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B&O Trail

3.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

B-Line Trail

3.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Bloomington Rail Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Central Canal Towpath

5.23 mi
State: IN
Crushed Stone

Clear Creek Trail (IN)

2.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Columbus People Trail

15.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

6.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Franklin Greenway Trail

3.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Heritage Trail of Madison

2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

9.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Landersdale Trail

1.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

10.3 mi
State: IN
Cinder, Crushed Stone

Monon Trail

24 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

P&E Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Gravel

Pennsy Trail

9.8 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pleasant Run Trail

6.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Polly Grimshaw Trail

0.65 mi
State: IN
Concrete

Tracy Trail

1.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Vandalia Trail

16 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Accordion

White Lick Creek Trail

3.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

White River Wapahani Trail

6.85 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The B&O Trail, which is being developed along a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad corridor in Indiana, is planned to one day stretch more than 60 miles from Indianapolis to Montezuma. The segment in...
IN 3.1 mi Asphalt
The B-Line Trail in Bloomington runs for 3 miles between Adams Street (near the tracks) and West Country Club Drive. The trail passes through downtown Bloomington and by a railroad switchyard. The...
IN 3.1 mi Asphalt
The Bloomington Rail-Trail is a 2-mile segment of crushed stone that runs through a suburban wooded corridor. The trail extends between W. Country Club Drive in the north and Church Lane in the south....
IN 2 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Central Canal Towpath, also known as the IWC Canal Greenway, features two 19th-century iron bridges that cross the waterway, designated an American Water Landmark. As you follow the tree-lined,...
IN 5.23 mi Crushed Stone
Bloomington's Clear Creek Trail runs between Tapp Road in the north and the Blooming Rail-Trail in the south, linking with the latter just north of Church Lane. Although the Clear Creek Trail is...
IN 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Columbus People Trail offers an easy and convenient way for residents in this small Indiana city to get around by bike or on foot. The network comprises more than 15 miles of sidewalks, on-road...
IN 15.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Providing a slice of scenic beauty in an urban setting, the Fall Creek Trail follows the titular creek along a quiet, forested corridor in northern Indianapolis. Offering a variety of recreation...
IN 6.9 mi Asphalt
The Franklin Greenway Trail (also known as the Franklin Historic Trail) is 3.4 miles of paths threading through Franklin’s parks while connecting community amenities such as schools, community centers...
IN 3.4 mi Asphalt
The Heritage Trail of Madison connects the downtown of Madison, Indiana, with its steep hilltop section. Begin your journey at the intersection of Vaughn Drive and Vernon Street along the Ohio River....
IN 2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
After six years under construction, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (ICT) was well worth the wait. The trail is a definite boon for the city and also ranks among some of the country’s nicest urban...
IN 9.2 mi Asphalt
The Landersdale Trail is a 10-foot-wide, paved asphalt path that runs adjacent to and parallel to Landersdale Road in northern Morgan County. The western end of the path connects the fringe of the...
IN 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway will one day stretch 20 miles through southwestern Indiana from Bedford to Indian Springs. The region’s rural beauty will be showcased along the way with...
IN 10.3 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone
The Monon Trail is a colossus in the world of Midwest rail-trails. The trail is attractive and well designed, with an astonishing practicality as an urban transportation corridor. The trail stitches...
IN 24 mi Asphalt
The Henry County segment of the National Road Heritage Trail runs for nearly 5 miles over two segments. One runs from N. West Street in Raysville east to CR 425 W in Ogden (2 miles); the other between...
IN 5 mi Crushed Stone
The P&E Trail begins at the corner of Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave of Indianapolis. This eastern endpoint of the trail is just a stone’s throw away...
IN 2 mi Gravel
The straight, paved Pennsy Trail—not to be confused with the Pennsy Greenway located farther north in the Chicago suburbs—occupies a portion of the old right-of-way of the Pennsylvania Railroad...
IN 9.8 mi Asphalt
The Pleasant Run Trail travels along both the creek and road of the same name as it courses through eastern Indianapolis, although the trail is located on sidewalks in certain areas. In the north, the...
IN 6.9 mi Asphalt
Bloomington’s Polly Grimshaw Trail is a short rail-with-trail that provides a crucial link from the city’s east side to State Route 45, close to Indiana University. The trail runs between apartments...
IN 0.65 mi Concrete
The Tracy Trail is a short suburban greenway in the town of Greenwood. The trail runs north–south between Summerfield Park and just north of Woodman Park near Southwest Elementary School. The open...
IN 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Vandalia Trail is the longest open component of the National Road Heritage Trail, a proposed border-to-border trail stretching between Terre Haute and Richmond, Indiana, a span of more than 150...
IN 16 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Accordion
White Lick Creek Trail is the north-south spine of the Plainfield trail system, connecting several parks and the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. On its northern end, the trail meets the...
IN 3.5 mi Asphalt
The White River Wapahani Trail is nearly 7 miles long, stretching from 38th Street at Riverside Regional Park south to W. Raymond Street. Near downtown Indianapolis, the trail provides access to White...
IN 6.85 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

