City of West Lafayette, Indiana
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Happy Hollow Trail
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  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.

Trail Trek packets are available for those seeking a bit of adventure while using the trails system.  Click here for a Trail Trek form and below for a Trails Guide to assist you on your quest for 15 tags on the trails.  Follow the clues to find the tags and use a pencil to make a rubbing on your form.  Once complete, two wellness-themed phrases will be revealed.  Assembled packets are also available for pick-up at the Lilly Nature Center.  For more assistance in finding the tags, please click here.  Feel free to share photos of your adventures by tagging 'West Lafayette-City Government' on Facebook, tweet with #TrailTrek or @WestLafayetteIN.  Enjoy your trek!

The Trails Guide is available at  Copies may be obtained from Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette (800-872-6648, 765-447-9999,, 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 TRAILS26.91 miles
Cattail Trail6.80 milesasphalt, 10' wide
Northwest Greenway Trail8.43 milesasphalt, 10' wide
Wabash Heritage Trail4.28 milesasphalt, 8' wide
Village Fitness Trail
1.86 miles
marked on sidewalks
Nighthawk Trail.50 mileasphalt/concrete 8'
Westway Trail (along US 231)  6.90 miles
FOOTPATHS5.38 miles
Celery Bog Footpath1.88 milesprimarily mulch, 6' wide
Hollowood Footpath
.08 milemulch, 2'/6' wide
Michaud-Sinninger Woods Footpath
.43 milemulch, 6' wide
Northwest Greenway Footpath.87 milegrass, 8' wide
Ravine Foodpath
.27 mile
Village Fitness Trail
1.85 miles

CATTAIL TRAIL (6.80 miles)
The Cattail Trail and Northwest Greenway Trail are designated as National Recreation Trails. As part of the National Trails System, they are central features in the network of parks and open space. They provide healthy recreational experiences and encounters with the natural world.
#1 (from Sagamore Pwky., along Cumberland Ave., to US 231, including a trail spur to Wal-Mart; western part planned to open in 2014) ~ 1.32 miles
#2 (from Cumberland Ave. through Celery Bog NA, to Lindberg Rd.) 1.10 miles
#3 (from Lindberg Rd., along Northwestern Ave. & Yeager Rd., to Sagamore Pkwy.) ~ .63 mile
#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

#7 (from Navajo St. to & along Sagamore Pwky., to Clayton St., & just W of Soldiers Home Rd.) ~ .50 mile

#8  (from Sagamore Pkwy.,, along N side of Cumberland Ave., to Yeager Rd..) ~ .50 mile

      Northwest Greenway Trail by State Farm
#9 (from Yeager Rd., to Salisbury St.,) ~ .50 mile
#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
#12 (from Kalberer Rd. & Trailhead Park, across Morehouse Rd., to near Hadley Lake) ~1.03 miles     
#13 (through Trailhead Park & along N side of 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      
#15 (from Salisbury St., along Kalberer Rd., to Soldiers Home Rd.,) ~ .85 mile
#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

Top of Trolley Line Trail

#18 (from Indian Trial Dr. to Happy Hollow Park restroom) ~ .91 mile
#19 (from Happy Hollow Park restroom to East Shelter) ~ .34 mile
#20 (from Rose St. & Kingston Dr. intersection to the section of trail between Happy Hollow Park restroom & the East Shelter) ~ .22 mile
#21 (from  Happy Hollow Park's East Shelter to Fishtail Dance sculpture/Harrison Bridge ramp) ~ .74 mile
#22 (from Fishtail Dance sculpture/Harrison Bridge ramp to Tapawingo Park parking lot) ~ .55 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

(a  network of loops in the Celery Bog NA, providing connections between Lilly Nature Center, Scifres-Maier Woods, wildlife viewing decks, & Cattail Trail)

HOLLOWOOD FOOTPATHS: ~ .08 mile (a neighborhood access footpath connecting Hollowood St. to the Wabash Heritage Trail in Happy Hollow Park):     

Michaud-Sinninger Woods

MICHAUD-SINNINGER WOODS FOOTPATH: ~ .43 mile (a loop connecting to the Northwest Greenway Trail in Cumberland Park)

NORTHWEST GREENWAY FOOTPATH: ~ .87 mile (an undeveloped footpath along the drainage way between Morehouse Rd. & CR 100 West)

RAVINE FOOTPATH: ~ .27 mile (from Salisbury St. to the Wabash Heritage Trail in Happy Hollow Park - this footpath is closed for reconstruction)
Walk-in Entrance to Happy Hollow Park

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
After walking around the 1/4 mile track proceed:
  • 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
Sidewalk markers and 4 map information signs note the route.