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In 2004 and 2005, trail enthusiasts, park and recreation leaders, government officials, planners, transportation authorities and economic development coordinators gathered to discuss trails and trail linkages in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.

Initially representatives met from individual counties to map existing, planned and “wish list” trails and greenways. In July 2005, representatives from 10 counties in northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan convened for the Michiana Greenways and Trails Charrette to discuss multi-county and multi-state linkages. The outcome was a “vision” for regional greenways.

Dialogue continues between the various parties involved in the charrettes regarding strategies to move the regional trails and greenways vision forward.

Included on this website are various pre- and post-charrette documents as well as resource documents on trails and greenways.

For more information about the Michiana Greenways and Trails Charrette and on-going activities, contact:

Chuck Lehman
Lehman & Lehman, Inc.
Bus: (574) 257-0255
Bus Fax: (574) 257-1966
Rory Robinson, Indiana Projects Manager,
National Park Service - Rivers,
Trails and Conservation Assistance
(330) 657-2951

General Information:

Charrette Brochure4.14mb

Charrette Executive Summary (11x17) 15.40mb

Counties that participated in the Michiana Greenways and Trails Charrette:
through direct or indirect representation)

Michigan: Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph


Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange,
LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph, Starke

County Maps:
(existing, planned and "wish list" trails for participating counties

Berrien County, MI 3.76mb LaPorte County, IN 3.62mb
Cass County, MI 0.41mb Marshall County, IN 3.37mb
Elkhart County, IN 3.57mb St Joe County, IN 4.26mb
Kosciusko County, IN 3.50mb St Joe County, MI 4.29mb
Lagrange County, IN 3.35mb Starke County, IN 3.43mb

Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned
Literature Review, Current Practices,

US Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Railroad Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Federal Transit Administration

August 2002

Rails with Trails Lessons

Rails with Trails Cover & Introduction 1.82mb
RWT References & Appendices 2.55mb
RWT Section 1 0.84mb
RWT Section 2 1.70mb
RWT Section 3 0.96mb
RWT Section 4 0.77mb
RWT Section 5 2.77mb
RWT Section 6 1.19mb

Michiana Greenway Plan
Resources and Guidelines
(describing trail types, case studies and recommended trail standards)

Prepared by April Gutierez, Jon Guard,
Megan Dryden, Nina Herskedal, and Sara Metz,
of Purdue University School of Landscape Architecture,
under the guidance of Professor Bernie Dahl.

Greenways Resources 26.27mb
Greenways Purdue PPT 6.33mb
LaPorte County Map, Printable 2.70mb
LaPorte County Map Analysis 2.14mb
Regional Map Analysis 1.77mb
Regional Map, Final 2.42mb

Resource Articles
(from the Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse, a project of the Rails to Trails Conservancy)

Benefits of Trails & Greenways 0.26mb Economic Benefits of Trails & Greenways 0.20mb

Note: Most Documents are very large and will take awhile to download if you do not have a broadband connection