Franklin, IN Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Big 4 Rail Trail (Zionsville)

3.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Thorntown)

9.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

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

Fall Creek Trail (IN)

6.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Greyhound Trail

0.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Hagan-Burke Trail

1.42 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pogues Run Trail

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Tracy Trail

1.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Vandalia Trail

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

White River Greenway (Noblesville)

5.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Big 4 Rail 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,...
IN 3.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Big 4 Rail Trail is a developing 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 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
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
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 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
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 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
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

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Trails by activity

Hagan-Burke Trail

IN - 1.42 miles

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...

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...

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...

White River Greenway (Noblesville)

IN - 5.9 miles

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...

Accordion

Greyhound Trail

IN - 0.4 miles

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...

Vandalia Trail

IN - 16 miles

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...

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...

Big 4 Rail Trail (Zionsville)

IN - 3.7 miles

The Big 4 Rail 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,...

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Thorntown)

IN - 9.5 miles

The Big 4 Rail Trail is a developing 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...

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...

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,...

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...

White River Greenway (Noblesville)

IN - 5.9 miles

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...

Greyhound Trail

IN - 0.4 miles

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...

Big 4 Rail Trail (Zionsville)

IN - 3.7 miles

The Big 4 Rail 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,...

Accordion

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Thorntown)

IN - 9.5 miles

The Big 4 Rail Trail is a developing 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...

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,...

Vandalia Trail

IN - 16 miles

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...

Hagan-Burke Trail

IN - 1.42 miles

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...

Pogues Run Trail

IN - 2.3 miles

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...

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...

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...

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...

Greyhound Trail

IN - 0.4 miles

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...

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 River Greenway (Noblesville)

IN - 5.9 miles

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...

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...

Accordion

Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Thorntown)

IN - 9.5 miles

The Big 4 Rail Trail is a developing 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...

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...

Vandalia Trail

IN - 16 miles

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...

Hagan-Burke Trail

IN - 1.42 miles

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...

Big 4 Rail Trail (Zionsville)

IN - 3.7 miles

The Big 4 Rail 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,...

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...

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...

Pogues Run Trail

IN - 2.3 miles

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

White River Greenway Trail (Martinsville)

Perfect trail for walking, running or biking-2 miles out, 2 miles back. Beautiful scenery along the river with picnic tables along the way. Paved and flat.

September, 2020 by tmaginn

Perfect trail for walking, running or biking-2 miles out, 2 miles back. Beautiful scenery along the river with picnic tables along the way. Paved and flat.

B&O Trail

Great riding trail. The paved portion is actually about 6.2 miles end-to-end.

September, 2020 by dave.g.elmore

Great riding trail. The paved portion is actually about 6.2 miles end-to-end.

B-Line Trail

Info you can use...

September, 2020 by timothyrw

We started on the North end of the trail. We parked at the Rev Ernest D. Butler Park. Use the parking lot off of Fairview St on the east side of the park; this is by the playground/swings. There are about 7-8 parking spaces. From there it is a very short ride north to enter the trail (like, coast down the hill and there it is).

From there we rode the three miles of the B-Line. We went on a Sunday and the trail was relatively busy. Along the way we rode through part of downtown but traffic was very light. Vehicles were respectful of the crossings and would stop if they were paying attention.

Along the B-Line we saw a bike repair shop, bike/skate board park, splash pad, playground, dog park, and more. Bloomington has really developed this trail and the amenities on it. Due to COVID the water fountains were covered.

The trail is paved and mostly flat. There was one large incline overpass but nothing too hard. The B-Line section ends at W Country Club Dr where there is another area to park if you wanted to start on the South end and travel north. There are approximately 17 or so parking spaces there with Handicapped parking.

We continued south onto the gravel Bloomington Rail Trail. We actually rode straight south from the B-line and realized we were on a motor path that runs parallel to the Bloomington Rail Trail; to get on the Rail Trail there is a slight jog to the west (by the parking lot). We were not the only ones who did this; but the actual trail is better in that it has tree coverage and it was a really sunny day. We eventually cut over to the proper trail when the motor path ended as we continued south.

We stopped at a large creek bridge that is just south of the roundabout for the Clear Creek Trail. We rested, took some pictures, and headed back North. We had a 9-year old and 12-year old with us and they were worn out at the end of what turned out to be a 10-mile round trip bike ride. It was a great time, though!

