Indiana’s longest span of recreational trails, the Cardinal Greenway, travels more than 62 miles through 11 towns in East Central Indiana, including Muncie, Richmond, and Marion. Although it’s a favorite among cyclists because it’s smooth and long with few interruptions, the trail is suitable for walking, running, biking, and roller blading. No motor operated vehicles are allowed, and it’s ADA accessible.
There are numerous trailheads with ample parking and restrooms, and there’s even a horse trail that connects to the Prairie Creek Reservoir horse trails in Muncie. Signature events along the Greenway are popular with visitors and locals, including the Muncie BikeFest and Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.
The Cardinal Greenway offices are housed in what used to be the Wysor Street Depot in Muncie. Built in 1901 to attract more passengers for train travel, it was “one of the most modern and substantial structures of its kind ever created by a railroad company in Indiana.”
The depot was built in the Victorian Queen Anne style, with wide white oak woodworking, maple floors, granite walls, and marble fixtures. Architect William A. Kaufman of Richmond designed the depot, and the company of Locke and Hill, also from Richmond, built the depot at a cost of $15,000.00. A “sister depot,” an exact replica of the Wysor Street Depot, was built in Richmond.
For more information, go to: www.cardinalgreenways.org