Friends of Boone County Trails

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History of the Friends of Boone County Trails

The Friends of Boone County Trails (FBCT) is a group of Boone County residents who promote the development of trailways in our community. The group meets regularly to discuss strategies for acquiring and developing land for trails, as well as to promote trail usage as a part of a healthy and active community.

FBCT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (a component fund of the Community Foundation of Boone County). The FBCT is part of a larger project, the Farm Heritage Trail Project. To find out complete details about this project and about the benefits of having trails in our community, visit the Farm Heritage Trail Project.

Past News

  • Check out the wall on Facebook for more info!
  • Thursday, January 14, 2010 - Friends of Boone County Trails' January board meeting at 6:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 7 pm - Open meeting at REMC Community Rm (at 1207 Indianapolis Ave., Lebanon). We'll bring you up to date on the progress of the Farm Heritage Trail and other similar projects in the area.
  • August 13, 2009 at 7 pm - FBCT Board Meeting in Thorntown Lions Club Park (This meeting is open to the public - bring your bikes)
  • July 25-27, 2009 - The FBCT will be at the Boone County 4-H Fair
  • July 25, 2009 at 8:30 am - FBCT on Radio Mom's Coaches Corner
  • July 20, 2009 at 9 am The FBCT on the Boone County Commissioners Agenda
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - there will be a presentation at the Thorntown Public Library starting at approx. 7 pm on Greenways in Indiana. Seth Einterz, a Wabash College student and Boone County resident, will be making a presentation on his research which was funded by Lilly Endowment.  Please plan on attending and hearing about how greenways add value to local communities like those along the Farm Heritage Trail.
  • Monday, February 23, 2009 - We will be addressing the Lebanon City Council at their next meeting to ask that they pursue a grant with the assistance of Dawn Kroh and her company Green 3. The meeting is at 7 pm at the City Building in Lebanon. If you can attend, your support will be very helpful to insure we have adequate funding for this project.
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - Friends of Boone County Trails informational meeting at 7pm at Witham Hospital (2605 North Lebanon Street in Lebanon). Dawn Kroh with Green 3 will give an update on the Farm Heritage Trail progress (and yes, there is progress). Also, the Friends of Boone County Trails will be discussing the possibilities of hosting a county wide bike tour this coming fall.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2008 - Hometown Handmade Hard Candy Christmas - Bringing It Home to Thorntown. The activities begin at 7:30 am with a biscuit and gravy breakfast followed by holiday themed events that will last throughout the day.  At 10 am there will be a live nativity scene on the trail so please plan on taking a hike on our newly paved trail to view this event.
  • Saturday, November 8. 2008 - The 4th Annual Trail Ride from Thorntown towards Lebanon. This will be a Fund raiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital called "Saddle Up for St. Jude's Kids," and will also raise awareness for a project called the Farm Heritage Trail. The Trail Ride will start at 9 AM. You might want to bring your own snack during the ride. Lunch will be available at the trail head after the ride. The route we take will take about 2-3 hours to ride, at a walk. The trail is less than 5 miles down and back.
    • To find out more information or to pre-register contact Lori Stover at or (765) 654-8349. Registration is required. You can get a form the day of the ride. There is a form from St. Jude that is to collect sponsors. You can sponsor yourself or you may wish to collect from friends and family. There is no minimum or maximum that is needed to be collected.
    • The Trail Ride will start South of Thorntown (located northwest of Lebanon, Indiana in Boone County ) and go towards Lebanon to Hazelrigg along a former rail bed. Riders will get a special preview of this unimproved trail corridor, which is the proposed route of the 28-mile Farm Heritage Trail from Lebanon to Lafayette. This future hiking, biking and horse riding trail is intended to highlight central Indiana's rich agricultural heritage while enhancing regional tourism and economic development. Ultimately it is envisioned to provide non-motorized connections to Prophetstown State Park as well as to Indianapolis Greenways trails. Currently the non-profit group Friends of Boone County Trails is seeking funds to purchase this corridor, which is on loan for the St. Jude's ride only and is not open to the public. The trail head will be in a field at the intersection of Hazelrigg Rd and Serum Plant Road, on Serum Plant Road, just South of Thorntown.
  • October 6, 2008 - The Friends of Boone County Trails will be making a special presentation at the Boone County Commissioners meeting. We will make a recommendation for future trail development in county. If you'd like to attend, those meetings take place in the Connie Lamar Room at the Boone County Administrative Building in Lebanon. The meeting begins at 9 am. Your support at these public meeting are very much appreciated.
  • October 4, 2008 - The Friends of the Boone County Trails will have a booth at the AdvantAge Expo, Senior Health and Wellness Fair from 9 am to 3 pm at the Witham Health Services 4-H Pavilion in Lebanon. The event is FREE for all attendees!
  • Friday-Sunday, September 26, 27, and 28, 2008 - The Friends of the Boone County Trails will have a booth at the Festival of the Turning Leaves in Thorntown and will be promoting our newly paved trail at this event. If you plan on attending please stop our booth and say hello.  Also, we still need volunteers to talk up the trail and to pass out some promotional items. If you can spend a couple hours between 9 am and 5 pm helping out, it would be greatly appreciated.  Hope to see you there!
  • September 18, 2008 - Article in Indy Star on the new Comprehensive Plan and the emphasis on green space and trails in Boone County.
  • 21 August 2008 - Construction progresses on the Farm Heritage Trail! An 80 foot section of concrete will be poured to establish the first paved section of the Farm Heritage Trail. Read more about it in the article on the trail in the Lebanon Reporter from 22 August 2008.
  • 20 May 2008 - Governor Mitch Daniels today announced $19 million in new investment for trails development as a part of his Hoosiers on the Move statewide trails plan.
    • The Farm Heritage Trail project was awarded $700,000. Approximately 26 miles of former railroad property consisting of approximately 299 acres in Boone, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties will be acquired for future trail development.

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