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.
- 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?
Provide a resource to improve the health of our Hancock County residents.
Encourage a community asset in linking neighbors across our county.
Supporting the valuable environmental wildlife habitat along the trail.
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 west of Hancock, and Henry to east 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.
The majority of donations (with the exception of administrative costs) 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 adults, families, scouts, and students
- Protection of wildlife in the watershed
- A comfort station for trail users