The Monon South Trail runs through several cities and towns in southern Indiana. Check out the breakdown of the trail to see which segment you want to visit first.
Mitchell to Campbellsburg
Much of the trail through Mitchell is more urban in nature, featuring several local road crossings and surrounding commercial / neighborhood land uses. As the trail exists Mitchell on the south side, it crosses US 60, approximately 3 miles west of Spring Mill State Park. Between Mitchell and Orleans, the trail runs parallel, but not directly adjacent to, US 37 for approximately 5.5 miles. Once in Orleans, the trail corrior makes a strong eastward turn in downtown Orleans. For the next 10.5 miles, the trail corridor traverses through primarily agricultural land, with some minor crossings at local county roads. The greenway trail connects the small communities of Leipsic and Saltillo before entering Campbellsburg.
Campbellsburg to Salem
The 11-mile stretch of the trail between Campbellsburg and Salem parallels US 60 before following a more rural path through agricultural land. It runs nearby the Twin Creek Valley Nature Conservancy and just east of Campbellsburg before heading into the southwest side of Salem. At that point, the trail corridor is depressed in a valley or “gultch” and is grade-separated from both US 60 and US 56. The trail corridor circles around the southern side of Salem, with several at-grade crossings, including on a Main Street in downtown. Heading east from downtown, the trail runs on the northern boundary of the Washington County Fairgrounds before crossing the West Fork Blue River and going under the Salem Bypass.
Salem to Borden
As the trail leaves the east side of Salem, it runs for several miles through rural agricultural land. There are some minor county roads the cross the corridor, but for the majority of the approximately 11-mile length between Salem and New Pekin, the corridor is uninterrupted. The trail does cross two water bodies, the Middle Fork Blue River and South Fork Blue River at New Pekin. As the trail nears New Pekin, it runs parallel to US 60 all the way to Borden. Through Borden, it is unique in that it runs directly through their downtown area, o ff ering unique connections to local municipal facilities before terminating with a proposed Regional Trailhead near the Brden Community Park at the proposed Muddy Fork Reservoir.