Greenways & Blueways of NW Indiana

Greenways & Blueways of NW Indiana Northwest Indiana has an ever-growing network of both land and water trails. This page will provide regular updates on their continued expansion, associated endeavors and how YOU can get involved!

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is a multi-purpose, sub-state, area-wide planning agency. NIRPC was originally established as the Lake-Porter County Regional Transportation and Planning Commission in 1965, pursuant to State-enabling legislation. An amendment to this legislation in 1973 provided the Commission with its current name and allowed for the addition of new member counties. Under this provision, La Porte County joined NIRPC in 1979.

Operating as usual

There were a number of questions about the exact location of the new Singing Sands Trail in Michigan City. We hope this ...
08/24/2020

There were a number of questions about the exact location of the new Singing Sands Trail in Michigan City. We hope this map will help you understand the route, which in total is 4.2 miles, and utilizes an existing, but isolated, 1.1 mile trail which goes over Trail Creek. As the map shows, this will continue to connect eastward to New Buffalo as part of the three-state Marquette Greenway initiative. #MoreMiles

The first two phases of the Singing Sands Trail/Marquette Greenway underway in Michigan City! #MoreMiles
08/22/2020

The first two phases of the Singing Sands Trail/Marquette Greenway underway in Michigan City! #MoreMiles

CONGRATS to Schererville for officially opening the most significant segment to date on the Pennsy Greenway! (photo by T...
08/16/2020

CONGRATS to Schererville for officially opening the most significant segment to date on the Pennsy Greenway! (photo by The Times) #MoreMiles #GRTAmerican

Two great trails sessions - one low price - FREE!  Register today at matag.org.
08/11/2020

Two great trails sessions - one low price - FREE! Register today at matag.org.

It's happening! #MoreMiles
08/04/2020

It's happening! #MoreMiles

FYI!
07/21/2020

FYI!

Know an individual, organization, community, corporation, or project that has exhibited outstanding excellence in advancing greenways or multi-use trail development throughout Indiana? Then nominate them for an Indiana Greenways Award! Nomination open until AUGUST 1st and presented at our VIRTUAL luncheon on September 24th. Click for details here: https://www.greenwaysfoundation.org/awards2020.html

OPEN!  With the completion of paving at the railroad, the new three-mile section of the Pennsy Greenway between Schererv...
07/17/2020

OPEN! With the completion of paving at the railroad, the new three-mile section of the Pennsy Greenway between Schererville and Munster is now safe to ride through. Look for an official ribbon cutting next month - meanwhile go out and enjoy this beautiful amenity! #MoreMiles #RegionProud #GRTAmerican

Great news in Merrillville - drainage fixes and new lights at US 30 tunnel on Erie Lackawanna Trail!
07/14/2020

Great news in Merrillville - drainage fixes and new lights at US 30 tunnel on Erie Lackawanna Trail!

Great event happening in Hebron TOMORROW! #MoreMiles
06/05/2020

Great event happening in Hebron TOMORROW! #MoreMiles

TOMORROW! The event will be limited to the FIRST 100 participants, and MASKS MUST BE WORN! Looking forward to having you all join us for this historic event!

Congrats to the Town of Hebron! #MoreMiles #RegionProud
05/26/2020

Congrats to the Town of Hebron! #MoreMiles #RegionProud

SAVE THE DATE - MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW!

05/22/2020

Looks like new trails in Indiana will also have to wait through this crisis...

In response to the sharp decline in state revenues caused by the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Indiana today announced cost savings measures implemented across state government intended to preserve critical government services for Hoosiers. A copy of the press release is provided below.

In light of this, we regret to inform you that the 2nd and 3rd rounds of Next Level Trails funding are on hold.

We appreciate the effort and passion poured into each and every application submitted for consideration. Thank you for your dedication to improving access to trails in your community.

Thank you,
Next Level Trails Team

In Munster they are working to route 45th Avenue under the Canadian National (Grand Trunk) railroad.  This is a massive ...
05/15/2020

In Munster they are working to route 45th Avenue under the Canadian National (Grand Trunk) railroad. This is a massive project and involves a separate bridge for the Pennsy Greenway as shown in the green trail alignment. Work is scheduled to be completed by this fall.

