The National Road Heritage Trail located in Terre Haute, Indiana, the county seat of Vigo county, is located in western Indiana. The trail mostly follows the abandoned railroad of Terre Haute, Brazil, and Eastern (also Vandalia), an east-west line which connected to Indianapolis. This is part of the National Road Heritage Trail initiative which will connect to Indianapolis and Richmond for a total of 150 miles.
Two trailheads anchor the eastern part of the trail. One is the historical Twigg rest area with parking lot, restrooms, and drinking water. This area lays along the South side of the National Road/US 40 (Wabash Avenue), immediately east of the US 40 bridge over the NRH Trail. The Jones Trailhead, the second, sets about 0.6 miles east of the Twigg, at the very East end of the trail on Chamberlain Road, about a quarter of a mile southward from US 40. The trail cuts through prestigious Rose Hulman Institute of Technology with its impressive large and small, older and newer buildings and sculptures.. The trail then continues by a cemetery, interesting neighborhoods, and a railroad crossing. This asphalt trail becomes a sidewalk for a short while at Blakely and Locust, which is another trailhead with a parking lot. West from Blakely the trail turns southward at 25th street. Continuing toward downtown, the trail, which is tree lined in places, traverses Centennial park, a warehouse, and an elementary school.
At 13th street, the trail becomes a bike lane, which continues westward on Spruce Street to Indiana State University, less than 1 mile away. Indiana State University is a larger state school with many buildings and facilities to note. A bikeway in 4th Street ends the National Road Heritage trail less than a half mile from downtown Terre Haute with its impressive court house and square.
Heading northwestward less than 4 miles from the Vigo County Court House, one can find St. Mary of the Woods all female private college. It was established in 1840 and has beautiful, large old buildings, and its own cemetery.