Promoting Trails &
Greenways in Indiana

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Man installing a deck board on a wooden bridge

2013 Trail Advocate of the Year Greg Midgley “drives the golden spike” to complete decking of the Crittenden Creek trestle on the Vandalia Trail.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Greenways Foundation Annual Luncheon. The event featured the opportunity to “talk trails” with other greenway enthusiasts from around the state, be entertained by a speaker and learn about Foundation programs and statewide trail progress and issues.

As part of the program, we recognized some outstanding trail leaders for the state. We also want to thank all of our great sponsors!

Your support of the luncheon and throughout the year helps us to continue our mission. Please consider making a donation to the Greenways Foundation today.

Featured trail group

volunteers at work

The Panhandle Pathway is a 21-mile multi-use greenway from Winamac to France Park, just west of Logansport, and it has its Friends — literally. The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway believe their mission is to develop, manage and maintain this Northern Indiana trail and they back up that belief with effort and energy.

Photo: Panhandle Friends at work

Featured trails

trail users

The Whitewater River flows south through Eastern Indiana, creating a valley that is home to two trail systems that are long on historical significance.

Whitewater Gorge Park offers steep limestone walls, a swift stream and deep forest with miles of trail and spectacular views. The gorge played a central role in the rich history of Richmond, and today its paved and unpaved greenways offer peaceful beauty to trail users.

historical canal lock

Farther south, the Whitewater Canal Trail features the 19th-Century Whitewater Canal from Metamora to Brookville. The trail that follows the canal includes several locks and the only existing wooden aqueduct in the country, as well as the natural beauty of the broad, wooded valley and historical activities in Metamora.

Photo top: Whitewater Gorge Trail, Richmond; photo bottom: Yellow Bank Lock near the Whitewater Canal Trail

Court ruling has no impact for Indiana

Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States
“Under well-established common law property principles, an easement disappears when abandoned by its beneficiary, leaving the owner of the underlying land to resume a full and unencumbered interest in the land.”

On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a case involving a Wyoming rail corridor formerly on federal land that is now privately owned.

This decision doesn’t impact trails in Indiana. It primarily impacts rail corridors that were formerly on federal lands where the land is now privately held. Most rail corridors that are impacted are west of the Mississippi River and were acquired after 1875 by the railroads from the federal government to aid westward expansion.

Here in Indiana, most of the former railroad rights-of-way that were held in easement have reverted back to adjacent property owners. Trail advocates must purchase the land or an easement from these property owners in order to construct a trail.

The Supreme Court Decision: How Does It Affect Rail-Trails?” by Kevin Mills, Senior Vice President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, March 11, 2014

Court ruling in land dispute could threaten bike trails” by Richard Wold, USA Today, March 10, 2014