The Pennsy Rail Trail is a multi-use trail that is ideal for runners of all fitness levels. Geared towards the new runner, the trail is fully paved and is open in three segments. The segments are broken down into the following:
- Eastern Side: This side of the rail links the neighborhood of Irvington with the local elementary school and the Indiana Department of Transportation. Pennsy Trail spans 1.2 miles in length.
- East Side: Also east of Indianapolis is the second section of the trail that is paved. The trail spans 3 miles and runs through Cumberland county. This trail is beautiful, and includes industrial properties, open farmland, railroad bridges and a wooded corridor.
- Third Segment: The final segment starts east of Cumberland county in Greenfield. The trail spans nearly 6 miles long, and passes through farmland and the Greenfield golf course. The trail also goes across the famous Brandywine Creek.
The trail is currently proposed to extend a full length of 9.5 miles. While all three segments of the trail exist, it is proposed to connect with the Pleasant Run Trail. Upon completion, the trail will be part of a much larger, 150-mile cross-state trail.
The National Road Heritage Trail will include Pennsy Trail and will run from Terre Haute to Richmond when it’s fully complete.
Many runners consider these trails to be a best kept secret due to the lower amount of foot traffic on the trails. You’ll find that the trail isn’t as frequented as others in the state, and it’s the ideal trail for beginners, although it does have its flaws.
An issue with many of the trails is that you’ll find rotting railroad lines and artifacts left behind by people, which isn’t too pleasant. But for the most part, the trails are very scenic, and with little competition, you’ll find the trails to be peaceful.