Sugar Creek Trail Extension Opened

Sugar Creek Trail Extension Opened
Journal Review 6/16/2009
by Frank Phillips

Crawfordsville’s Sugar Creek Trail is 20 percent longer after an extension was opened Monday by Mayor Charlie Coons and Parks and Recreation Director Roger Neal.

The extension adds about 8/10ths of a mile, making the trail approximately 5 1/2 miles long, Neal said. The extension gives hikers and bicyclists access to the 40-acre mountain bike park located at the former Boy Scout camp.

The trail extension can be accessed at the Rock River Landing on Rock River Ridge Road, on the city’s west side.

The trail extension will be closed during deer hunting season as part of the agreement made with property owners to protect hikers and bicyclists, Neal said.

A gate giving access from Black Creek Valley Road will be kept locked. Crawfordsville police and fire departments have keys so they can enter the trail from that direction in case of emergency, Neal said.

Future plans are to pave the extension. Department of Natural Resources grant money may be used to improve the parking lot at the landing as well as building an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant canoe ramp on Sugar Creek.

“People will be able to lift themselves into and out of a canoe even if they are in a wheelchair,” Neal said.

“This extension shows our persistence and ongoing commitment to community recreation and economic development,” Coons said.