Clear Creek Trail (IN)

IN - 2.4 miles

Bloomington's Clear Creek Trail runs between Tapp Road in the north and the Blooming Rail-Trail in the south, linking with the latter just north of Church Lane. Although the Clear Creek Trail is...

White River Wapahani Trail

IN - 6.85 miles

The White River Wapahani Trail is nearly 7 miles long, stretching from 38th Street at Riverside Regional Park south to W. Raymond Street. Near downtown Indianapolis, the trail provides access to White...

Bloomington Rail Trail

IN - 2 miles

The Bloomington Rail-Trail is a 2-mile segment of crushed stone that runs through a suburban wooded corridor. The trail extends between W. Country Club Drive in the north and Church Lane in the south....

Monon Trail

IN - 24 miles

The Monon Trail is a colossus in the world of Midwest rail-trails. The trail is attractive and well designed, with an astonishing practicality as an urban transportation corridor. The trail stitches...

Accordion

P&E Trail

IN - 2 miles

The P&E Trail begins at the corner of Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave of Indianapolis. This eastern endpoint of the trail is just a stone’s throw away...

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

IN - 6.9 miles

Providing a slice of scenic beauty in an urban setting, the Fall Creek Trail follows the titular creek along a quiet, forested corridor in northern Indianapolis. Offering a variety of recreation...

National Road Heritage Trail (Henry County)

IN - 5 miles

The Henry County segment of the National Road Heritage Trail runs for nearly 5 miles over two segments. One runs from N. West Street in Raysville east to CR 425 W in Ogden (2 miles); the other between...

B-Line Trail

IN - 3.1 miles

The B-Line Trail in Bloomington runs for 3 miles between Adams Street (near the tracks) and West Country Club Drive. The trail passes through downtown Bloomington and by a railroad switchyard. The...

Vandalia Trail

IN - 16 miles

The Vandalia Trail is the longest open component of the National Road Heritage Trail, a proposed border-to-border trail stretching between Terre Haute and Richmond, Indiana, a span of more than 150...

Landersdale Trail

IN - 1.5 miles

The Landersdale Trail is a 10-foot-wide, paved asphalt path that runs adjacent to and parallel to Landersdale Road in northern Morgan County. The western end of the path connects the fringe of the...

White Lick Creek Trail

IN - 3.5 miles

White Lick Creek Trail is the north-south spine of the Plainfield trail system, connecting several parks and the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. On its northern end, the trail meets the...

Pennsy Trail

IN - 9.8 miles

The straight, paved Pennsy Trail—not to be confused with the Pennsy Greenway located farther north in the Chicago suburbs—occupies a portion of the old right-of-way of the Pennsylvania Railroad...

Columbus People Trail

IN - 15.7 miles

The Columbus People Trail offers an easy and convenient way for residents in this small Indiana city to get around by bike or on foot. The network comprises more than 15 miles of sidewalks, on-road...

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

IN - 9.2 miles

After six years under construction, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (ICT) was well worth the wait. The trail is a definite boon for the city and also ranks among some of the country’s nicest urban...

Franklin Greenway Trail

IN - 3.4 miles

The Franklin Greenway Trail (also known as the Franklin Historic Trail) is 3.4 miles of paths threading through Franklin’s parks while connecting community amenities such as schools, community centers...