Accordion

Blue River Trail (Shelbyville)

Nice big effort for a small town

September, 2020 by browncow55

We pedaled from Indy to Shelbyville to get some ice cream at the local Cow Palace. As the Palace is essentially at the center of this cute little trail we decided to check it out. The 'eastern reach' is very nice and much more what we expect for a paved bike trail with smooth pavement and some wooded areas. Great idea to connect city parks and the trail even goes through a portion of the county fair grounds. There are an impressive number of restrooms, air pumps and bicycle maintenance stations - a nice touch! A very attractive new "trail head" parking area with clean restrooms, etc. but it was not connected to the trail? Not a destination trail but if you find yourself in the area...

White River Greenway Trail (Martinsville)

Hidden Gem

September, 2020 by jawalters4

My husband and I did this trail in Labor Day. The path is paved with some sun and some shade. No hills. Fabulous for those looking for an easy stroll or bike ride. The River was clean. We saw a huge snapper turtle over a short cliff. There were a few gravel/sand bars where people were fishing or skipping rocks.

Pogues Run Trail

99% of trails are gravel, some of it very loose. NOT good for road bikes or trikes. Recommended off road bikes only!Very nice for bird watching, saw several different types.Good place to walk your dogs.Very little shade for walking or running.

September, 2020 by marrak007

99% of trails are gravel, some of it very loose. NOT good for road bikes or trikes. Recommended off road bikes only!Very nice for bird watching, saw several different types.Good place to walk your dogs.Very little shade for walking or running.

B&O Trail

great trail

September, 2020 by andrea_ellingwood

This trail is quiet, smooth & mostly shaded. There’s a few spots to venture off the trail to clock a few extra miles. It smells like autumn with leaves beginning to fall. Several benches and a bridge also provide a nice place to stop and enjoy the scenery. There’s even a book box, a fairy garden and a beautiful mural to enjoy as well. Looking forward to it growing longer!

Columbus People Trail

Very frustrating and disappointing day

August, 2020 by julie.dwenger

This trail has a lot of potential so for the life of me I can't understand why the city of Columbus doesn't take advantage of it more by making tweaks that seem so simple to me. There are probably some restaurants along the way but I couldn't look for them I was so busy trying to figure out where the h*** I was supposed to go without getting hit by a car. Parts of this trail are very nice but it's disconnected at numerous points along the way and there is no signage whatsoever for guidance. Absolutely NO SIGNAGE AT ALL. ANYWHERE. You can wind up taking a wrong turn because this trail intersects with others, as we did, and take your $2000 bike into a mudslide area, as we did. And if it's rained at all before your visit, plan on a swampy ride. If you are a local it might be okay, but if you aren't and are looking for a nice ride, I'd go somewhere else. Not impressed. We won't be back.

Monon Trail

This Trail has a lot to Offer

July, 2020 by jdstallinga

In my summer tour of Indiana bike trails, I had to experience the infamous Monon Trail. I was not disappointed. It is a well marked, well maintained trail that offers a variety of scenery. The portion that takes you from Westfield south through Carmel is absolutely beautiful: shaded, wide, newly paved. Carmel, Westfield, and Broad Ripple offer many places to stop and eat right along the path. This section is popular and can be a bit busy, however.
The section north of Westfield leading to Sheridan offers a completely different, rural feel. A straight, flat, shaded trail takes you through the middle of farmland as you will see nothing but crops to your right and to your left. It is also very desolate; it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere and you will not see many other people on the path or elsewhere, but a pleasant piece of the trail with some nice views.
If you are interested in conquering two paths in a couple days, you may want to consider doing what I did: I stayed at a Hampton Inn in Westfield (the trail literally passes within 5 feet of the parking lot), rode the Monon in one day. The next day I hopped in the car and headed north to the Nickel Plate trail, which is just a 30 minute drive up Rt. 31 to the southern trailhead. Spent the next day riding the Nickel Plate.

Vandalia Trail

Vandalia Trail Greencastle to Amo Indiana

July, 2020 by ardeano1764

Wife and I went the day after strong storms. One tree down across the trail but we got around it ok. The first part was chipped rock and the second asphalt. I was riding a Trek Domane road bike which handled it well and wife riding a Specialized hybrid that went through without any trouble whatsoever.
Benches ever so often and it was shaded very well with some short stretches of open sky.
Loved this trail.

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

Trees down

July, 2020 by printerhughes

There are presently trees down on the trail following a storm (Probably July 11 or 12, 2020). The route is very blocked by bridge number 8, though walkers have moved around one side. This looked too difficult for us to navigate with bicycles. There is a large tree down over the path just east of bridge 16, approx. mile 4.7. It is possible to walk a bicycle under this tree. I do not know where or how to report these. Love the trail, good shade and good condition and beautiful.

White Lick Creek Trail

The scenery along the creek and fields was beautiful.

July, 2020 by orlena.hart

The scenery along the creek and fields was beautiful.

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