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Carroll County Country Club

Country ClubCarroll County Country ClubThe Country Club is located at 411 East Howard Street in Delphi, Indiana. The course has tree-lined fairways and very small greens. It has nine holes with additional tees to make an 18-hole round. The season is March through November.

The course rating is 70.9 and it has a slope rating of 111. It features 3,067 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. It was opened in 1925, and includes a driving range.

Adjacent to the course is a year-round restaurant and bar, Riehle’s at the Carroll County Country Club, 765-564-3441. Men’s and women’s leagues are offered, and the course is used by the Delphi High School teams.

Other courses in Carroll County include the following:

Angel Hill Golf Course

Angel Hill Golf Course is located at 351 N. Plank St. in Rossville near State Roads 26 and 39/US 421 south of Delphi. Part of the course is in Clinton County and part in Carroll County, the two connected by a vintage bridge that used to be on a Carroll County road. There are numerous bridges on the course which lies on both sides of scenic Wildcat Creek. A small family cemetery from early times is also on the course.

Angel Hill opened in 1967 as a nine-hole course, designed by Ronald L. Kern, ASGCA. The second nine were completed in 1999. The course features 5,831 yards of golf from the longest tees, for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.4 and it has a slope rating of 113.

The regular season is May through October. It offers memberships and is open to the public. Tee times are available at 765-379-3533. A banquet hall seating 150 is available.

Hollow Acres Golf Center

Hollow Acres is located at 8291 N. US Highway 421 between Delphi and Monticello, near Yeoman and the Lake Freeman area. Phone is 574-965-2182.

Hollow Acres is a par 3, 9-hole public course built in 1960. It has 1,300 yards, a course rating of 26.8, and slope rating of 63. The facilities include a lighted 20-station driving range, pro shop, snack bar, and an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Sports

There are numerous organized school sports teams in the Delphi Community Schools which are detailed at their own website. There are many other activities available for youth of all ages. Many of them are listed below, but for the most up-to-date information, see the “Call Outs” columns in the Carroll County Comet. Activities such as wrestling camps are also announced in the Comet.

Baseball & Softball

IMG 1718 640Town & County Baseball & Softball League covers several counties including Carroll. It sponsors co-ed sports for children from ages eight to 14.

Delphi Youth Baseball is a member of the Town & Country League and serves children ages 4-12.

Delphi Pony League information is available from Dave Murray at 765-564-3844.

Delphi Girls Softball is a summer recreation program for ages 6-15. Participation forms are available at Delphi Community Elementary School and Middle School.

Colt League baseball for 15- and 16-year-olds is available regionally with teams formed by students from multiple schools.

Swimming

Delphi Summer Swim information is available from Brian Burton at 765-564-4242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Soccer

Carroll County Youth Soccer League is available for children ages 4-13 in age brackets. There are also travel leagues older children and an annual clinic. Call Sandy at 574-686-3124 or write to 2605 W 300 N, Camden, IN 46917.

Recreation

Summer recreation programs sponsored, for example, by Delphi Parks and other groups, are announced in the Carroll County Comet and on this website.

Adult Sports & Recreation

Delphi Community School System makes available the Middle School Gymnasium on Monroe Street east of downtown Delphi for walking during winter months and bad weather. They also offer the school swimming pool for a water aerobics program.

Golfing, fishing, canoeing, boating, and other sporting activities also abound in and near Delphi in Carroll County.

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Delphi Historic Trails

carroll disc01 21The Delphi Historic Trails system now has over 10 miles of groomed trails. They are wide, crushed limestone surfaces, and they lead to some of the most interesting things. Trails have been constructed over several years, primarily by volunteers, and they are open to walkers, runners, and bikers. A trail map brochure with descriptions is available at Canal Park, the City Building, and other locations in Delphi.

Places to start include:
  • Trailhead Park next to Deer Creek, one mile southwest of Delphi on State Road 25.
  • Another entrance to the trail system is off State Road 25 two tenths of a mile south of Trailhead Park.
  • Also off SR 25 near Arby’s is parking for Interurban trail access.
  • Limited parking is available behind Pizza Hut off Bicycle Bridge Road, adjacent to the historic Blue Bridge.
  • Scenic tours also begin at both Canal Park and Canal Park Annex, 11 blocks north of the Court House stoplight on Washington Street. Riley Park on South Washington Street also provides parking and access to trails.
  • Another starting place with parking is City Park in East Delphi.
The trails map shows all the trails and their access points. Informational displays are strategically located along the trails. The Wabash & Erie Canal Park and Interpretive Center on North Washington Street provides abundant information about the Canal and its history.