B&O Trail

IN - 3.1 miles

The B&O Trail, which is being developed along a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad corridor in Indiana, is planned to one day stretch more than 60 miles from Indianapolis to Montezuma. The segment in...

Central Canal Towpath

IN - 5.23 miles

The Central Canal Towpath, also known as the IWC Canal Greenway, features two 19th-century iron bridges that cross the waterway, designated an American Water Landmark. As you follow the tree-lined,...

Pleasant Run Trail

IN - 6.9 miles

The Pleasant Run Trail travels along both the creek and road of the same name as it courses through eastern Indianapolis, although the trail is located on sidewalks in certain areas. In the north, the...

Polly Grimshaw Trail

IN - 0.65 miles

Bloomington’s Polly Grimshaw Trail is a short rail-with-trail that provides a crucial link from the city’s east side to State Route 45, close to Indiana University. The trail runs between apartments...

Tracy Trail

IN - 1.5 miles

The Tracy Trail is a short suburban greenway in the town of Greenwood. The trail runs north–south between Summerfield Park and just north of Woodman Park near Southwest Elementary School. The open...

Bloomington Rail Trail

IN - 2 miles

The Bloomington Rail-Trail is a 2-mile segment of crushed stone that runs through a suburban wooded corridor. The trail extends between W. Country Club Drive in the north and Church Lane in the south....

P&E Trail

IN - 2 miles

The P&E Trail begins at the corner of Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave of Indianapolis. This eastern endpoint of the trail is just a stone’s throw away...

Vandalia Trail

IN - 16 miles

The Vandalia Trail is the longest open component of the National Road Heritage Trail, a proposed border-to-border trail stretching between Terre Haute and Richmond, Indiana, a span of more than 150...

Landersdale Trail

IN - 1.5 miles

The Landersdale Trail is a 10-foot-wide, paved asphalt path that runs adjacent to and parallel to Landersdale Road in northern Morgan County. The western end of the path connects the fringe of the...

Accordion

B-Line Trail

IN - 3.1 miles

The B-Line Trail in Bloomington runs for 3 miles between Adams Street (near the tracks) and West Country Club Drive. The trail passes through downtown Bloomington and by a railroad switchyard. The...

Pennsy Trail

IN - 9.8 miles

The straight, paved Pennsy Trail—not to be confused with the Pennsy Greenway located farther north in the Chicago suburbs—occupies a portion of the old right-of-way of the Pennsylvania Railroad...

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

IN - 9.2 miles

After six years under construction, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (ICT) was well worth the wait. The trail is a definite boon for the city and also ranks among some of the country’s nicest urban...

B&O Trail

IN - 3.1 miles

The B&O Trail, which is being developed along a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad corridor in Indiana, is planned to one day stretch more than 60 miles from Indianapolis to Montezuma. The segment in...

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

IN - 10.3 miles

The Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway will one day stretch 20 miles through southwestern Indiana from Bedford to Indian Springs. The region’s rural beauty will be showcased along the way with...

Central Canal Towpath

IN - 5.23 miles

The Central Canal Towpath, also known as the IWC Canal Greenway, features two 19th-century iron bridges that cross the waterway, designated an American Water Landmark. As you follow the tree-lined,...

Clear Creek Trail (IN)

IN - 2.4 miles

Bloomington's Clear Creek Trail runs between Tapp Road in the north and the Blooming Rail-Trail in the south, linking with the latter just north of Church Lane. Although the Clear Creek Trail is...

White Lick Creek Trail

IN - 3.5 miles

White Lick Creek Trail is the north-south spine of the Plainfield trail system, connecting several parks and the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. On its northern end, the trail meets the...

Tracy Trail

IN - 1.5 miles

The Tracy Trail is a short suburban greenway in the town of Greenwood. The trail runs north–south between Summerfield Park and just north of Woodman Park near Southwest Elementary School. The open...

National Road Heritage Trail (Henry County)

IN - 5 miles

The Henry County segment of the National Road Heritage Trail runs for nearly 5 miles over two segments. One runs from N. West Street in Raysville east to CR 425 W in Ogden (2 miles); the other between...