The new segment of the Pennsy Greenway in Schererville is all but fully complete.  Although officially closed, many are ...
05/07/2020

The new segment of the Pennsy Greenway in Schererville is all but fully complete. Although officially closed, many are taking advantage of the finished sections. All that remains is a rail crossing highlighted in the last photo. This should be complete within the next month or two. #MoreMiles #RegionProud

Stay safe on our trails!
04/21/2020
GUEST COMMENTARY: Trails in the age of COVID-19

Stay safe on our trails!

With more people forced to work and stay at home, there has been a proportional increase of visitations to popular outdoor destinations as many seek physical activity to break away

There is a major uptick in trail use as people are more home-bound than ever before.  It is important to get outside, bu...
03/27/2020
Using Trails and Outdoor Spaces Safely in the Wake of COVID-19

There is a major uptick in trail use as people are more home-bound than ever before. It is important to get outside, but it's also equally important to keep safe distances when recreating. Please read this article on helpful tips...

It’s vital that people find ways to engage in physical activity during this time; the benefits to our immune systems and our mental health are...

Greenways Foundation of Indiana
03/11/2020

Greenways Foundation of Indiana

Know an individual, organization, community, corporation, or project that has exhibited outstanding excellence in advancing greenways or multi-use trail development throughout Indiana? Then nominate them for an Indiana Greenways Award! Nomination open until March 20th and presented at our luncheon next month. Click for details here: https://www.greenwaysfoundation.org/awards2020.html

Eric Oberg from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy talking about the Great American Raul-Trail - a national off-road system...
03/05/2020

Eric Oberg from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy talking about the Great American Raul-Trail - a national off-road system from coast-to-coast!

THIS Thursday!
03/02/2020

THIS Thursday!

As seen on the Erie-Lackawanna Trail...
02/24/2020

As seen on the Erie-Lackawanna Trail...

It's happening!  More to come...
02/14/2020

It's happening! More to come...

MEETING CANCELLED!  Due to the impending snow storm coming through, the Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee meeting tomorrow h...
02/05/2020

MEETING CANCELLED! Due to the impending snow storm coming through, the Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee meeting tomorrow has been CANCELLED. The next meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 5th.

Please join us for our next Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee meeting on Thursday, February 6th at 1:30 PM. There will be a special presentation by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on the Great American Rail-Trail, plus an update to a new United States Bicycle Route from Indianapolis to NW Indiana. This will be held at NIRPC offices located at 6100 Southport Road in Portage - see you there! #GRTAmerican #USBRS

Please join us for our next Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee meeting on Thursday, February 6th at 1:30 PM.  There will be a...
01/21/2020

Please join us for our next Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee meeting on Thursday, February 6th at 1:30 PM. There will be a special presentation by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on the Great American Rail-Trail, plus an update to a new United States Bicycle Route from Indianapolis to NW Indiana. This will be held at NIRPC offices located at 6100 Southport Road in Portage - see you there! #GRTAmerican #USBRS

10/23/2019
The Haute

Fantastic video on the impressive trails system in Terre Haute - worth a watch!

EPISODE 011: THE TRAIL SYSTEM

With more than 18 miles of paved trails, and even more nature trails, bike trails and footpaths, Terre Haute & Vigo County’s wide-ranging trail system will fit your lifestyle, and open your eyes to the beauty of our Indiana home.

Production support for this episode provided by Century Twenty-One Terre Haute, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Union Health, & the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

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Scenes from the Chessie Trail in the City of La Porte #MoreMiles #RegionProud
10/17/2019

Scenes from the Chessie Trail in the City of La Porte #MoreMiles #RegionProud

The Pennsy Greenway between Munster and Schererville is THIS close to completion - ribbon cutting news to follow soon! #...
09/19/2019

The Pennsy Greenway between Munster and Schererville is THIS close to completion - ribbon cutting news to follow soon! #MoreMiles

NIRPC is excited to partner with the Greenways Foundation by hosting a Trail Town Workshop, scheduled for October 31st -...
09/13/2019

NIRPC is excited to partner with the Greenways Foundation by hosting a Trail Town Workshop, scheduled for October 31st - more details on registration to follow soon.

