The trail uses both spans of relocated Fountain County
bridge #63. Above is one span located at the 2.2 mile marker.
A loop, partially open, that connects Covington City Park, Five Crossings
Park, farmland, woodland, spring area, wetlands reserve, the downtown
area, and the former Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western rail line.
City Park, Mile Marker 0.95, Mile Marker 1.60, Turnaround at 3.2-mile
Surface: asphalt 12' and 10' wide
miles completed; total planned 6.3 miles
The Covington Circle trail begins at the Covington City Park south of
the soccer fields. Leaving the park the trail crosses Mallory Branch using
the 60' span of the rehabbed 1904 Pratt Pony Truss Bridge. The trail continues
along the Covington High School Athletic Complex to Trailhead #1. Continuing
the trail enters a wooded area with springs, a natural attraction for
wildlife such as deer, pheasants, turkeys, and birds. Next is Trailhead
#2. The trail continues sharing a dead end road with productive farmland
on both sides. At mile marker 2.2, the trail crosses Mallory Branch via
the 70' span of the rehabbed bridge. Then the trail enters the lane of
old trees. To the turnaround, the trail passes through farmland. The trail
has a couple of nice climbs and curves that will not defeat anybody, but
will get your heart rate up.
In Phase II, approximately 1.5 miles of the trail will re-use the former
Indiana-Bloomington-Western (NYC RR - Conrail) corridor from Covington
The sunlit tree in the center background is a white oak
estimated to be at least 200 years old.
Future Plans: The
goal is to establish a trail that circles the Covington community. As
resources become available, the trail will be extended to include the
reuse of the Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western (NYC RR - Conrail)
corridor from Covington to Crawfordsville and include Five Crossings Park
along the Wabash River and through the wetlands reserve along the Wabash-Erie
Canal. Included in the future plans are connections from the trail to
the business center.