---- — Baby-blue skies, pleasantly warm temperatures, a nice breeze.
It was perfect weather for a ride on the Nickel Plate Trail, and that’s what photographer Kelly Lafferty spent a day doing, capturing the shaded woods, swamplands and fields that line the path.
The recent string of beautiful summer days has lured locals and people from all over the state to the trail, which runs 34 miles from Cassville in Howard County through the entire length of Miami County up to Rochester in Fulton County.
Parents and their children cruised along the well-paved trail near Denver, nurses took an afternoon stroll near Peru during their lunch break, and dozens of bikers zipped along the second longest rail trail in the state.
Volunteers spend hundreds of hours a year maintaining the path, making it one of the nicest trails in the Midwest.
Here’s a firsthand look at some of the natural beauty and wildlife users find when they hit the Nickel Plate Trail.