Mounds Greenway

Our vision for the Mounds Greenway

Conserve the free-flowing West Fork White River and its floodplain forests, wetlands and other natural communities by creating a high quality linear park following the river.

Conserve and enhance the historic and cultural resources in the river valley.

Connect trails in Muncie and Anderson and build a regional recreational network that eventually will stretch throughout east central Indiana, and to central Indiana via a greenway extension along the White River to Indianapolis.

Create economic opportunity by enhancing the region’s quality of place and stimulating entrepreneurial investment.


New — Earth Month 2018 Events!

SPRING BIRD WALK: Join the Mounds Greenway and Robert Cooper Audubon Society on Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 am for a bird walk led by avid Anderson birder, Lois Rockhill. The bird walk is part of the Anderson Earth Day Arborfest Celebration in Shadyside Park, and will leave from the event. The bird walk is free, open to the public and all ages are welcome. Come out for the Earth Day festivities AND join the bird walk to learn more about the wild birds around us! More details here.

WHITE RIVER SHORT FILM FEST: Plan to attend the first ever White River Film Fest at Mainstage Theater in Anderson on Sunday evening, April 29. This will be a night of short films that highlight the beauty and importance of our White River, drawing on experiences of communities worldwide who have recognized the power of their rivers in playing major roles in increased quality of life, environmental sustainability and even economic recovery.  Visit our event page here.


Recent News

Read the latest news on the Mounds Greenway in Chesterfield.

Read our guest editorial about the White River and Mounds Greenway’s role in Anderson’s future.


Four Central Indiana mayors announce support for the Mounds Greenway!  Read the news release here.

Mayor Brainard’s letter

Mayor Cook’s letter

Mayor Ditslear’s letter

Mayor Tyler’s letter


Sign up for the Mounds Greenway e-newsletter!  Stay up to date on events and happenings with the Greenway.  Click here, enter your email, and scroll down and check the Mounds Greenway box. It’s that easy. 


Mounds Greenway Video

Take a look at our new Mounds Greenway video!   Please share widely!


Be stylish with a Mounds Greenway t-shirt!

We do still have Mounds Greenway t-shirts available! Shirts are 100% organic cotton, in either women’s or men’s cut. Thank you to Distinct Images for your support!

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Read our Mounds Greenway Economic, Health, and Environmental Benefits study.

View the study summary and the complete technical analysis here.

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3rd Annual Ride for the Mounds a great success!

Over 130 people enjoyed a beautiful fall day at our 3rd annual Ride for the Mounds at Canoe Country in Daleville.  The riders, our partners and sponsors were treated to a delicious post ride meal from Muncie’s Downtown Farm Stand, a raffle with extra nice prizes, great music by the Hammer and the Hatchet, and a campfire jam led by members of the White River Folk and Bluegrass Club.   Thanks to all who came out to ride in support of the Mounds Greenway, and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s ride!

Read the Anderson Herald-Bulletin story on the Ride here.

Thank you to all of our fantastic sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Canoe Country (Daleville)
Greenway 500 Bike Shop (Muncie)
Pro Bikes, Ltd. (Daleville)
Downtown Farm Stand (Muncie)
Bicycle Garage Indy (Indianapolis)

Nonprofit Partners

Heart of the River (Anderson)
Bike Muncie
Red-Tail Land Conservancy (Muncie)
Robert Cooper Audubon (Muncie)
League of Women Voters (Muncie)
White River Watchers (Anderson)
Muncie-Delaware Clean and Beautiful (Muncie)

Ride for the Mounds Supporters

Kirk’s Bike Shop (Muncie)
Park Place Arts (Anderson)
White River Shiatsu (Anderson)
Jackrabbit Coffee (Anderson)
Whole Foods (Carmel)
Piazza Produce (Indianapolis)
Inovateus Solar


Mounds Greenway Notes: A periodic look at new developments in the Mounds Greenway initiative and an overview of trails and greenways as sources of sustainable conservation, recreation and creators of economic opportunity. To stay in touch with Mounds Greenway, sign up for our newsletter or follow our social media networks.  Read our June 2017 blog post.

Follow the Mounds Greenway on its own dedicated Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

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Read HEC’s summary of greenways, trails and blueways case studies from across the country.