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

IN - 6.9 miles

Providing a slice of scenic beauty in an urban setting, the Fall Creek Trail follows the titular creek along a quiet, forested corridor in northern Indianapolis. Offering a variety of recreation...

Polly Grimshaw Trail

IN - 0.65 miles

Bloomington’s Polly Grimshaw Trail is a short rail-with-trail that provides a crucial link from the city’s east side to State Route 45, close to Indiana University. The trail runs between apartments...

Pleasant Run Trail

IN - 6.9 miles

The Pleasant Run Trail travels along both the creek and road of the same name as it courses through eastern Indianapolis, although the trail is located on sidewalks in certain areas. In the north, the...

Heritage Trail of Madison

IN - 2 miles

The Heritage Trail of Madison connects the downtown of Madison, Indiana, with its steep hilltop section. Begin your journey at the intersection of Vaughn Drive and Vernon Street along the Ohio River....

Franklin Greenway Trail

IN - 3.4 miles

The Franklin Greenway Trail (also known as the Franklin Historic Trail) is 3.4 miles of paths threading through Franklin’s parks while connecting community amenities such as schools, community centers...

Monon Trail

IN - 24 miles

The Monon Trail is a colossus in the world of Midwest rail-trails. The trail is attractive and well designed, with an astonishing practicality as an urban transportation corridor. The trail stitches...

Columbus People Trail

IN - 15.7 miles

The Columbus People Trail offers an easy and convenient way for residents in this small Indiana city to get around by bike or on foot. The network comprises more than 15 miles of sidewalks, on-road...

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

IN - 9.2 miles

After six years under construction, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (ICT) was well worth the wait. The trail is a definite boon for the city and also ranks among some of the country’s nicest urban...

White River Wapahani Trail

IN - 6.85 miles

The White River Wapahani Trail is nearly 7 miles long, stretching from 38th Street at Riverside Regional Park south to W. Raymond Street. Near downtown Indianapolis, the trail provides access to White...

Polly Grimshaw Trail

IN - 0.65 miles

Bloomington’s Polly Grimshaw Trail is a short rail-with-trail that provides a crucial link from the city’s east side to State Route 45, close to Indiana University. The trail runs between apartments...

Accordion

Vandalia Trail

IN - 16 miles

The Vandalia Trail is the longest open component of the National Road Heritage Trail, a proposed border-to-border trail stretching between Terre Haute and Richmond, Indiana, a span of more than 150...

P&E Trail

IN - 2 miles

The P&E Trail begins at the corner of Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave of Indianapolis. This eastern endpoint of the trail is just a stone’s throw away...

Heritage Trail of Madison

IN - 2 miles

The Heritage Trail of Madison connects the downtown of Madison, Indiana, with its steep hilltop section. Begin your journey at the intersection of Vaughn Drive and Vernon Street along the Ohio River....

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

IN - 10.3 miles

The Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway will one day stretch 20 miles through southwestern Indiana from Bedford to Indian Springs. The region’s rural beauty will be showcased along the way with...

B&O Trail

IN - 3.1 miles

The B&O Trail, which is being developed along a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad corridor in Indiana, is planned to one day stretch more than 60 miles from Indianapolis to Montezuma. The segment in...

Franklin Greenway Trail

IN - 3.4 miles

The Franklin Greenway Trail (also known as the Franklin Historic Trail) is 3.4 miles of paths threading through Franklin’s parks while connecting community amenities such as schools, community centers...

Bloomington Rail Trail

IN - 2 miles

The Bloomington Rail-Trail is a 2-mile segment of crushed stone that runs through a suburban wooded corridor. The trail extends between W. Country Club Drive in the north and Church Lane in the south....

Tracy Trail

IN - 1.5 miles

The Tracy Trail is a short suburban greenway in the town of Greenwood. The trail runs north–south between Summerfield Park and just north of Woodman Park near Southwest Elementary School. The open...

Central Canal Towpath

IN - 5.23 miles

The Central Canal Towpath, also known as the IWC Canal Greenway, features two 19th-century iron bridges that cross the waterway, designated an American Water Landmark. As you follow the tree-lined,...

