Plainfield Vandalia Trail Ride
written by Mary Ann Wietbrock
On the bright sunny Labor Day weekend, members of the Pennsy Trails of Hancock County Inc., #PennsyHancock, joined a group to ride the Plainfield Vandalia Trail. Greg Midley, President of the National Road Heritage Trail in Indiana, led the ride on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. We started at the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center and rode for 20 miles.
The Plainfield Vandalia Trail is part of the Pennsy Trails located on the west side of central Indiana. This section of trail is paved and open for 7.2 miles along the old rail bed of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The trail connects to points of interest and is accessible to many neighborhoods. We were able to ride for a full 20 miles using connecting sidewalks, parks, bridges, and tunnels.
The NRHT trail is a cross-state multi-use trail spanning over 150 miles linking 30 communities across Indiana. If you are interested, park to ride at the center located at 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield IN 46168. For more information on the National Road Heritage Trail, check out the website at www.nrht.org.
The Pennsy Trails of Hancock County Inc. is hosting a presentation of the history of the Pennsy Trails in Indiana on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 7pm. The presentation is open to the public and will be located in the Sugar Creek Firestation community room 3545 S 600 W, New Palestine, IN 46163. DJ Davis will discuss the history of the Pennsy Trails in Hancock County. Greg Midley will show slides of the state plans to connect the Pennsy across the state and include how the name Vandalia was added to the trail section in Plainfield. www.PennsyTrails.org.