Covered Bridge Gateway Trails Association is a non-profit organization promoting recreational trails in Parke County and West Central Indiana as they relate to tourism, economic development and public health. The focus is on the Covered Bridge Gateway Trail plan from Terre Haute to Turkey Run and linking the National Road Heritage Trail to the B&O Trail.
CBGTA members and friends at Trailhead in Rosedale on Sept 14, 2014.
estled in the rolling hills of West Central
Indiana are many of the world's most
famous covered bridges, one of the Midwest's
premier hiking and canoeing destinations and
three Indiana visionary rail-trails economically
linking Parke County to Indianapolis and Terre
Haute. We invite you to enjoy the diverse beauty
surrounding this area and its rich historical and
natural heritage. Bring your bike and hiking shoes
since most scenic spots are best enjoyed at the
leisurely pace that is biking, hiking, backpacking
Stay up to date with the planned Covered
Bridge Gateway Trail. Though not currently
completed, the trail does exist in the minds of those working to bring it to reality. They embrace a vision of the trail being an integral part of a 150 mile loop in West Central Indiana connecting Parke County to Indianapolis and Terre Haute. The 27 mile trail will bring a healthy lifestyle with bicycling, walking and skating opportunities as well as a safer, vehicle free place for children to enjoy. Trailside greenways will provide abundant wildlife for nature studies by schoolchildren and enthusiasts alike. Economic growth will bring trail related businesses and tourists year round. Alternative transportation options will see many folks riding or walking to work in many locations.
The dream of Covered Bridge Gateway Trail is already becoming a reality with the completion of the first segment of trail in October, 2014. The 6/10ths segment starts in Rosedale and goes south toward the Parke/Vigo County Line.
A community wide volunteer work day was held on November 28, 2014 to start renovation of Rockville's Depot Visitor's Center and Covered Bridge Gateway Trail's signature trailhead. Thanks to everyone who ventured out on a cold day to recycle old sidewalk bricks in front of the depot. These will be reused and new pavers installed in their place.
Help continue this vision by becoming an active member or donating to CBGTA. In the meantime, come and visit. This site provides links to the many ways to experience scenic Parke County. The group will be hosting public events during the year so visit the site often for the latest updates.