Indiana map

State Coordinator – Northern Route
Mitch Barloga
Transportation Planning Manager / Active Transportation Planner
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC)
6100 Southport Road
Portage, Indiana 46368

State Coordinator – Southern Route 

Indiana Trails c/o Richard Vonnegut
PO Box 1688
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1688
Wk: 317-237-9348

General Overview of Trail
Indiana is known as the “Crossroads of America” because of its central location. The American Discovery Trail offers a diverse, interesting, and challenging route for hikers, bikers, and other trail users as they cross Indiana on either the northern or the southern route of the ADT, which together total 616 miles. The Northern Midwest Route of the ADT goes 250 miles northwest from Richmond across the great Midwestern Corn Belt to the more industrialized region south of Gary. The Southern Midwest Route of the ADT follows 366 miles along and just north of the Ohio River through the Southern Hills region, the only part of Indiana that the glaciers did not reach.

Although Indiana’s weather ranges from cold, snowy winter days to hot and humid ones in the summer, its weather overall is considered temperate with few days being extreme. Expect showers in spring and cool, crisp, sunny days in the fall.

The most up-to-date, detailed trail directions are published in the ADT Data Books.

For county maps, contact:
Indiana Department of Transportation
Print Graphics
9900 Westpoint Drive, Suite 106
Indianapolis, ON 46256
Phone: 317-842-3191
Angela Powers, Cardinal Greenway
Phone: 765-287-0399

Maps of Knobstone & Adventure Hiking Trails
Knobstone Trail Maps can be purchased at the DNR customer service center.
The maps are $4.00 each and include shipping.
They are 24”X36” on waterproof paper and are printed in full color.
Also, you can download the pdf files that are about 7.0MB by visiting our website at:

DNR, Customer Service Center
402 West Washington St. Room W160
Indianapolis IN 46204-2739
(317) 232-4200 or (877) 463-6367
(8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon – Fri, except holidays)
Or you may complete your transactions in person at the location above.

Detailed Trail Description — Northern Route
There are three segments totaling 250 miles, mostly paved rail bank trails and rural roads:

  • Ohio state line to Marion — 86 miles
  • Marion to Rochester — 67 miles
  • Rochester to Illinois state line — 97 miles

For more details on the Northern Indiana route, click here.

Affiliated Trails

  • Whitewater Gorge National Recreation Trail
  • Cardinal Greenway
  • Erie Trail-North Judson
  • Nickel Plate Trail
  • Sweetser Switch Trail (connection between cardinal Greenway and Nickle Plate)
  • Dearborn County Trail


  • Clark State Forest
  • Harrison-Crawford State Forest
  • Hoosier National Forest


  • Tippecanoe River State Park
  • Summit Lake State Park

Points of Interest

  • Bass Lake State Beach
  • Jasper-Pulaski State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Lake Manitou
  • Frances Slocum State Recreation Area
  • Grissom Air Force Base Museum
  • Circus Museum-Downtown Peru
  • Lake Bruce
  • Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve


  • NW Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Detailed Trail Description — Southern Route
There are six segments totaling 366 miles, mostly trails and rural roads.
Ohio state line (Greendale) to Clifty Falls State Park — 70 miles
Clifty Falls S.P. to Deam Lake Campground — 54 miles
Deam Lake to Corydon — 48 miles
Corydon to St. Meinrad — 96 miles
St. Meinrad to Evansville — 65 miles
Evansville to Illinois state line (Wabash River) — 33 miles

For more details on the Southern Indiana route, click here.

Affiliated Trails


  • Clark State Forest
  • Harrison-Crawford State Forest
  • Hoosier National Forest


  • Burdette Park
  • Clifty Falls State Park
  • Lincoln State Park
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • O’Bannon Woods State Park

Points of Interest

  • Holiday World Amusement Park
  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site
  • Col. Williams Jones State Historic Site
  • Pigeon Roost State Historic Site
  • Hill Forest State Historic Site
  • Wyandotte Caves
  • Hovey Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Corydon Capitol State Historic Sites
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
  • Madison National Historic Landmark District

Trail Organizations

Media and News

Adjoining Trail States:  IllinoisOhio