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Explore the best rated trails in Carmel, IN. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Shirley Heritage Trail and 106th Street Path. With more than 59 trails covering 4114 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
Pristine trail that is Ebike friendly and chocked full of geocaches! Perfect walking trail as well, extremely well maintained. The trip through the solar system is definitely a bonus!
I've been riding this trail for many years, and after checking out other trails (in-state and out), I am always feeling grateful that we have this amazing amenity in our state. The previous comment describing the Monon Trail as "boring" is laughable, unless you find riding through vibrant midwest towns with art galleries, breweries, restaurants, lovely countryside etc. nearby boring!
One of the best things the state of Indiana has ever done.
Very well maintained trail with great scenery of parks, soccer and baseball fields. The short ride on the city streets takes you by the Cow Palace. A great little place to stop and have lunch or ice cream. Great afternoon ride!
The Thorntown section has bumps on the pavement from Sugar Creek to Serum Plant road. The trail north of Sugar Creek is great. The section south of Serum Plant road is getting repaved and should be open in the fall. I wish Thorntown would repair their part they are responsible for maintaining.
We rode the trail today May 19,there is a tree down . I called Colfax clerks office and they said they will get to it. From past experience with the office,they are pretty quick on taking care of any problems. I also asked them when cutting the grass to blow the clippings into the grass not on the trail. The Thorntown section from Sugar Creek south, needs some repair. Various places on the trail have nickeled asphalt
Great for inline or quad skating. After the bridge there’s this tree that has little seeds that can be an issue for wheels. Has a kayak/canoe drop point now to.
I rode from Colfax to Thorntown today. There are intermittent patches of mustard garlic up and down the trail. I would like to see a clean-up planned for this part of the trail to clear the mustard garlic.
I began my walk at the trail head in Middletown, and walked east toward Honey Creek. The trail was nicely paved and level. I only walked a mile or so, but I was impressed with the natural beauty I came across. The area near the trail is marshy, and the skunk cabbage and marsh marigolds were just starting to flower. There are numerous buckeye trees along the trail that were clearly planted by squirrels or blue jays. Every so often, you'll see a brilliant spray of redbud in bloom.
There is parking in town behind the fire station, but you can also use the parking area in the town park that is just north of the trail on Raider Road. If you are planning to walk east as I did, this would probably be the best choice for parking. Although many people driving on Raider Road will stop if they see you are wanting to cross the road, the drivers have the right-of-way and they are not required to stop. Parking in the park means you don't have to cross Raider Road on foot or bicycle.
Because there are no benches or port-o-potties, you'll need to know your limits. The trail itself is an easy walk / ride, but it is lengthy and it's easy to go further than you planned on.
Surprised to see this amazing trail that has great bed and breakfasts along it is not noted as part of the Great American Rail Trail. It sure would help demonstrate more GART completion if it was.
Great clean fun new trail! Very easy to follow. Includes a park one can ride around in.
This short stub from the Parkway trail is still under development. Most of it is nice paved multi-use but there is a short section of narrow sidewalk that barely fit my recumbent trike. The entire length follows beside Amos road so there really isn’t much to see as far as scenery, but it is a nice addition to the Parkway trail if you are just wanting to get a reasonably long ride in.
If you start this trail at the park you will have to contend with a busy truck deliver and customer parking lot with several crossings that have limited visibility due to overgrown bushes. Then you have to cross the busiest multi-lane road in Shelbyville. Once that is behind you though, the rest of the trail is pretty nice. It is smooth paved and has some scenery. It does follow along side the parkway for most of it’s length. The Blue River trail is much prettier and has less city traffic to deal with.
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