Canal Park and Annex

GuardLockaaUnderhill Towpath TrailUnderhill Towpath Trail - .9 Mile - Trail 4 on the Trails Map

The Underhill Towpath Trail takes the hiker from the Highway 421 crossing to North Washington Street. Canal Park is a main attraction along the way. The newest additions there are the canal boat and the guard lock.

The Wabash and Erie Canal Conference and Interpretive Center offers meeting facilities and interactive exhibits to tell the fascinating story of life during the 1850s canal era. The canal village with the refurbished Federal style 1844 Reed Case House and other historic log cabins and blacksmith shop, provides hikers and visitors ample things to see and do.

FoundersFounders Towpath TrailFounders Towpath Trail - .5 mile - Trail 5 on the Trails Map

From North Washington Street this trail takes the hiker along the west side of the beautiful, rewatered section of the canal, past the restored 1873 red iron bridge and ends at Founders Point where the 'tumble' brings the million gallons of fresh clear water from the Delphi Limestone Company's diversion pumps. The tranquil setting for the rest area at the point will allow the hiker time to reflect on how this 150 year old waterway might have looked during its heyday.


DraperDraper North End TrailDraper North End Trail - .5 mile - Trail 6 on the Trails Map

This trail leads from Founders Point to the Riley City Trail. An easy walk from Founders Point takes the hiker past the old Lime Kilns of the 1850s, where locally quarried limestone was 'burned' to produce plaster and whitewash. Commercially, these lime products were some of the best quality in the country and were transported as far away as New York City (via canal). You will also see the restored 1873 Paint Creek iron bridge. The trail then passes the widewater canal boat turnaround and loading area in Canal Park Annex and then joins the Riley-City Trail.


BeltRRBelt Railroad TrailBelt Railroad Trail - .3 mile - Trail 7 on the Trails Map

This trail leaves the North End Trail at Canal Park Annex and follows the century old Delphi Commercial Club's path to a potential industrial site near the Golf Course. The most active commercial ventures were the Harley Brothers Lime Kilns, which ceased operations in 1917, and the Ice Plant, which ceased in 1950.

Trailhead Park

IMG 1979 640Robbins TrailRobbins Trail - .5 mile - Trail 1 on the Trails Map

Starting at Trailhead Park and crossing the suspension bridge over Deer Creek will lead the hiker to the choice of walking to the left and following the system of trails that is described progressively, or going right and reversing the order of trails listed here from bottom to top. The Robbins trail generally follows the beautiful banks of Deer Creek and was named for the generous landowners who allowed this path to skirt their field.


VanScoy Towpath Trail - 1.0 mile- Trail 2 on the Trails Map

IMG 1982 640VanScoy Towpath TrailFrom Sunset Point to Highway 421, the VanScoy Trail contains a most beautiful part of the towpath, especially the section nearest the Wabash River. This trail also passes by the 1838-39 Irish Canal Construction Camp, Canal Lock #33, and two prosperous paper mills that operated in the mid-1800s. The extreme south end of the trail is "Sunset Point" where Deer Creek meets the Wabash River. A rest area provides the hiker a serene view of the waterways at a point where the Deer Creek Dam once provided a lake for the canal boats to cross the creek without an aqueduct.


Obear Millrace Trail - .6 mile - Trail 3 on the Trails Map

After leaving the VanScoy Trail, this trail overlooks the Wabash River and then traces theold millrace up to the paper mill sites where it rejoins the VanScoy Trail. The mills received their power from the surplus canal water which exited to the river after powering the mill wheels.


Campbell Ridge Trail - 1 mile loop - Trail 12 on the Trails Map

From the small parking area along State Road 25 just south of Trailhead Park, hike up the slope to find the mystifying bluff overlooking the confluence of Deer Creek and the Wabash River. During the canal operational years of 1840-1874 the dam provided a “slack water” crossing for boats. The demise of the last boat to reach this site was due to the boat crashing into the rotting wooden spillway, which collapsed the dam. Boat, cargo, driver, and mules were all dashed into the river and drowned. A guard lock was located at the far end of the loop.

