Day After Christmas Walk guided tour

1030 N. Washington Street, Delphi, IN 46923
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 Volunteers from the Wabash & Erie Canal Association and Delphi Historic Trails are offering this free DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS TRAIL WALK. 

Cold weather, deep snow or ice could be a factor for that afternoon, and COVID protections with masks and social distancing will be the order of the day.  However last-minute cancellation information could be obtained by dialing the Canal's Hotline for a recorded message at 765-564-6572.  It could be a “long walk or a short walk” depending of the weather. 

The longer walk

The more difficult longer walk, weather permitting, will assemble at 1 p.m. at the Canal Center, 1030 North Washington Street.  Then carpool will take the group to the Freedom Bridge Bison Plaza overlooking Indiana 25 at the east edge of Delphi to begin the walk.  Come prepared with proper clothing for the weather.  Wear layered clothing, gloves, and sturdy shoes or boots.  The walk will feature a trek along the former railbed of the Monon Line paralleling Deer Creek east of Delphi.  If you get tired or cold you could just leave the group and return to your car by backtracking the trail.

The trail passes many historic points and narration will be provided by the tour leader.  Learn about current funded plans to improve the trail and include a solid safety composite deck with hand railing to be placed on the ninetieth century Monon High Bridge.  This hour-long walk will finally arrive back at Canal Park.

The shorter walk

The shorter walk will be offered if weather conditions disallow the distance of the longer walk.  This hike for all the family will explore the trail section at the northern section of Delphi’s canal reach.  The group will return before 2 pm.  This will be an "easy" one-mile, slow stroll narrated by Dan/David McCain.  This trail loop will explore Red Bridge Settlement and the 1857 Hubbard and Harley lime kilns area near the Canal Boat Warehouse.  There was a canal boat turning basin at that point and docks to receive/disperse cargo of that era.  History of the Canal era comes alive on these narrated tours.