White Lick Creek Trail

IN - 3.5 miles

White Lick Creek Trail is the north-south spine of the Plainfield trail system, connecting several parks and the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. On its northern end, the trail meets the...

Landersdale Trail

IN - 1.5 miles

The Landersdale Trail is a 10-foot-wide, paved asphalt path that runs adjacent to and parallel to Landersdale Road in northern Morgan County. The western end of the path connects the fringe of the...

National Road Heritage Trail (Henry County)

IN - 5 miles

The Henry County segment of the National Road Heritage Trail runs for nearly 5 miles over two segments. One runs from N. West Street in Raysville east to CR 425 W in Ogden (2 miles); the other between...

Clear Creek Trail (IN)

IN - 2.4 miles

Bloomington's Clear Creek Trail runs between Tapp Road in the north and the Blooming Rail-Trail in the south, linking with the latter just north of Church Lane. Although the Clear Creek Trail is...

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

IN - 6.9 miles

Providing a slice of scenic beauty in an urban setting, the Fall Creek Trail follows the titular creek along a quiet, forested corridor in northern Indianapolis. Offering a variety of recreation...

Monon Trail

IN - 24 miles

The Monon Trail is a colossus in the world of Midwest rail-trails. The trail is attractive and well designed, with an astonishing practicality as an urban transportation corridor. The trail stitches...

Pleasant Run Trail

IN - 6.9 miles

The Pleasant Run Trail travels along both the creek and road of the same name as it courses through eastern Indianapolis, although the trail is located on sidewalks in certain areas. In the north, the...

Recent Trail Reviews

B-Line Trail

Great Trail

May, 2017 by frank17

We ride this trail whenever we can and all the trails that join the B-Line. Well maintained and friendly folks from start to finish. Great Trail!!!

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

Beautiful in areas

April, 2017 by kgremosindy

I only give it three stars for a variety of reasons even though portions of the trail are beautiful to ride on. We ride this trail frequently as part of our commute to work in downtown Indianapolis. The north section of trail between Skiles Test Park and 56th Street/Emerson is very nice. It has fairly new asphalt, sits up out of the flood plain, and is wide enough to provide for safe passing of pedestrians. The southern section of the trail from approximately Fall Creek Pkwy and Allisonville Rd to Fall Creek Pkwy and Central Ave is also in good shape but you have to cross the river via the 38th St Bridge (on the busy road or on the pot hole/light pole filled sidewalk). The trail currently dead-ends at Central Avenue due to road and bridge work. The portion of trail between 56th/Emerson and Allisonville/Fall Creek needs a major upgrade. It is narrow, bumpy, curvy, and floods or holds water when it rains. Because it is within the flood plain, silt tends to collect which makes for slick going after a rain event. Once this section is upgraded and they finish the 38th St Bridge crossing it will be a very nice trail to the near northeast side. It will be even better if they ever continue it all the way downtown.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Fun Urban Trail

April, 2017 by arblady32

I rode and my daughter ran the Cultural Trail in September 2016. It is mainly a large square around the downtown area with a few branches which in some cases connect with other trails (the Monon and Pleasant Creek Trails). We found the trail to be very well marked and easy to follow with many opportunities for stopping at a cultural venue or a quick bite to eat or to relax at an outdoor park. A highlight of the trail is the portion that dips below street level along The Canal and connects with the White River Wapahani Trail which goes by the Indianapolis Zoo. The trail is easy to negotiate and quite flat. That said, this is not the trail for a training ride as there are many streets to cross and the trail is shared in some places with walkers occasionally making for crowded conditions. It is a trail very well-suited for a leisurely ride with easy access and parking, and definitely rates very highly among urban trails.

Accordion

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

Great trail

March, 2017 by emmis

3/20/17 rode my Trek X-Cal 29er roundtrip from N Street in Bedford to the Williams Dam - the trail is complete and well-maintained. A great resource for locals and a hidden gem for travelers. Bedford is a friendly small city and this location will be on my regular circuit.

Monon Trail

Best trail I've seen yet!

