About

Pennsy Trails of Hancock County Inc.

The Pennsy Trails of Hancock County Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit run completely by volunteers. Our mission is to encourage the development of a walk/bike trail in Hancock County along the National Road Heritage Trail, and to raise and distribute funds to Hancock County for that sole purpose. We aim to enhance education, funding, and safety on the Pennsy Trail in Hancock County.

Main Functions

  • Identify proposed trail route with county planners
  • Meet and negotiate with potential trail property owners
  • Assist with funding purchase of trail property
  • Acquire right of way for the county to own trail route
  • Assist with funding trail construction
  • Consult with engineer on construction documents
  • Consult with environmental engineers to minimize impact
  • Coordinate efforts to build trail
  • Coordinate community and youth groups to maintain the trail
  • Communication with trail users in Hancock County

Why expand the trail?

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Health

Provide a resource to improve the health of our Hancock County residents.

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Community

Encourage a community asset in linking neighbors across our county.

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Preservation

Supporting the valuable environmental wildlife habitat along the trail.

Our History

The National Road Heritage Trail aims to be Indiana’s first cross-state multiuse trail with 150 miles from Terre haute to Richmond using the former Pennsylvania and Vandalia rail corridors, where possible, and closely following the Historic National Road US 40. Several segments in Central Indiana are called the Pennsy after the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. The Pennsy Trails in Hancock County group was established in 2013 to complete the missing 10.5 miles in Hancock County just east of Indianapolis, Indiana. This included a 4.5 mile gap between Cumberland & Greenfield, and 6 miles east of Greenfield to the county line.

Both Marion County to the east of Hancock, and Henry to west are also working to complete their segments of the National Road Heritage Trail which is now 47% completed across the state. The Pennsy route has been negotiated several times based on community input. Pennsy Trail updates are provided in public meetings, Greenfield Reporter, New Palestine Press, the Penny Trails web site, our Facebook page, Greenfield and New Palestine Chambers of Commerce, small group meetings, Pennsy events, local events, & posted in local businesses. Completing the Pennsy is a vital route in the Central Indiana Regional Bikeways Plan and the Hancock County Trails Plan.

Fundraising

100% of donations go directly to trail purchase and construction of the Pennsy Trails

In Spring of 2018 our group raised enough money and support for the county to purchase a new section between 400 West and 500 West. This property was made possible by Department of Natural Resources, The Town of Cumberland, Washington Village Apartments, the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation, and other proud donors. Your donation will help construct this newest segment, purchase new land, or fund trail amenities such as the Sugar Creek Watershed.

The Sugar Creek Watershed at 400 West Trail Head Project will provide funding for:

  • Pennsy Trail construction at 400 West Trailhead
  • Watershed education for youth and adults
  • Protection of wildlife in the watershed
  • A comfort station for trail users

Volunteering

We are looking for volunteers to help us with the following:

  • Soil and water conservation best practices
  • Control and manage wildlife, plants, trees
  • Consult with different environmental groups
  • Learn methods of environmental sustainability
  • Provide educational signs about the watershed
  • Plant trees, shrubs, plants and wildflowers along this section
  • Arrange education and playground materials
  • Use equipment to control invasive honeysuckle
  • Develop a water source for trail users
  • Write letters to different organizations
  • Organize a trail event
  • Assist with trail surveys
  • Provide community service through service learning

Interested in volunteering? Fill out this form and we will reach out with more information! Thank you for support Pennsy Trail!

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