The Nickel Plate trail is the 40+mile railtrail corridor running from Cassville in Howard County to Rochester in Fulton County. This corridor was purchased from the Norfolk Southern Railroad via the Federal Railbanking program for the purpose of developing a trail for hiking, bicycling, and other non-motorized recreational uses. The trail currently goes through the communities of Cassville, Bennetts Switch, Miami, Bunker Hill, Peru, Denver, Deedsville, Birmhingham, Macy and Rochester.The Nickel Plate Trail is ideal for walking, hiking, running, bicycling, skating, or even cross country skiing. Overall it is comfortably wide, smooth, and maintains an almost unnoticeable grade.The trail follows what was once the Nickel Plate Railroad, running alongside and in places crossing over, Little Pipe Creek. The landscape surrounding the trail not only looks beautiful, but has the unmistakable fresh smell of the Indiana countryside. No matter how many times you visit the trail, there is always something new for you to find.As you explore the woodlands and wetlands you can see a wide variety of plant and animal life. Of interest is Scout Bridge, which crosses Little Pipe Creek, and an old dam with some historical interest, both of which are just south of the Wallick Road trailhead. South of Bunker Hill and to the east of the trail are some of the remains of the Union Traction railway, the electric interurban line that was abandoned around 1940.Well cared for, the Nickel Plate Trail is one of the nicest-looking trails in the midwest. The amazing sights, sounds and scents the trail provides make it much more than just a great place to visit, it’s an experience.
35 MILES OF PAVED TRAIL!
The Nickel Plate Trail has 35 miles of paved trail from Cassville in Howard County to Rochester in Fulton County. Work is ongoing to purchase the land in Peru from 7th St. to Lover’s Lane. In the meantime, here’s how you can navigate between the south and north sections: If you are approaching from the south, go to 7th St. and Walnut, take Walnut one block to 6th street, turn left on 6th St. and go to Water Street and turn left. Go to Harrison St. and turn left, go to Denver Pike and follow it under US 24 to Lover’s Lane and turn left. You will see the beginning of the north section a couple hundred yards ahead. There are painted markings on the streets to guide you.
If you’re approaching from the north, turn left at Lover’s Lane, take the first right, which is Denver Pike, going under US 24, to Harrison St. Take Harrison to Water St. and turn right. On Water St. ride to to 6th St, go right on Walnut one block to 7th St. and you will pick up the south section of the trail, which goes thru Peru, Bunker Hill, Miami, Bennett’s Switch and ends at Cassville. There are restrooms at any of the fast food restaurants in Peru.
NICKEL PLATE TRAIL NEEDS YOU!
The Nickel Plate Trail is looking for a few good men and women as volunteers. From beginning the process of building a trail in 1998 to the completion of 35 miles of paved trail in 2013, the main focus has always been getting as much usable trail as possible for residents of Howard, Miami and Fulton Counties. The focus is now turning to trail protection and maintenance. Toward that end, the current board, led by Mike Kuepper, President, is looking to expand membership and build a group of volunteers willing to take on a number of tasks.
The Nickel Plate Trail board is looking for volunteers or organizations to adopt a section of the trail and keep it clean and trail rangers to be available to users to render first aid if needed and ensure trail rules are followed. There are also volunteers needed to create and maintain a quarterly newsletter, maintain the NPT website, spray for weeds, sweep, and clear brush and fallen trees. Members can also donate to the trail maintenance fund through an endowment established in the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.
If you are willing to give a few hours of your time or just want to know more about the trail, please come and hear about the now and future plans for the Nickel Plate Trail.
Secretary, Nickel Plate Trail, Inc.
A Huge Thank You to Our Sponsors
Beacon Credit Union
Break-Away Bicycle Club Kokomo
Club Kokomo Road Runners
Comerford & Company
Dan Rush – Oldfather Realty
Dr. Rose Paul
Dr. Tom Guthrie, DDS
Dr. Zandi Dentistry
Drs. Hoover, Lorenz & Mull
First Bank of Berne
Fulton County REMC
Kewanna Metal Speciatlties
Fulton County Wellness Center
Gallahan Kwik Mart
Jeff Price Law Office
Paul Richard Chevrolet
Quality Plumbing & Heating
Smith, Sawyer, Smith Insurance
The Wabash Bridge is now open! Located behind American Trust and Family Dollar on Main Street.
Come check it out!
What Visitors To The Trail
Say About Us
We rode the trail from Bunker Hill to Peru. You all did a fabulous job. Well worth the drive from Indy.
I have ridden 2 segments of the Nickel Plate this summer. I enjoyed both very much. The trail was clean and well maintained. THANK YOU! Michael – South Bend
Rode the trail for the first time this weekend. Can’t wait to do it again. Hoping to cross country sky on it this winter.
I rode the Nickel Plate trail for the first time this past Saturday from Rochester to Peru and back and I have to say this is a must ride trail. What a beautiful ride. Much was under a canopy of trees which made the trip quiet enough for casual conversation with the other riders in the group. Next we’ll try the southern route.
Thanks to all who had a hand in this trail !!!!!!!!
Our small bike group, five women , rode the trail today from Peru to Macy and back. What a treasure! Wonderfully kept, even grade and not a pothole in sight. Great day to ride!
What a beautiful trail. We drove down from Michigan to ride the trail and we so impressed with it. It was well worth the trip and we hope to come down again next summer to ride it again. Thanks so much for the great trail ride!
Wow, what a nice trail. The only thing it is lacking is bathroom facilities along the way!
Loved the trail. We drove over from OH to ride the trail. We have been riding trails all over the country and the Nickel Plate Trail was one of the best. We will certainly recommend it to others!
It is always fun to come up from Indy to ride the Nickel Plate Trail.
Thank you for doing such a great job with the trail. It has helped me get into shape again. I am 70 years young and enjoying the trail a couple of times a week. I would like to see more benches along the trail. It would help to have a place to stop and rest.
I give the trail five stars! I plan on using it on a regular basis next summer.
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CIRCUS CITY CYCLISTS
The Circus City Cyclists Bicycle Club was formed to promote bicycling and the interests of bicycling and cyclists wherever possible.
Meetings are conducted normally the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Meeting location is First Christian Church, in Peru. A newsletter after the monthly meetings will be mailed or e-mailed to each member, or family, with updated ride schedules etc. Members are encouraged to contribute items of interest to the newsletter, including advertisements.
Bicycle rides are for everyone. Members will decide what kind, how long, and where to ride. Any member can plan a ride and/or be a ride leader. The total scheduled miles will be recorded for each member and may be used for a possible Awards Banquet at the end of each season. Helmets are required on all Club Rides.
For information on ride schedule for 2012 check the calendar page. Click here to go to their website. Circus City Cyclists
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