West Lafayette began developing paved, shared use trails in the early 1990's, and, a few years later, joined Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, and Purdue University in preparing a community plan that included a commitment to developing a trail network to link neighborhoods, parks, schools, and businesses.
West Lafayette's trails system now has 27 miles of paved trails that connect with more than 10 miles of marked bicycle lanes. The Cattail, Northwest Greenway, and Wabash Heritage Trails have been designated National Recreation Trails by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Purdue University also has several bikeway segments on campus; the bikeways are not shared use. A Campus Bicycle Map is available at www.purdue.edu/bikes/images/page-images/Bicycle-System-Map.pdf. The University is also preparing a plan for future development of facilities for bicyclists on campus. Only paved, shared use trails and footpaths are shown on the Trail Guide map.
West Lafayette's trails system is managed by West Lafayette Parks and Recreation for year-round recreation and transportation use. Trailhead signs and information kiosks in several locations help provide information for trail users. Trail access information signs are also being added to help make touring the trails easier for everyone, regardless of physical capability.
The Trails Guide is available at www.westlafayette.in.gov/parks. Copies may be obtained from Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette (800-872-6648, 765-447-9999, www.HomeofPurdue.com), as well as in the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Office, Morton Community Center, and Lilly Nature Center. Information about approximate trail segment lengths follows.
Click HERE for a copy of the Trail Map. Click HERE for a copy of the Trail Map Guide.
|PAVED TRAILS||26.91 miles|
|Cattail Trail||6.80 miles||asphalt, 10' wide|
|Northwest Greenway Trail||8.43 miles||asphalt, 10' wide|
|Wabash Heritage Trail||4.28 miles||asphalt, 8' wide|
|Village Fitness Trail||1.86 miles||marked on sidewalks|
|Nighthawk Trail||.50 mile||asphalt/concrete 8'|
|Celery Bog Footpath||1.88 miles||primarily mulch, 6' wide|
|Hollowood Footpath||.08 mile||mulch, 2'/6' wide|
|Michaud-Sinninger Woods Footpath||.43 mile||mulch, 6' wide|
|Northwest Greenway Footpath||.87 mile||grass, 8' wide|
|Ravine Foodpath||.27 mile||mulch|
|Village Fitness Trail||1.85 miles||asphalt/concrete|
#4 (from Yeager Rd., along Northwestern Ave. & Sagamore Pkwy., to Cumberland Ave.; planned for construction in 2014) ~ .85 mile
#5 (from Lindberg Rd., to & along Cherry Ln. & McCormick Rd., to Pickett Park) ~ 1.60 miles
#6 (from Northwestern Ave., along Lindberg Rd., to US 231) ~ 1.30 miles
#10 (from Sagamore Pkwy., along S side of Cumberland Ave., & along Kent Ave., to just W of Yeager Rd.) ~ .60 miles
#11 (from Sagamore Pkwy. & Cumberland Ave., across Win Hentschel Blvd., to Kalberer Rd.) ~ .60 mile
#14 (from Trailhead Park, along S side of Kalberer Rd. & through N Cumberland Park, to Salisbury St., including a trail spur from S of Kalberer Rd. to Purdue Technology Centers) ~ 2.10 miles
#16 (from S of Kalberer Rd., through Cumberland Park & Amberleigh Village, including a short connecting segment of sidewalk, along Manchester St., to just N of Sagamore Pkwy.) ~ 1.35 miles
#17 (from Cumberland Ave., through Cumberland School, to LaGrange St.) ~ .30 mile
#23 (from Tapawingo Park parking lot to South River Rd.,) ~ .88 mile
#24 (from Tapawingo Park parking lot to the end of Tapawingo Dr., at South River Rd.) ~ .64 mile
WESTWAY TRAIL (along US 231): ~ 6.90 miles
#25 (from Sagamore Pkwy. to State St.) ~ 6.20 miles; ~ 3.10 miles along W side & ~ 3.10 miles along E side of US 231
#26 (from just S of State St. to Airport Rd.) ~ .70 mile; along E side of US 231
West Lafayette Parks & Recreation also manages more than five miles of footpaths. Improvements to the footpaths are periodically being made. Information about approximate footpath lengths follows.
FOOTPATHS: ~ 5.38 Miles
CELERY BOG FOOTPATH 1.88miles (a network of loops in the Celery Bog NA, providing connections between Lilly Nature Center, Scifres-Maier Woods, wildlife viewing decks, & Cattail Trail)
VILLAGE FITNESS TRAIL: ~ 1.85 miles click here for map (a marked route on sidewalks connecting Morton Community Center, Paula R. Woods Park,the track available for public use at West Lafayette HS, Happy Hollow School, & the Municipal Pool)
Start at Morton Center or the West Lafayette Public Library, proceed:
- North on North Chauncey
- East on North Street 1 block
- North on Salisbury 3 blocks
- West on Lutz to Vine
- North on Vine 4 blocks to Paula R. Woods Park, a nice place to rest after 3/4 mile stroll
- West on Lawn to Grant
- North on Grant to Meridian and West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School track
- North on Grant to Leslie
- East on Leslie, cross Salisbury to Kingston
- North and east around Happy Hollow School, past the pool, and around the 1/4-mile soft-surface, loop track east of the school
- Salisbury to Soldiers Home Road