Little Turtle Waterway - Logansport
This may not be the longest Indiana trail, but beside the Wabash River in Logansport lies the beautiful Little Turtle Waterway, a well-maintained, 1.3 mile asphalt path that follows the river with scenic views and history that make it a trail well worth experiencing.
Logansport is located at the confluence of the Wabash and Eel Rivers in north-central Indiana , an important place in this region for centuries, going back to the Miami Indians, the French and British exploits here, and ultimately, the evolution of the United States . The Wabash and Erie Canal and the railroad were important growth factors. Logansport also has a glacial prehistory, with mastodons and giant beavers among the inhabitants at that time. “Little Turtle” was a respected war chief and later peace advocate of the Miami , from whom the trail gets its name.
In the present day, the Little Turtle Waterway Plaza at Logansport (E Melbourne Avenue & S Fifth Street) is a trailhead for the Little Turtle, but also for future expansion of the trail system in the Logansport/Cass County region, which will include the historic Mill Race and Eel River Bluff Trails.You can park at the Plaza and at the depot on Melbourne Street , all within the heart of downtown Logansport .
The plaza has an impressive 32-foot gateway—a signal bridge from Logansport ’s railroad days. The plaza is also a gathering place for weddings and dinner theatres. In addition, there is ample outdoor art along with interpretive exhibits that depict environmental and cultural influences from the mix that is Logansport .
At the Plaza can also be found bike racks, benches, two stairways to the Wabash River , and a lower sidewalk along the river’s edge, which may be under water at certain times of the year. From the Plaza commence five blocks of this ADA-compliant pathway. The trail then passes through interesting neighborhoods and connects to bridges crossing the Wabash . Cass County Museum is within walking distance from the trail.
Volunteer workers have restored many native plant species along the way. At the east endpoint, near 5th Street , begins a dirt trail for walking or biking.
Logansport is the county seat of Cass County , with 21 different parks and recreational facilities which have golf, baseball fields, and swimming pools. Community events include A Taste of Cass County, the Independence Day celebration, Family Arts Festival, and a holiday festival of lights.