Northeast Indiana trail system has new name, logo

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- There are more than 50 trails in Northeast Indiana, stretching hundreds of miles, over 11 different counties. The Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC) has come up one name for the entire system: United Trails.

The group held a series of public meetings in an effort to get feedback, Wednesday. During those meetings they presented different signage options for the trails and color schemes.

Dozens of residents participated in the meetings. Including Bill Adams who considers himself an avid bike rider. Adams said for about 16 years he and his wife have traveled the trails of Northeast Indiana and beyond.

“We were on trails in Alabama this year, Mississippi and we just got back from Pennsylvania,” he said.

Adams said they’ve been on trails in 23 different states. So naturally, he wanted to know what new changes were to come for the trails in his own state. NIRCC contracted the consultant firm Merje to help prepare a comprehensive branding initiative for the regional trail system.

“Indiana is catching up so I think this is a good thing,” said Adams.

Merje presented several options for sign template designs. The templates displaying signage included mile marker posts, wayfinding signs, and trailhead kiosks.

“We’re just trying to see what kind of resonates within the region,” said Dan Avery, Executive Director for NIRCC. “What color schemes folks like, what kind of signage.”

Avery said the council will take into account the feedback from the public before making the final decision. Adams welcomes the idea of branding the trails and said investing in them will pay off for families across the region in the long run.

“I look forward to getting my grand kids out here and some of my family,” he said. ” I know it’s really good for you and it’s a lot of fun to be outside.”

Merje will use feedback from these meetings to finalize these sign designs and templates that will be used throughout the regional trail system. No word yet on a price tag for this project. Avery said once everything is finalized, they hope to install the new signs on the trails over the next five to six years.

The regional trail system covers Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties.