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146th Street Trail

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

B&O Trail

3.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

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

Big 4 Trail (Whitestown)

2.2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Bridgewater Club Trail

2.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Carey Road Trail

1.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Cattail Trail

4.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Centennial Trail (IN)

2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Covington Circle Trail

5.2 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

Greyhound Trail

0.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Hagan-Burke Trail

1.42 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Industrial Heritage Trail

2.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Lafayette Linear Park

1.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Little Turtle Waterway Trail

1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Midland Trace Trail

2.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Monon Trail

23.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Natalie Wheeler Trail

1.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

Nickel Plate Trail

36.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Panhandle Pathway

22 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

River Bluff Trail

1.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Sugar Creek Trail

3.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Trolley Line Trail (IN)

1.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

White River Greenway (Noblesville)

5.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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 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 3.1 mi Asphalt
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 Big 4 Rail 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 trail is already complete....
IN 2.2 mi Asphalt
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
Cattail Trail provides a pleasant route through West Lafayette, beginning in Pickett Memorial Park and winding north, making connections to the Purdue University campus. Along the way, you'll travel...
IN 4.7 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
Covington Circle Trail provides a partial loop around Covington in northwestern Indiana, offering views of farmland, wetlands, and small wooded creeks. Future plans call for completing the circle...
IN 5.2 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
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
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 Lafayette Linear Park is a paved trail on the southern side of Lafayette, Indiana. The trail occupies a rail corridor once used by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway...
IN 1.1 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 23.1 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
Accordion
Indiana’s Nickel Plate Trail runs along the former corridor of the Peru & Indianapolis Railroad chartered in 1846. The line offered passenger and freight service under various names, including the...
IN 36.9 mi Asphalt
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
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
The Sugar Creek Trail meanders on the southwestern outskirts of Crawfordsville through suburban back yards, wooded parks and cultivated fields. It follows part of an old Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago...
IN 3.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Indiana’s Trolley Line Trail runs through popular Happy Hollow Park in West Lafayette. In addition to the paved trail, the 81-acre park offers a softball field, open turf area, hiking trails,...
IN 1.3 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

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Big 4 Trail (Lebanon to Thorntown)

Scout Hiking MB 20 miler

September, 2018 by utterbackjeff67

Our scout troop completed a 20 miler (Thorntown to lebanon and back). It was a great time! Trail is in decent shape and has a lot better upkeep closer to Lebanon. With a little love and attention it will be a great trail! We can't wait someday to see this connected to Lafayette (Prophetstown trails) and scout to Whitestown/Indianapolis! Our Local Troop will be conducting several more hikes and try Bicycling MB on the trail. I see many opportunities for Eagle projects along the trail.

Greyhound Trail

it was our first Trail and it spear heads into 2 other trails. very nice area and paved

August, 2018 by cmscenter88

it was our first Trail and it spear heads into 2 other trails. very nice area and paved

Panhandle Pathway

Excellent underrated Trail

July, 2018 by tommyspan

I live in southwest Lake County, Indiana, so this trail is a little far for me, but well worth it. I've ridden it twice in two different sections, and it is an outstanding trail that cuts right through rural north central Indiana. It is completely paved, there are enough benches along its length as well, and, at least during the week, seems completely devoid of people. There are also a few small parking lots along the way. Check this trail out for sure.

Accordion

Eagle Creek Trail

disappointing

July, 2018 by ccmayer82

There is no where to park at the trail head. Really? What a waste

Panhandle Pathway

jbatalis

July, 2018 by jbatalis

Nice Trail It was alittle hard to find trailhead in Winamac drove right past it, but they were constructing what looked like a new one with facilities a block away.....be sure to update the directions Trail does run along side of hwy 35 Had a nice lunch at Jacks

Covington Circle Trail

Three Sides of Loop Complete

July, 2018 by negangardo

As of writing this the north, east, and south sides of the loop are complete. There is new asphalt linking Pearl St and 136 on the east side. I skated a complete loop by going up 3rd St from the SW trailhead, turning right onto Union St, and turning left onto 5th St to get back to the park. The roads are pretty rough for skating unless you have big wheels.

The trail itself is pretty nice. The asphalt section is very nice and smooth, but the majority of the trail is a little rough with lots of raised cracks in the pavement that aren't marked. If you take the loop clockwise you get to enjoy a long downhill on the southern part of the loop though, which is fun.

Monon Trail

Great urban trail

June, 2018 by kgremosindy

We rode the trail from down-town Indianapolis north to Westfield. You have to piece together the path from the intersection with Midland Trace up to the soccer fields (it is basically an oversized sidewalk that follows the roadway). We jumped on lightly traveled country roads at the soccer fields and picked up the trail into Sheridan. The portion into Sheridan was lovely and shaded. Can't wait for them to finish the portion that connects the two sections. It will be a great ride.

146th Street Trail

Ugh

June, 2018 by kgremosindy

Follows a very busy road and crosses many crossroads and highway entrances. Just stay on the Monon unless you need to get to a store that is off 146th.

Eagle Creek Trail

Incomplete trail.

June, 2018 by kgremosindy

Tried to take the southern section of the trail north from Raymond Street. The path is incomplete at it's southern end with no clear marking of where the trail picks up after it ends at street intersections. Got about a mile up the trail and a small bridge was blocked with snow fence and a sign saying the trail was closed for cleanup. Nobody in sight, the fence was broken down in areas so it has been up at least a few days if not longer. Very disappointed as the area we rode on was very nice and quiet. It will be a while before I attempt this trail again as it was just not worth the hassle.

Little Turtle Waterway Trail

Trail extension

March, 2018 by kevinhow

This was the second time on this trail. The first time it did indeed end at 12th Street. This time (3/3/18), the trail kept going...my wife and I went another 15 minutes or so before turning back (lunch at the nearby China Lane - yum!), so didn't get to the end. I'm assuming it has been extended to the 18th street mark at least. Next time we'll find out for sure...

Nickel Plate Trail

Fun trail

January, 2018 by joneszmusicman

I rode this trail in July of 2017. I went from Rochester to Kokomo, got food, and rode back up to my car in Rochester.

Surface - all asphalt, and in good condition when I rode it. Did it on a road bike with 23mm tires and had no issues - held a great pace and didn't get shook up.

Scenery - Relaxing, but nothing to write home about for the most part. Corn Belt views. However, there are some cool river crossings, and the descents into Peru from either direction were scenic and interesting.

Amenities - This trail passes through a good amount of towns. I never felt worried about my water access.

Notes:
- Biking to food on the Kokomo end is a bit of a haul. Not as bad in Rochester. But, there was a Hardee's there, so it was 100% worth it.
- Loved the southbound climb out of Peru. Stream crossings, curves, the bridge over the Wabash...highlight section of the ride.
- There's a road crossing every mile for most of the ride. Not busy roads, but it can be a bit annoying.

Nickel Plate Trail

A true gem

October, 2017 by delmont425

We rode our tandem with another couple on singles today from Kokomo to Rochester and back. What a great experience! This is an outstanding trail with lots to offer in terms of scenery, solitude, very good pavement, and plenty of open space. It is also a very well-maintained trail--a storm came through last night with high winds, resulting in a few downed limbs and many walnuts strewn on the pavement. By the time we passed back through these areas late in the afternoon, someone had taken care of almost all of it! There was a tree across the trail at one point; another trail user told us she had contacted someone about getting it takne care of; that was around 10:30 and by the time we passed by on our way back south you'd have never known the tree was ever there. You can tell people care about this trail and it's one we very highly recommend!

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