Erie Rail Trail officially open in Huntington

People who love the outdoors nationwide kicked off the spring trail season as part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy’s sixth annual opening day.

Posted: Apr 7, 2018 10:05 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2018 9:24 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT)- The city completed both phase one and two of the Erie Rail Trail in Huntington.

To celebrate, they had a dedication.

Runners, walkers, and cyclists gave the trail a try Saturday morning.


"I brought my husband and my boys. My husband and I are both family physicians and we organize a monthly walk here in Huntington, and we move around to different trails," Janelle Maxwell-Pflieger said.

The Erie Rail Trail is now one of their places they plan to walk. To most, it sits in a convenient spot, and after Saturday the mayor of Huntington said he expects it to get a lot of use.

"It's right behind Huntington University. It's close to our hospital, and our YMCA," Mayor Brooks Fetters said.

He also said this trail  is a part of an 8 mile network of trails that they are 2/3rds away from finishing.

"This is one of our northern part sections that run south down on the Erie Rail bed. It connects with a little river trail along our river and it connects with the Old 24 trail going out to the obstacle course that the township has," he added.

The purpose of opening day is to get people pumped up about getting active in an outdoor space.

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