Indiana trail inducted into Rail-Trail Hall of Fame

The Cardinal Greenway Trail, which runs from Richmond to Marion, has been inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. (Courtesy of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
The Cardinal Greenway Trail takes users through cities, small towns and rural areas on its way from Richmond to Marion. The Cardinal Greenway Trail, which runs from Richmond to Marion, has been inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. (Courtesy of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
The Cardinal Greenway Trail, which was just inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, is named for a former passenger train line that operated between Richmond and Marion in east-central Indiana. (Courtesy of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
This historic train depot in Muncie is one of the points of interest along the Cardinal Greenway Trail. The Cardinal Greenway Trail, which runs from Richmond to Marion, has been inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. (Courtesy of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)

The Cardinal Greenway Trail in east-central Indiana has been inducted into Rail-Trail Hall of Fame by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), one of the nation’s largest trails organizations.

The trail was among five trails nationwide nominated for induction, and it won its spot in the hall of fame by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote total during public voting, an RTC news release said.

“The Cardinal Greenway captures the spirit of America’s greatest rail-trails — built upon strong community leadership and volunteerism, connecting the region’s picturesque rural landscapes, suburban communities and urban centers,” Keith Laughlin, RTC president, said in the news release. “Twenty-five years since the community came together around a regional economic development vision, the trail has proven to be a powerful asset that delivers.”

The Cardinal Greenway Trail runs nearly 62 miles from Richmond, near the Ohio border, to Marion, south of Fort Wayne, the news release said. The trail is named for the former passenger train route that connected those communities.

The trail, which has stone mileage markers placed every half mile, takes users through shady woods and scenic farmland, over rivers, and into cities and small towns, the announcement said. It currently is the longest railway converted to a trail in Indiana.

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For more about the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, visit railstotrails.org.

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