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106th Street Path

5.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

146th Street Trail

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Anderson Airport Trail

1.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

B&O Trail

7.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Bicentennial Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Thorntown)

9.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Big 4 Trail (Whitestown)

2.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Big 4 Trail (Zionsville)

3.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Bridgewater Club Trail

2.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Cardinal Greenway

62 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Carey Road Trail

1.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Centennial Trail (IN)

2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Central Canal Towpath

5.23 mi
State: IN
Crushed Stone

Converse Junction Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Delphi Historic Trails

9.8 mi
State: IN
Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Eagle Creek Trail

7.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

6.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Greyhound Trail

0.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Hagan-Burke Trail

1.42 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Accordion

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

9.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Industrial Heritage Trail

2.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Lenape Trace Trail

1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Little Turtle Waterway Trail

1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Midland Trace Trail

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Monon Trail

27.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Natalie Wheeler Trail

1.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Nickel Plate Trail

36.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

P&E Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Gravel

Panhandle Pathway

22 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail

0.75 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pennsy Trail

11.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pleasant Run Trail

6.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pogues Run Trail

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

River Bluff Trail

1.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Ronald Reagan Parkway Trail

3.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Sweetser Switch Trail

4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Tracy Trail

1.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Vandalia Trail

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

White Lick Creek Trail

3.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

White Lick Creek Trail (Avon)

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

White River Greenway

4.89 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Dirt

White River Greenway (Carmel)

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

White River Greenway (Muncie)

5.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

White River Greenway (Noblesville)

5.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

White River Wapahani Trail

6.85 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Wilbur Wright Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Woolly Bear Parkway Trail

