-for-profit volunteer group Pennsy Trails of Hancock County has also formed to promote and develop the other sections of the Pennsy Trail across the rest of the county, with the first mile of trail now open between CR 400 W and CR 500 W.

Hancock County open NRHT

Open Trail

A 5.5-mile paved trail exists across Greenfield.  A 3.0-mile paved trail exists across Cumberland, 2.0 miles of which are in Hancock County.  A 1.0-mile paved trail exists from CR 400 W to CR 500 W with the trailhead at CR 400 W.

Future Plans

The 1.3-mile section between CR 500 W and CR 600 W is funded with a state of Indiana Next Level Trails grant with construction planned to complete by the end of 2022.  The local 501(c)(3) volunteer not-for-profit organization Pennsy Trails of Hancock County has coordinated the projects in the unincorporated areas with the County Commissioners and is in the process of fundraising to help with the local matches for these projects and to enhance the future trailhead at CR 400 W.  The group is also researching potential for additional expansions in the future.

Features on or near the Trail

Greenfield Historic District
James Whitcomb Riley Museum
Cumberland's revitalized business district on the Historic National Road
Cumberland's 2.0-mile scenic Buck Creek Trail intersecting the Pennsy Trail



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