Delphi City

Downtown Loop Trail - .9 mile - Trail 9 on the Trails Map

Connecting the outlying trail system with the downtown, this trail follows streets through beautiful old residential and commercial portions of Delphi including passing by the Court House and City Building. The Carroll County Historical Museum is located in the southwest corner of the Court House. Restaurants, coffee shops, boutique and antique stores abound on and near the Court House Square. This trail provides a connection with the Riley-City Trail. A description of buildings on this tour and a separate detailed map are provided.

Riley - City Trail - 1.5 miles - 8 on the Trails Map

This urban trail runs from the southern tip of Canal Park Annex through the city to its junction with the Interurban Trail. It follows city streets and sidewalks through Delphi to the suspension bridge where it crosses Deer Creek and enters Riley Park. It then follows along Deer Creek and under the highway where it continues through Riley Annex. The trail crosses Deer Creek again to follow Hamilton Street to the junction of the Interurban Trail at the parking area. Historic homes and tree lined streets as well as Riley Park, named for Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, afford a reflection on the architecture and park setting of this historic community.

  A description of buildings on this tour and a separate detailed map are provided.

Within Riley Park is also a measured, paved walking trail with exercise stations.

State Road 25

InterurbanTrInterurban TrailInterurban Trail - .8 mile - 10 on the Trails Map

From the parking area at the highway near Arby's to VanDerVolgen Overlook and Rest Area, this interesting trail has heritage dating back to the early part of this century. Commuter electric trains, called "Interurbans," ran on narrow tracks along the elevated portions of the trail. The trains ceased operation in the 1930s. The VanDerVolgen Rest, named for the Canal Park's beloved late blacksmith, is on the high pillar of a bridge abutment overlooking Deer Creek and the beautiful Deer Creek Falls.

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Happy Jack's Loop - .5 mile - 11 on the Trails Map

Branching off the Interurban Trail at the site of the old Smith Dairy Farm, this trail continues to Deer Creek Falls. It passes by the site where Carroll County Court was first held in Daniel Baum's cabin in 1828. This beautiful trail loops along the north bank of Deer Creek and rejoins the Interurban Trail at the east end of the Robbins Trail across from Deer Creek Falls. The return to Trailhead Park and the suspension bridge is by the Robbins Trail.

East Delphi

HighBridgeMonon High Bridge TrailMonon High Bridge Trail - 1.5 miles - 13 on the Trails Map

From City Park on East Main Street, leave your car and hike Main Street to the “Y” and take Old Camden Road on your right, cross the millrace creek and proceed up the slope to where the old street meets the abandoned Monon Railroad. Just to your left at the top of the slope is the Centennial Stone (1816-1916) dedicated to General Samuel Milroy who platted Delphi in 1828. An historic marker dedicated to Milroy is also at this location. Cross the highway overpass and you are on your way to High Bridge, Indiana’s second highest railroad creek crossing. Return the same way.
HighBrigdeSignHigh Bridge Trail Sign
Access to this trail is also available from County Road 300 in the Deer Creek Valley Historic DIstrict. Accessible from this trail is the Mary I Gerard Nature Preserve, six acres of beautiful bottomland woods downstream of High Bridge on Deer Creek.

County Trails

A perfect place for a peaceful hike in the woods next to the Tippecanoe River is at Moyer Gould Woods. The 77-acre site is protected by the NICHES Land Trust and has been in the Classified Forest program for many decades. It is located on US Highway 421, 1.25 miles north of the intersection with SR 18 north of Delphi. The entrance to the property is back a lane lined with black walnut trees. The 1.5 mile loop trail includes some steep slopes and descends near the half mile of river frontage. The area features many interesting botanical and geological features.

The Adams Mill Oxbow Natural Area is a protected 50-acre wetland with a one-mile walking trail. The C.J. Baker Nature Trail was dedicated in 2011 and is named for Carroll Baker who was dedicated to natural preservation. It is located near Adams Mill Covered Bridge, across the road from Adams Mill, east of Cutler on County Road 100 E in the southern part of Carroll County. Parking is available across the road from the Mill at the DNR fishing access point.

Carroll County also offers an abundance of miles of lightly-traveled country roads that are perfect for bicycling. The Scenic Routes Map shows the following two bike routes through the countryside:

Bicycle Route #1 traverses through a gently rolling landscape of farms, down into the Wabash River Valley, and along Towpath Road which parallels the remains of the Wabash and Erie Canal.

Bicycle Route #2 travels across the heart of Carroll County through its friendly towns and past historic Adams Mill and Covered Bridge.
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