Work on Interstate 65 will mean a section of the Farm Heritage Trail from Sam Ralston Road to west of the highway will be closed indefinitely, but trail officials have an alternative.
The trail, which goes from Lebanon to Sugar Creek north of Thorntown, is part of a larger proposal that will eventually link Lebanon and Lafayette with a 60-mile-long walking and biking path converted from abandoned railroad right-of-way. Eventually, another trail segment linking Lebanon and Zionsville will tie the Farm Heritage Trail to the Nancy Burton Trail in Zionsville, and rail trails throughout Indiana.
Plans for that segment are being developed.
Richard Stroup, director of the Friends of Boone County Trails, a group that built the Sugar Creek-Lebanon Farm Heritage Trail path, is urging walkers and bikers to access the trail at Thorntown.
“The best place to access the trail close to Lebanon is in Hazelrigg, off County Road 300 North,” Stroup said. But parking there is extremely limited, and there are no facilities. “There is not a designated parking area; there is space to pull off and park, but I would highly suggest people go to Thorntown,” he said.
A shelter house, access to food and beverages, and to restroom facilities, are all available at Thorntown, Stroup said.
In an email to Friends of Boone County Trails members Friday, March 30, Stroup said, “For your safety, please avoid using the trail near the Sam Ralston Road trailhead in Lebanon.”
Stroup said there’s a treat for weekend bicyclists who use the trail northwest from Thorntown or southeast toward Hazelrigg and Lebanon.
Cyclists arriving at the Pan and Pantry at The Cottage on Pearl, 113 N. Pearl St., Thorntown, will receive a free, freshly baked cinnamon roll, with any purchase of $2 or more from the restaurant’s breakfast menu. The restaurant will be closed on Sunday, April 8, in observance of Easter Sunday.