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Featured National Recreation Trails

A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


National Recreation Trails... America's great trails!

Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.

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The Central Canal Towpath Trail in downtown Indianapolis

B-Line Trail - 3.1-mile rail trail promotes recreation, fitness, and economic development in the heart of Bloomington (designated 2012).

Beyer Farm Trail promotes the educational, recreational, and health benefits of trails. It begins at the county hospital's campus and runs to Pike Lake Park, taking visitors along a boardwalk through a 60-acre urban wetland. As part of the larger Lake City Greenway project, the trail will connector the towns of Warsaw and Winona Lake (designated 2004).

Cardinal Greenway is a 30-mile rail-trail that is the state's longest linear park. The multi-use greenway is part of a 60-mile project that provides a key community connection to area schools, parks, and local cultural and historic resources. Trail users enjoy a number of activities including jogging, biking and wildlife viewing (designated 2003).

Cattail Trail is a four-mile urban trail and greenway (currently under construction) provides West Lafayette residents with a connection to the Northwest Greenway Trail, Celery Bog Nature Area, and Purdue University's Pickett Park. In addition to its natural features, the trail allows for recreational opportunities including biking, skiing, and skateboarding (designated 2003).

Central Canal Towpath Trail — This 5-mile trail follows a historic canal towpath dating back to 1836. It represents one of the few historic functioning canals and was designated as an American Water Landmark in 1971. In addition to its historical significance, the trail serves as a link to the Monon Rail-Trail and White River Trail and provides recreational opportunities including biking and cross-country skiing (designated 2002).

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A bridge on the Monon Rail-Trail


Delphi Historic Trails — A 7-mile multi-use trail system has been integrated into this historic community using canal towpaths, stream corridors, and abandoned railroads. The trails also include a section of the Wabash Heritage Trail, which is envisioned to follow along the Wabash River and span 19 counties (designated 2004).

Lake Michigan National Water Trail - Chicago to New Buffalo Segment Running through three States, the 75-mile segment covers Chicago’s lakefront in Illinois and the entire coast of Indiana to New Buffalo in Michigan, easily accessible to the more than six million people who live in the five counties adjacent to the trail (designated 2011).

Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage — This 6-mile trail and greenway is part of a planned 42-mile greenway trail system that will encircle Vanderburgh County and the city of Evansville. Bicyclists, hikers, and kayakers enjoy this scenic trail in an urban setting. The project has inspired thoughts of a future multi-county regional trail plan (designated 2004).

Pleasant Run Trail — This almost 7-mile trail connects Southeast Indianapolis neighborhoods to a variety of parks and recreational facilities. The trail runs along a creek and is a significant part of the Indianapolis greenways system. In addition to its natural resources, the trail also provides recreation for people who enjoy activities like fishing and biking (designated 2002).

Monon Greenway is a five-mile rail-trail and greenway that links Carmel's suburban neighborhoods with area businesses, the civic square and a planned Central Park. The greenway is a key part of a regional trail system and connects with the Monon Rail-Trail in Indianapolis. The trail has brought with it a sense of community and provides a peaceful setting in which residents can explore their surroundings while enjoying a walk or bike ride (designated 2003).

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The Rivergreenway along the Maumee River


Monon Rail-Trail — This 8-mile rail-trail provides a link between Indianapolis neighborhoods and downtown attractions including Indianapolis Art Center and Indiana State Fair Grounds. In 2000, the trail was named one of the ten best examples of landscape architecture in Indiana by the American Society of Landscape Architects (designated 2002).

Northwest Greenway is a five-mile trail that connects with a local trail system and on-road bicycle lanes, providing West Lafayette residents with a variety of recreational opportunities as well as alternative transportation, including a link to Purdue University. In addition to its natural features, the trail provides recreational opportunities including biking, skiing, and wildlife observation.

Ray Yellig Memorial Trail — This 1.2-mile double loop is centered on the Town of Santa Claus’ recreational facilities in Yellig Park. The Western Loop is essentially a zero grade, 0.75-mile loop through a forested wetland and includes an observation platform overlooking an established wetland area. The up-and-down Northern Loop travels through an upland hardwood forest, with three wooden bridge structures and a 50-foot elevation change between the trailhead and upper end of the loop (designated 2011).

Rivergreenway – This 23-mile linear park in Fort Wayne and New Haven is located along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph, and Maumee Rivers. The continued development of the Rivergreenway network and many additional trails within Allen County, Indiana, have been made possible through the grassroots efforts of local greenway advocacy groups (designated 2009).

White River "Wapahani" Trail — The almost 5-mile trail is part of a more than 20-mile greenway that will stretch throughout the entire Indianapolis metropolitan area. It plays a vital role in connecting area neighborhoods with colleges, regional parks, and downtown locations. In addition to its connectivity, the trail also provides scenic views and recreation for people who enjoy activities like canoeing and rollerblading (designated 2002).


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