March, 2017 by erob_stbc

This is one great trail! My favorite so far in Indy. Lots of water, bathrooms, people, scenery. I run it every chance I get when I'm in Indy. I live in Lake County and our trails suck compared to the Monon!

Bloomington Rail Trail

Great Trail

November, 2016 by tucker88

I live near this trail and love the connection between the Clear Creek Trail and the B-line. :)

Monon Trail

Nice Trial

September, 2016 by mpmpuckett

My wife and I rode this entire trial on July 23, 2016. This was are first trial of the Rail- Trail Hall of Fame book we got from this website. There are 29 Trials in all. Our goal is to ride all of them in the years to come. We Started this trial from sothern trial point in Indianapolis and rode notrh to westfield. Trial is all paved and in good shape. there is alot of cross streets in sothern part so be carefull. lots of places to eat and shop on the way. So get out ride.

Monon Trail

Fine, but could be better

August, 2016 by pedalfree

I've ridden the entire length of the Monon Trail and although I like it, I can think of a number of similar trails (Boise River Greenbelt, GAP and 3 Rivers Heritage Trails in Pittsburgh, North Cedar Lake Trail, Grand Rounds and Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis) that are far superior. The problem is the road crossings. It's not just that they exist, but that they're very poorly designed. Take 86th Street, for example. It requires you to detour east to an intersection to cross this busy arterial. I understand budgetary constraints, but at the very least a dedicated signaled crosswalk seems appropriate here. It just feels wrong, as if no cyclists were consulted in the design. Lately, crime has been a bit of a problem along the Monon as well. If you live in Indy, this is a fine resource and, as the description states, a potential transportation corridor. That's good. With a few design improvements, it could be much better. If you're from out of town, there are other trails I'd travel to before the Monon.

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

Awesome discovery!

August, 2016 by andersondan

I started at U Street trailhead (the only parking that I am aware of) on a hybrid 15-speed. I think that this is the perfect bike for the trail. Skinny street tires might not do so well in the gravel. The gravel is very small and well packed though. There was a port-a-john at U Street and at Cockston Rd. I rode about 55 minutes, and turned around just past a new covered bridge. The steepest portion was from Cockston Rd, headed away from Bedford. Riding it in the highest gear, I got a good burn going. The trail is very scenic, with rock outcroppings, woodlands, farm fields, etc. I saw one deer, and several rabbits. Do take water, as there is none on the trail. This trail has a five-star potential. It was a little weedy as I got further from Bedford, and a large tree had fallen across it at one point. I look forward to riding this again, and to seeing the future extensions opened.

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

Nice Easy Ride!

August, 2016 by sweetcat

Biked from U street to Dams Rd. a bit father than 10 miles and then back to U street. We rode our mountain bikes and they handled the gravel easily. I didn't see any fresh water sources until the small market at the end so carry water as needed. There is at least one porta potty on the trail but the U street trail head sits very close to town with ample fast food places so you can easily make a pitstop before hitting the trail. Once on the trail we had a thunder storm blow through and took shelter under an overpass. Colorful flowers lined the path. It is obvious this trail is well maintained. The trail is quite an easy ride even stopping to take photos and snack we made the round trip in well under 2 hours. There is a lovely little covered bridge near the end and it was decorated with American flags and bows that was beautiful to see. The ride out from U street seems to be a bit more of a slight grade than the way back so it is even easier to make time heading home. It appears they are lengthening the trail as there are orange construction fences and barrels at the end blocking off what seems to be the next section. I can't wait to see what the trail will be like beyond when it is finished! I'm hoping for another 10 or 20 mile addition which would make this even more worth the 2 hour drive from home ( with all the construction :( on 37 )

