Imagine walking along a canal that was built in the 1830s: you can visit a working grist mill, a one-of-a-kind covered bridge aqueduct, canal locks and a canal feeder dam – all the while surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Whitewater River Valley. Whitewater Canal Trail, Inc., an all-volunteer non-profit, is building a bike/hike trail to make this walk a reality. Much of the work is completed but we’re running out of money. We need your help, to finish construction of the two-mile section we’re working on, before winter arrives.
Here is our story…
The Whitewater Canal Trail is regenerating the towpath along Indiana’s only remaining canal built in the 1830’s, situated alongside the Whitewater Valley Railroad. The canal crosses a portion of Franklin County, fed by the Whitewater River at Laurel's Feeder Dam, through the heart of Metamora, registered as a National Historic District.
Once all segments are complete, the Whitewater Canal Trail will extend over 14 miles of Franklin County, connecting Brookville, Metamora and our current project connecting Metamora to Laurel’s Feeder Dam, a 4-mile extension.
The project estimate of $190,000 includes land clearance, trail construction and the build-out of infrastructure. We have raised $100,000 with construction underway, but are now in need of funds to complete this segment.
We need your help!
Our construction and maintenance budget is based on donations from people like you. Our all-volunteer team needs resources to complete the Metamora to Laurel Feeder Dam project.
Help us achieve our goal of raising $90,000 by January of 2021!
Your donation will…
...directly support the project construction
...retain the history of Indiana’s transportation evolution
...provide generations to come the enjoyment of this canal trail
Feeder Dam North – Two miles of trail
Metamora connector – .6 mile of trail
Seeding $ 500
About the Whitewater Canal Trail
The Whitewater Canal Trail provides opportunities for outdoor recreation that includes hiking, biking on safe trails away from dangerous rural roads. We host several events throughout the year to promote outdoor physical activity, historic preservation and social interaction with other trail users. We are preserving the historic Whitewater Canal corridor for future generations. This 14-mile section of the canal corridor is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes a feeder dam, original canal locks and other canal features.
The goal of the Whitewater Canal Trail, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation, is to foster activities along the Whitewater Canal corridor that focus on historical preservation and interpretation, outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation while promoting sustainable development and improved quality of life in connected communities.