Franklin, IN Birding Trails and Maps

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106th Street Path

5.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

146th Street Trail

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Amos Road Trail

1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Anderson Airport Trail

1.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

B&O Trail

7.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

B-Line Trail

3.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Bicentennial Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Colfax)

15.4 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

Bloomington Rail Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Blue River Trail (Shelbyville)

3.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Bridgewater Club Trail

2.6 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

Clear Creek Trail (IN)

2.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Columbus People Trail

15.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

Eagle Creek Trail

7.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Boardwalk
Accordion

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

6.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Franklin Greenway Trail

3.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Greyhound Trail

0.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Hagan-Burke Trail

1.42 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

9.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Landersdale Trail

1.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Lenape Trace Trail

1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Limestone Greenway

1.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Midland Trace Trail

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

10.3 mi
State: IN
Cinder, Crushed Stone

Monon Trail

27.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Natalie Wheeler Trail

1.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

P&E Trail

2 mi
State: IN
Gravel

Pennsy Trail

14.5 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

Polly Grimshaw Trail

0.65 mi
State: IN
Concrete

Progress Parkway Trail

4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Putnam Nature Trail

3.5 mi
State: IN
Crushed Stone

Ronald Reagan Parkway Trail

3.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

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 (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 White River Greenway brings residents of Martinsville to the river, for rest, for relaxation and for education. The asphalt trail begins at Old Town Waverly Park, and follows the river's course...
IN 2 mi Asphalt
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
The Amos Road Trail contributes a mile to Shelbyville's growing trail network. The trail is located in the southern reaches of the city. It is a flat shared-use path on the side of Amos Road, taking...
IN 1 mi Asphalt
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
The B-Line Trail in Bloomington runs for 3 miles between Adams Street (near the railroad tracks) and West Country Club Drive. The trail passes through downtown Bloomington and by a railroad...
IN 3.1 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 15.4 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 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...
IN 2 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Crossing from one end of Shelbyville to the other, the Blue River Trail provides a safe way for residents to walk or bike to a number of parks whilst enjoying the proximity to the city's beloved...
IN 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 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
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
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
Accordion
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 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
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
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 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 Limestone Greenway follows the former Illinois Central Railroad for 1.7 miles south of Bloomington. It's a smooth, asphalt trail that's easy enough for people of all ages to enjoy. The pathway...
IN 1.7 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
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
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 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 14.5 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
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 Progress Parkway Trail is a flat, hardtop shared-use path running along the east edge of Shelbyville, Indiana. Despite its name, the trail actually starts along Lee Boulevard, on the east edge of...
IN 4 mi Asphalt
The Putnam Nature Trail begins in Greencastle, the home of DePauw University. The trail is part of the National Road Heritage Trail (NRHT), a proposed 150-mile trail across Indiana along the former...
IN 3.5 mi Crushed Stone
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 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
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

Central Canal Towpath

Great trail

October, 2021 by tonyeret

Rode the trail today on a beautiful October day tying it in with the white river trail from downtown Indy. Temperature was 60 degrees and the path was in great shape after overnight rain. Sun King brewery at the turnaround. Awesome trail

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Colfax)

Fun trail!

October, 2021 by donanderson2828

Today was my first rails to trails ride and this one was amazing. Love the scenery and I plan to add many more to my list and come back to this trail again.

Midland Trace Trail

Westfield Segment Allows Golf Carts

October, 2021 by canterburymanortackshop

The trail is much longer than shown on this map. It continues through Noblesville to the intersection of SR 32 and Hague Road where there are further options. However, those who oversee the Westfield segment of the trail decided it was a good idea to allow golf carts on the trail. The trail, especially over bridges, is not much wider than a golf cart which makes this decision dangerous for walkers, runners, bikers, and children. The Noblesville section does not allow ANY motorized vehicles and is, therefore, much safer and more enjoyable.

Accordion

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Colfax)

wonderful trail!