Monon Trail

Great Trail

July, 2016 by mkozimor

My husband and I are 69 and, after some research, decided to visit Indianapolis in July for a 4 day bicycling mini-vacation. We left on a Wednesday morning and arrived around 1:00 at the downtown Courtyard Marriott. We enjoy casual, recreational biking, and not going much beyond 20 miles roundtrip. Indianapolis was a perfect destination! The hotel had valet parking, which we appreciated! Day one: The person at the hotel desk gave us bicycle maps and told us how to get to the Monan Trail, since we decided to go from Indianapolis to Broad Ripple that first day. We were to take the Cultural Trail through the downtown to get to the Monan. The Cultural Trail is amazing – It is a bricked trail dedicated to bicyclists, much of the time next to a sidewalk for pedestrians and totally separated from car traffic throughout the downtown area. All we had to do to get to it was cross the street! I have to admit, we got lost, but eventually found our way to the beginning of the Monan. The first part of that trail went through some industrial areas, that seemed somewhat “sketchy”, but it was sunny, there were other people along the way, and we felt safe. There is not a whole lot of shade in this area, so it was hot. We had an early dinner in Broad Ripple at a little pub, explored the area for a bit, and headed back. Total (included getting somewhat lost!) : just under 20 miles. After storing the bikes behind the front desk of the hotel, we cleaned up and rested a bit, and headed across the street to walk around the canal district. Beautiful area! A walking/biking trail goes around the whole area. Gondolas and pedal boats were going up and down the canal. Museums line the canal. We listened to a free concert and had a snack at an eating place along the way! Day two: We decided to explore downtown Indianapolis in more depth. We rode the entire Cultural Trail and found out how easy it should have been to find the Monan yesterday! We stopped and took pictures at several landmarks and public buildings. We stopped at the City Market, and walked around the stalls of food. We went inside Circle Center Mall, a shopping center with all your typical stores in the middle of the downtown. Then we rode along the canal district, which did not seem too crowded on a Thursday afternoon. As we rode by the Indiana History Center, we saw that it was free admission on Thursday, so we went in for a short visit. We only got in about 13 miles total on day two and went back to the hotel to rest and get ready for dinner in Zionsville at a restaurant we had heard about called the Salty Cowboy - great restaurant, cute town! That night we walked over to the Canal District to listen to a free concert in front of the Indiana History Center. We sat on the hillside across the canal from the venue and thoroughly enjoyed the music and watching people dancing along the canal! Day three: We put our bikes back on the car and traveled to Broad Ripple to continue on the Monan Trail and get to Carmel! This ride was almost totally through shaded areas – so nice for another hot day! Carmel is an upscale, beautiful area, with restaurants along the bike trail. If we go back, we would stop at Bubb's Burgers for a meal! Lots of fun statues on the trail, including a police officer directing traffic, a man helping a child ride a bike, and more. We would have explored longer, but it looked like we might be getting rain, so we headed back. About 18 miles round trip. We spent that evening with a relative... Day four: We got a late check-out time of 1:00, so we had time in the morning for some more exploring. We decided to take the Skywalk in the hotel to go to the center of downtown and have breakfast. The Indianapolis Skywalk goes all over the city, between hotels, to the Lucas Oil Stadium, to the City Center Mall, and more. It was pretty deserted, but it was interesting to follow. We came out at City Center Mall and ate breakfast outside at Cafe Patachou. We then walked the rest of the way back to our hotel, got our bikes and went back near the Canal area, but this time went towards the Indianapolis Zoo. So glad we didn't miss this area! We were able to ride via bike trail almost all the way around the zoo. We also discovered another connecting trail – the White River Trail. We turned back after a short time, but enjoyed the scenic ride along the river. Then we went on the other side of the zoo and rode on the White River Promenade quite a distance, a trail separated from the zoo by huge boulders stacked along the path. Beautiful! Total ride about 15 miles. Synopsis of why we loved Indianapolis for biking: 1. Trails were almost totally flat 2. Crossings were mostly easily done – crossing buttons at most of them, to stop traffic; drivers were used to bicyclists and stopped for you at crossing areas whether there was a button or not 3. Trails connected to almost everything and connected to other trails in the area. 4. We stayed right across from the Cultural Trail and had easy access. 5. It felt VERY safe. 6. It was VERY clean. 7. Lots to see and do.

Vandalia Trail

First Time Trail Cyclist

July, 2016 by jmcnabb_tl

I live within five miles of the Amo trailhead but until this week I have never been on the trail. What a pleasant change in perspective. I know the roads and communities along the trail in western Hendricks county but never at such a delightful pace. Coming back soon!

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