1.4 mi
State: IN
Grass, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The 106th Street path is a smooth asphalt connector linking the communities of Zionsville and Carmel. The trail begins on Pennsylvania St. in Carmel, crosses US 31 and then continues alongside the...
IN 5.7 mi Asphalt
The 146th Street Trail is a linear pathway that follows its namesake roadway across Westfield, which lies on the northern outskirts of Indianapolis. At Rohrer Road, the pathway connects to the Monon...
IN 2.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Planes, trains and automobiles: the Anderson Airport Trail in Madison County has it all.  The asphalt trail begins at the perimeter of the Anderson Municipal Airport runway in Chesterfield and allows...
IN 1.5 mi Asphalt
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 paved...
IN 7.6 mi Asphalt
This linear recreational trail allows residents of Avon to connect to the B&O Trail in neighboring Brownsburg without having to drive to it. The trail starts on Country Road 100 and takes a straight...
IN 2 mi Asphalt
The Big 4 Trail is a developing rail-trail route across Boone County that will one day span 50 miles. Currently, two disconnected segments of the rail-trail are open. The name is a reference to the...
IN 9.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Big 4 Trail will eventually connect all of Boone County, from the Marion County line to the south, to the Clinton County line to the north. A large portion of the rail-trail is already complete....
IN 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Big 4 Trail will one day stretch 50-plus miles across Boone County, from the northern suburbs of Indianapolis to Lafayette. The Big 4 in the trail name refers to the old Cleveland, Cincinnati,...
IN 3.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Bridgewater Club Trail surrounds an upscale neighborhood of the same name, providing residents with easy access to the community's many amenities, including a golf course, fitness center and spa....
IN 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail-trail in Indiana, connects Marion, Muncie, Losantville, Richmond and a host of other small towns in rural northeastern Indiana. The trail takes its name from...
IN 62 mi Asphalt
The Carey Road Trail offers a straight north-south route through southeastern Westfield. It parallels the eastern side of the roadway through rural areas and residential communities, including the...
IN 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Centennial Trail lies in a pleasant neighborhood of the same name in southwestern Westfield, about 15 miles north of Indianapolis. The trail crisscrosses a broad stretch of open space along...
IN 2 mi Asphalt
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
Completed in late 2015, the Converse Junction Trail provides 2 miles of smooth asphalt along a former Penn Central railroad line, linking the small Indiana communities of Converse and Mier. The trail...
IN 2 mi Asphalt
Visitors to the Delphi Historic Trails network can tour the historical town of Delphi in north-central Indiana by foot or bicycle—or skis in the winter—on old canal towpaths and former railroad...
IN 9.8 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone
This 7-mile Indianapolis trail is worth keeping an eye on: the vision for the Eagle Creek Trail is a 16-mile corridor reaching from the hills of Eagle Park to White River. The greenway will provide...
IN 7.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
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 Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Greyhound Trail is sandwiched between a residential community and the Carmel High School Stadium. A portion of the trail follows the former North Indianapolis Electric Interurban Railroad, and a...
IN 0.4 mi Asphalt
Although less than 2 miles long, the Hagan-Burke Trail provides valuable connections to three other trails in the city of Carmel: the Monon Trail (an 18-mile RTC Hall-of-Famer that stretches to...
IN 1.42 mi Asphalt
Accordion
Located in the heart of vibrant downtown Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is an ideal way to experience all the city has to offer. The trail links five cultural districts flush with...
IN 9.1 mi Asphalt
Kokomo's nickname is the "City of Firsts" and the Industrial Heritage Trail celebrates its progressive and inventive past with public art and signage highlighting the historic significance of some of...
IN 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Lenape Trace Trail is a short connector path that links a newer residential development in Carmel, Indiana, with both the Sunrise Golf Course and the popular Monon Trail. Residents of the...
IN 1 mi Asphalt
The Little Turtle Waterway Trail covers 1 mile along the Wabash River and is part of a 5-acre park in downtown Logansport. The rail-trail part of the equation comes from what is called the Gateway,...
IN 1 mi Asphalt
Much of the Midland Trace Trail is still in the planning and development stage; however, three short, disconnected segments totaling nearly 2.5 miles have been constructed as of 2013. When...
IN 2.3 mi Asphalt
Railroads helped Indianapolis grow into a transportation hub and manufacturing center beginning in the 1850s. One of those early railways that shaped the city’s future is remembered today along the...
IN 27.1 mi Asphalt
The Natalie Wheeler Trail provides a straight north-south route along Union Street/Westfield Boulevard in the Indianapolis metro area. Although it parallels the roadway, the trail's western side is...
IN 1.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 Nickel Plate Trail traverses rural Indiana from Rochester south to the outskirts of Kokomo, with a short gap in the middle in Peru. The rail-trail runs along the former corridor of the Peru &...
IN 36.9 mi Asphalt
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
Indiana’s Panhandle Pathway follows a former Pennsylvania Railroad corridor out of Winamac south to Kenneth. Along the way, the trail links the communities of Star City, Thornhope, and Royal Center...
IN 22 mi Asphalt
Although short at less than 1 mile long, the Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail is well worth a trip. Located in eastern Wabash, the scenic loop trail winds through Paradise Spring Historical Park and...
IN 0.75 mi Asphalt
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 11.4 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
Pogues Run gets its name from one of the earliest pioneers to the area, a blacksmith named George Pogue who settled on the banks of the creek now bearing his name in 1819. The corridor itself predates...
IN 2.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The River Bluff Trail follows the Eel River for 1.3 miles along an elevated, paved surface, traversing some wooded areas. There are no street crossings along the way; the trail stretches between SR...
IN 1.3 mi Asphalt
This trail travels 3.2 miles atop an asphalt path beside the Ronald Reagan Parkway in Avon, Indiana. Starting at County Road 300 N, the trail heads south connecting to the B&O Trail via an underpass....
IN 3.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Sweetser Switch Trail is a “sweet” paved rail-trail and an important regional connector in spite of its short 4-mile length. The trail joins the 2-mile Converse Junction Trail in the west and a...
IN 4 mi Asphalt
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 (NRHT), a proposed border-to-border trail stretching between Terre Haute and Richmond, a span of more than 150...
IN 16 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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
White Lick Creek Greenway is a paved hike-and-bike trail in the Town of Avon, Hendricks County. The trail makes an asset of the creek and its riparian woodlands, offering users a tranquil journey...
IN 2.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The White River Greenway in Anderson, IN is approximately 4.89 miles paved (with a small section of boardwalk) along the White River and continues approximately 1.7 miles unpaved. It links multiple...
IN 4.89 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Dirt
One of a handful of trails following the White River in Indiana, Carmel’s White River Greenway parallels the scenic waterway for much of its journey through the eastern part of the city. Along the...
IN 2.3 mi Asphalt
Muncie's White River Greenway follows the course of its namesake river through the city between W. White River Boulevard at W. River Road and N. Gavin Street at Bunch Boulevard. The trail corridor...
IN 5.6 mi Asphalt
A restored covered bridge that dates back to 1837 is the centerpiece of Noblesville’s White River Greenway, which opened in 1999. The level to gently rolling asphalt trail, which hugs the banks of the...
IN 5.9 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
Wilbur Wright Trail will one day extend from New Castle (in Henry County) to Losantville (in Randolph County), where it will connect to the Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail-trail in Indiana. The...
IN 2 mi Asphalt
The Woolly Bear Parkway Trail is on the former Pennsylvania rail corridor that starts in Kennard and extends west for 1.4 miles. The rustic trail is mostly grass with a gravel base, and lined with...
IN 1.4 mi Grass, Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

Nickel Plate Trail

worst trail ever

July, 2021 by djessie413

Eaten alive by deer flies. Road crossings are EXTREMELY dangerous

Nickel Plate Trail

A very nice trail

July, 2021 by tim.patz

This is another example of a 4.5 rating.
This is a very nice paved, flat, level path.
I parked near the bridge that crosses over route 35 and headed north.
The path runs through a rather rural/country area with a good bit of trees/shade.
So as always, if in the area and want to get a couple miles in, give this a run.
It looks like a good trail for an enjoyable and possible long bike ride as well.
Maybe if I'm ever back in the area....

