Greg Midgley has been involved in developing rails into trails projects for many years. Currently he is the President and Secretary of the National Road Heritage Trail, Inc. here in Indiana. At the B & O Trail Association Annual Meeting held February 18, 2013; Greg shared stories about the challenges of trail building and how those hurdles were innovatively (and mostly cheaply) solved. He also clarifies the fact that it is a collective creativity, with many groups and individuals working together to solve the problems. From removable bollards to re-purposing a rail road bridge for pedestrian and bicycle users to blending and separating equestrian users; Greg shows how it can be accomplished.
This shady, quiet trail is lined with trees, bushes, and native and rare wildflowers such as Horse Tail. The surface, except small segments of asphalt and gravel, is a soft, natural surface and perfect for walking, running, and mountain biking. It crosses a creek with a railroad bridge that adds to this trail’s scenic beauty. There is also a horseback riding trail adjacent. At both ends of the trail are convenience stores with restrooms, delis, and chairs and tables to eat, drink, or relax. The whole trail is very well-maintained.
The Friends of the Vandalia Trail meets on the 3rd Thursdays at 6pm in the Amo Interurban Depot, which is a red brick, 3 story building which was the old interurban station. It sets on the east side of Pearl Street, north of Clayton Road. Park near the Depot. Call Greg Midley at 317-503-1101 for agenda or other details. T o get to Amo follow the directions from both Rockville Road and from The National Road.
On the west side of Hendricks County, on US 36, aka Rockville Road, take State Road 75 southward to the Coatesville area, or in the southwest corner of Hendricks County, on US 40, aka The National Road, take State Route 75 northward to the Coatsville area, find County Road 450South (about a 1/4 mile north of Vandalia Trail). Turn eastward and take it 2.66 miles to the "T" intersection which is both County Road 500 West (on the left) and Pearl Street (on the right). Turn right onto Pearl Street and take it southward one half mile to the Vandalia Trail (Just beyond the trail is the "T" intersection with Clayton Road.) with the Amo Interurban Depot on your left. Park near the Depot.