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Terre Haute / Vigo County

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The original National Road Heritage Trail, created by the West Central Indiana Economic District, Inc. and the city of Terre Haute, inspired the route and the theme of the cross-state multi-use trail initiative.  The first section was opened in Terre Haute in 2001 along the Wabash River followed later that year by the 5+ miles of rail-trail along the former Pennsylvania Railroad corridor from 13th Street to the US 40 Twigg Rest Area.  A 2-mile section through the ISU campus was added in 2008.

Vigo County map

Open Trail

There are 11.0 miles of continuous trail open across central Vigo County.  7 miles of that are the NRHT across Terre Haute, through the ISU campus downtown along 4th Street to the eastern city limits past the Twigg Rest Area to Chamberlain Road.  Most of this trail follows the former Pennsylvania (previously Vandalia and most recently Terre Haute, Brazil & Eastern) rail corridor.  The NRHT forms the backbone of the Terre Haute Greenway System, including the Indiana Interpretative Trail, a unique one-mile trail loop around the Indiana State University stadium in the shape of the state of Indiana.  Around West Terre Haute, Vigo County Parks & Recreation has also developed the 2-mile packed stone Wabashiki Trail and more recently the 2-mile paved and boardwalk-style causeway trail that connects to Terre Haute along the Historic National Road.

Future Plans

The potential to extend east to Seelyville is currently under investigation.  A potential 7-mile separated path trail route from the Wabash River to the Illinois State Line was researched and highlighted by a civil engineering student design team at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Features on or near the Trail

Twigg National Road Rest Area
Hawthorn Park
Dobbs Park
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Indiana State University
Indiana Interpretive Trail
Children's Science and Tech Museum
Wabash River
DNR Wabashiki Fish & Wildlife Area