October, 2021 by linda.rice1

This trail is shaded, and enjoyable — goes past farmland. I recommend a hybrid or mountain bike because some parts are bumpy old asphalt with some pea gravel. There are some roads to cross that are larger gravel. We got past thorntown and about 3-4 miles left of the trail to colfax was closed due to construction on a trail bridge. The workers said it should be open in a week or so. And you paved miles

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

Not bad conditions, no washouts, only a few sticks, but watch for walnuts! There is no parking at the U Street trailhead, but there is parking approx 1/3 mile east with trail access..

October, 2021 by philbonneau27

Not bad conditions, no washouts, only a few sticks, but watch for walnuts! There is no parking at the U Street trailhead, but there is parking approx 1/3 mile east with trail access..

Pennsy Trail

Great Trail.

October, 2021 by llewis230

I rode the Pennsy today from Irvington to the trail end at Mt Comfort Rd, and back. It’s an excellent paved trail with only sparse usage making for a relaxed ride. Next time we may navigate the gap between Mt Comfort and Greenfield and check out the eastern section.

Monon Trail

A great ride, but keep your eyes open in Westfield

September, 2021 by davidsontm

A new favorite! We rode from the Carmel trailhead north to Sheridan and back. The trail was beautifully, freshly blacktopped in the Carmel area - but also very heavily trafficked (granted, it was a beautiful day and Labor Day weekend). Once we got a bit further north, the trail was still smoothly paved, but we had it largely to ourselves. The trail is well-shaded for much but not all of the stretch north to Sheridan.

So to be clear, we loved the trail. From here on, I'll focus on providing info you might find useful.

Be advised, the Monon in this stretch is not always very well marked. It's especially sketchily marked in the Westfield area, where we ended up making an accidental detour west on 186th Street. The problem is compounded by the fact that there are sidewalks and paved trails all around you in that area that to all appearances could be the Monon.

FWIW, going north from 186th you should be starting at the intersection of 186th and Wheeler Rd, which changes names to Tomlinson Rd north of the intersection. From 186th north, it's basically a straight shot and there's really no question about whether you're on the Monon.

The trail becomes gradually less suburban and more rural the farther north you go from 186th, and you end by riding past barns and cornfields in the Sheridan area.

At Sheridan the trail ends at an American Legion hall at 236th St. There are two or three gas stations a short ways east on 236th where you can get drinks/food and use the restroom, but you'll have to ride on-road to get to them unless you backtrack a bit on the trail and cut through the adjacent Biddle Memorial Park.

We'd like to go back and run the stretch from Carmel to downtown Indy, but we'll probably wait for a weekday when we hopefully can avoid some of the traffic on the trail.

Limestone Greenway

Well marked trail that is lined with trees, limestone, and wildflowers. Perfect for running, walking, and biking. It passes a sewage treatment plant, so you might smell poop for a short time. One of my favorite places for a walk.

September, 2021 by christinareeves426

Well marked trail that is lined with trees, limestone, and wildflowers. Perfect for running, walking, and biking. It passes a sewage treatment plant, so you might smell poop for a short time. One of my favorite places for a walk.

Vandalia Trail

posts

August, 2021 by bk8npd6xm6

The two posts to stop motorized vehicles and to slow down u before streets are too close together. They should be staggered like at other Hendricks county parks. I ride a trike and had to pull in mirrors and slow to a crawl. Overall a very nice trail.

Eagle Creek Trail

Park at Mayor's Garden. When you get to 38th Street turn right to stay on the trail. Mile markers are confusing because the Eagle Creek Trail and Eagle Creek Greenway are combined.

August, 2021 by hikerellis62

Park at Mayor's Garden. When you get to 38th Street turn right to stay on the trail. Mile markers are confusing because the Eagle Creek Trail and Eagle Creek Greenway are combined.

Columbus People Trail

I started by the baseball field and it looked like a nice path but the trail ends and you just run thru the residential area.

August, 2021 by jose.avilestorres13

I started by the baseball field and it looked like a nice path but the trail ends and you just run thru the residential area.

Putnam Nature Trail

Short but shady trail

August, 2021 by cbabington

Very nice wooded trail. There is a gap between the first .8 miles and the second leg which is 2.6 miles long. It appears that some have bridged the gap by walking along the railroad tracks.

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