Next Phase of Karst Farm Greenway Begins

Late in October I wrote about the Karst Farm Greenway’s first phase nearing completion here. The Karst Farm Greenway is the north-south backbone of Monroe County’s active transportation network. Phase 1 runs from Karst Farm Park at the south to Vernal Pike at the north, where it ties in with the new Northwest YMCA. And while Phase 1 is not completely finished, it is fully usable (and used!), lacking only some signage, plantings, grass seeding, and a few other finishing touches.

And there is more good news for trail enthusiasts! Eagle eyes may have noticed a number of stakes planted in the ground along Loesch Road, north of Vernal Pike. As of this week, the next phase of the greenway, so-called Phase 2A, is already under construction! Phase 2A runs along the west side of Loesch Road, from Vernal Pike up to the railroad track, just south of Woodyard Road — just under a mile of new trail. The following map roughly shows the path of this phase of the greenway:

Karst Farm Greenway Phase 2A
Karst Farm Greenway Phase 2A

The following map shows both Phase 1 and Phase 2A on the same map. By the Spring of 2015, all of this will be complete!

Karst Farm Greenway Phases 1 and 2A
Karst Farm Greenway Phases 1 and 2A

Here are a few pictures of the staked areas that will eventually become Phase 2A:

Phase 1 Meets Phase 2A at Vernal Pike
Phase 1 Meets Phase 2A at Vernal Pike
Trail Goes Through the Woods West of Loesch Road
Trail Goes Through the Woods West of Loesch Road
Trail Behind the Post Office Processing Facility
Trail Behind the Post Office Processing Facility
Trail Crosses Over Old Vernal Pike
Trail Crosses Over Old Vernal Pike

This last picture shows the northern terminus of Phase 2A. A trailhead will be constructed just south of the railroad track.

Northern Terminus
Northern Terminus

Phase 2A concludes the portion of the Karst Farm Greenway that is already funded. The last phase, Phase 2B, which is not yet funded, continues on from the railroad tracks pictured above, and follows the Monon line all the way to downtown Ellettsville.

Complete Karst Farm Greenway
Complete Karst Farm Greenway
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