July 2013

Bike/Ped Trail Reaches New Milestone - 12.3 Miles & Longest NRHT Section

During June, People Pathways constructed a new 0.75 miles of packed stone bike/ped trail surface (photos) from the Dixie Chopper factory to the center of Fillmore, filling the last gap in the 12.3 miles of signed bike/ped trail between Greencastle and Amo (local trail maps). This trail consists of 3 miles of natural surface between the towns of Amo and Coatesville, 8 miles of packed stone surface between the towns of Coatesville and Fillmore and the city of Greencastle, and 1.3 miles of paved surface in the city of Greencastle. With each town and the city offering places to visit and get food and drink, plus the diverse and interesting scenery along each section, this trail now has much more draw as a destination.

The Vandalia Trail now also becomes the longest continuous section of the cross-state National Road Heritage Trail that is currently open (state maps). The next longest section is the paved Indianapolis Cultural Trail and Indy Greenways across central Indianapolis at 8.2 miles, which is expected to grow another 3 miles in the near future.

Work still continues on upgrading sections in Coatesville and Amo as well as to extend the equestrian trail beyond Coatesville, so please return here and to the trail often to check on the progress.