Recent media coverage on the Mounds Greenway

Read the news from HEC’s Mounds Greenway forum in Yorktown.

Read about our most recent community forums in Muncie and Anderson (1) (2).

More Greenway coverage here in the Anderson Herald-Bulletin and Muncie Star.


The Mounds Greenway

The Mounds Greenway is a sustainable plan for conservation, recreation and economic opportunity along the West Fork White River.


The Mounds Greenway would be a linear park along the White River with boundaries that generally follow the river’s flood plain (approximately 2,300 acres) and would provide a trail connection from the western limit of the Muncie White River greenway to the eastern limit of the Anderson White River trail.

The proposed greenway plan would protect the free-flowing White River and riparian habitats along the river, which includes hardwood forests and wetlands.  It would also preserve Mounds State Park as well as local parks such as the Rangeline Preserve, Walbridge Acres, David Shellabarger Park, and Morrow’s Meadows.

The Greenway would include picnic areas, river access sites, trailheads and parking at each terminus (as well as at Chesterfield, Daleville, and Yorktown), and an interpretive center at Rangeline Preserve.


There are many benefits of greenways and trails including:

  • Protected wildlife habitats
  • Improved water quality2015 canoe trip pic 1
  • Flood control
  • Economic benefits
    • Outdoor recreation and tourism
    • Enhanced property values
    • Entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Quality of life
    • Quality of life plays a key role in business location decisions and in the choices of people deciding where to live and work.
  • Healthier lifestyles

Looking at advantages specific to Indiana, there are many economic and recreational benefits to expanding green spaces.  In fact, in the Hoosier state over 1.1 million people participate in trail-based recreation; 1.3 million participate in bicycling; nearly 600,000 take part in non-motorized water sports which includes canoeing and kayaking; nearly 780,000 people fish in Indiana every year; and 1.5 million people take part in wildlife watching activities.  Wildlife watchers spent $751 million in Indiana in 2011, on trip-related expenditures and equipment costs.

Potential Greenway funding sources

There are a number of potential funders for the Mounds Greenway, including: Indiana Heritage Trust, Bicentennial Nature Trust, Recreational Trails Fund, Farm Bill conservation programs, and land trusts, as well as private foundations.


Support for the Mounds Greenway

Heart of the River

Robert Cooper Audubon Society

Indiana Forest Alliance

Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter

Citizens Action Coalition

South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society

Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society

Friends of White River

White River Watchers

League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County

League of Women Voters of Anderson

Ball State University Council on the Environment

Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League of America

Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association


White River Heritage Trail

Indiana Rivers

F.I.S.H. (Fishable Indiana Streams for Hoosiers)

Evoke Arts & Media

Growing Places Indy

Earth Charter Indiana

Indiana Parks Alliance

Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light

Ball State University Natural Resources Club

Mid-Indiana Trails (MINT), a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association

Raintree Cycling Club

Muncie-Delaware Clean & Beautiful 

White River Alliance

Carmel/Clay Board of Parks and Recreation

Carmel Green Initiative

Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation

Indiana Wildlife Federation

Anderson Road Runners



Business support

Anderson Bicycle Shop

Hardin’s Bike Shop

Doug Berky Theatre

Park Place Arts

Kirk’s Bike Shop

Greenway 500 Bike Shop

Timberline Valley RV Resort

ADA Consultants of Indiana

EXC Computer Consulting, LLC

Dairy Queen of Chesterfield

Canoe Country

Goldman’s Bike Shop

1 Smith Street LLC

Lehman’s of Muncie

Jack’s Camera Shop (Muncie)

Tribune Showprint

Paws Inc./Jim Davis

Oakley Brothers Distillery

Sandor Development


Government officials

Mayor Andy Cook, Westfield

Mayor Jim Brainard, Carmel

Mayor Dennis Tyler, Muncie

Mayor John Ditslear, Noblesville

Mayor Greg York, New Castle




Ray R. Irvin, former Director, INDOT Bikeways and Greenways; former Administrator, Indy Parks Greenways and Bikeways


To learn more about the Mounds Greenway, please use the links below:

CLICK HERE to read the Mounds Greenway – White River Conservation Area description.

CLICK HERE to view Mounds Greenway conceptual plans.

CLICK HERE to read the Case for the Mounds Greenway.




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