We are excited to announce a series of workshops around Indiana highlighting strategies to make your communities more attractive to trail users. Please see the save-the-date flyer for workshops near you - more details to follow!

Fantastic day opening the newest bridge on the Erie-Lackawanna Trail in Hammond over Calumet Avenue!  Kudos to Mayor McD...
09/10/2019

Fantastic day opening the newest bridge on the Erie-Lackawanna Trail in Hammond over Calumet Avenue! Kudos to Mayor McDermott and City Engineer Dean Button on this great achievement 🚲🏃🏾‍♀️👍🏼

Come one come all!  The new Erie-Lackawanna Trail Bridge over Calumet Avenue opens TODAY during a ceremony at 3PM.  This...
09/10/2019
New Pedestrian Bridge Ribbon Cutting

Come one come all! The new Erie-Lackawanna Trail Bridge over Calumet Avenue opens TODAY during a ceremony at 3PM. This 600 ft bridge represents the fifth pedestrian & bicycle overpass in Hammond. Kudos to Mayor McDermott, Jr. bringing this long-needed safety and quality of life improvement to reality! #RegionProud

Please join Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and City Officials at Calumet Avenue and Conkey Street for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new pedestrian bridge on Tuesday, September 10th at 3:00 p.m. The five-span, 600-foot-long multi-use bridge is the fifth pedestrian roadway overpass in the City of....

Field trip in East Chicago scouting route locations for the Marquette Greenway just east of Indianapolis Blvd.  Land is ...
08/16/2019

Field trip in East Chicago scouting route locations for the Marquette Greenway just east of Indianapolis Blvd. Land is owned by NIPSCO and they plan to work with the city on making this critical connection.

Please consider helping our friends at Partners for Clean Air by liking their page - and then being part of a drawing to...
08/12/2019

Please consider helping our friends at Partners for Clean Air by liking their page - and then being part of a drawing to win this fabulous bike!

You could win this new bike by helping us reach our goal of 500 page followers! Like & share this post & invite your friends to like the page (not just the post!). Once we reach 500 followers, all followers will have a chance to win!

The Erie-Lackawanna Trail bridge over Calumet Avenue in Hammond is nearing completion - their fifth bike-ped bridge buil...
08/09/2019

The Erie-Lackawanna Trail bridge over Calumet Avenue in Hammond is nearing completion - their fifth bike-ped bridge built over roadways in the last eight years. Major kudos to Mayor Thomas McDermott and his great staff for this tremendous quality of life improvement for Hammond residents and visitors! #RegionProud

You like baseball and FREE bikes - well here's the event for you...TOMORROW!
08/03/2019

You like baseball and FREE bikes - well here's the event for you...TOMORROW!

Who wants to have a little fun at the ole ballpark with the chance of coming home with a brand new bike? We have some beautiful bicycles ready to give away TOMORROW at the Partners for Clean Air Day at Gary SouthShore RailCats! Thank you to our bike sponsors ArcelorMittal USA, Metro Recycling & Wilcox Environmental Engineering, Inc. for the donations! Get your Railcats tickets now! https://bit.ly/2SHY5Rw

Progress on connecting the Pennsy Greenway between Schererville and Munster - opening this fall! #MoreMiles #RegionProud
07/23/2019

Progress on connecting the Pennsy Greenway between Schererville and Munster - opening this fall! #MoreMiles #RegionProud

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6100 Southport
Portage, IN

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Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
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Saturday 08:00 - 12:00
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I’ve been riding my bike around and I see so many high line power lines and thought nipsco should make an access road/ bike path on the easements of this property. The bike paths that would exist if that happened would make it so much safer to ride.
Is there an updated comprehensive map available that show all of the improved trails?
Shout out to Town of Merrillville for paving their section or the Erie Lackawanna bike path! Great ride today!