Monon Trail

More than meets the eye

July, 2021 by hadley6609

I live in Indy and I traverse 6.2 miles of the Monon as my daily commute (on days I ride to work). So this trail is an old acquaintance of mine. This review is intended to give a bigger-picture idea of what the Monon has to offer. The trail is about 27 miles, from the Northern exurb of Sheridan all the way down to 10th street on the near East side of Indianapolis. It is, for the most part, your typical rail trail: straight as an arrow, point A to point B . The trail exists in two counties; Marion county is the urban center of Indianapolis, and Hamilton county, which is the most affluent county in the metro area. The conditions of the trail reflect this reality. The Marion county section was scheduled to begin resurfacing and widening in 2020, but then 2020 happened. The only improvement to be accomplished in the Marion county section over the course of 2020 was the completion of a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over busy 38th street, which was VERY needed. Near the southern terminus, there is currently (July 2021) massive highway construction that has impacted the Monon. One hopes the resurfacing will be done following all of that.

What I want to point out here, though, is that the Monon trail is actually just the most travelled of a network of fine bicycle trails that fan out over the city. The Monon bisects the Fall Creek trail, which travels from the near west side all the way east out to Fort Harrison state part, along fall creek. This is a great trail with long uninterrupted portions of riding. The southern terminus of the Monon is just a short jog over from one of the ends of the downtown Cultural Trail. You can ride the Cultural trail southwest across the downtown to link up with the Wapahani trail, which goes southward out of town along the White River. Another terminus of the cultural trail in Fountain Square is a short ride from the Pleasant Run trail, another creek-following trail that runs east out to the cool old neighborhood of Irvington. The Fall Creek trail now intersects, at its current western terminus, with the Canal Towpath trail, which is my personal favorite trail, though it is maybe the shortest of these. Up in Hamilton county, there are more trails spurring off of the Monon than you can shake a stick at, as they lead into the many suburban neighborhoods up there.

So, if you are looking at the Monon as a possible destination trail, please take time to consider it in its full context. We have a fun little city here. You can ride your bike along a combination of these trails to get to just about any of the fun parts of town. Our little group of bike riding friends regularly put in 30-50 mile rides all over the place, with very little street riding.

Accordion

Nickel Plate Trail

Rode from Peru south to Kokomo and hopped on the Industrial Heritage Trail. Watch the crossways out in the country! Weeds are pretty high and the roads, and traffic is fast.

June, 2021 by angiedavis1

Rode from Peru south to Kokomo and hopped on the Industrial Heritage Trail. Watch the crossways out in the country! Weeds are pretty high and the roads, and traffic is fast.

Panhandle Pathway

We rode this trail south to north. We enjoyed it greatly. Only a slight steady rise (279 ft) in the 22 miles. It was very peaceful and quiet. No very many travelers. All in all a good ride.05302021.

May, 2021 by emschaplain

We rode this trail south to north. We enjoyed it greatly. Only a slight steady rise (279 ft) in the 22 miles. It was very peaceful and quiet. No very many travelers. All in all a good ride.05302021.

Panhandle Pathway

We went south to north today. Great ride. Gained 279 ft in elevation. We will do it again.

May, 2021 by emschaplain

We went south to north today. Great ride. Gained 279 ft in elevation. We will do it again.

Panhandle Pathway

Great ride. We rode south to north. Gained 279 ft in elevation. Very few people.

May, 2021 by emschaplain

Great ride. We rode south to north. Gained 279 ft in elevation. Very few people.

National Road Heritage Trail (Henry County)

railway

May, 2021 by f8r4fsd6b7

Unpaved however lots of wildlife can be seen. Had to come to Lewisville to get on because couldn’t find access pint in raysville. Insects are out so if you go bring bud spray. Over all nice morning bike ride

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Thorntown)

Love this trail

May, 2021 by aringtonjw64

Love this trail

Nickel Plate Trail

Nickel Plate- Indiana farms on display

May, 2021 by bearcat80

I parked at the Nickel Plate marked trail head in Kokomo first rode south to downtown and then north to just south of Peru. The route to downtown Kokomo was well marked and an easy ride. Heading back north you will see many farms and small towns to pass through. My favorite was Bunker Hill. There are some stop signs. No rolling stops! The cross traffic are mostly trucks and travel at high speeds. A wonderful day in the country. Mike

Monon Trail

Monon... an urban trail

May, 2021 by bearcat80

Monon is a great urban trail. I recently rode it from Westfield to 10th St. Its well marked and well paved. But it has many stops. All are well marked but be alert. If you are riding for pace you will be disappointed. Its very picturesque. It travels through upscale Carmel and artsy Broad Ripple. Very cool train murals at lower end of the trail. Enjoyed it! Mike

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

Fall Creek ( Cathedral High School)

May, 2021 by alicianina

Did 13.1 miles round trip, and didn’t finished the trail. Clean, and new asphalt. Lots of shade, bathrooms re the gas station and one place to rent bikes along the trail. A lot of nature and river to the side. The only thing I found bad was, couple of “homeless tent “ but nothing to be concerned. I give a 5 stars trail.

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