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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 pathway in Brownsburg, on the western outskirts of the capital, stretches 6 miles, offering tree-lined routes through residential communities and rural countryside.
The paved pathway begins on County Road 500 E (Tilden) through Brownsburg and terminates at County Line Road. It includes a short tunnel under Ronald Reagan Parkway decorated with beautiful painted murals. The mile-long gap from SR 267 to Ronald Reagan Parkway that once split the trail into two sections has been filled. But keep in mind this piece runs through private land.
For the western part of the trail, parking is available at State Route 267; users can park north of the trail, on Windham Court (on the east side of SR 267). Farther east, trail-goers can also park where the trail crosses Odell Street; this is between E. County Road 300 North and E. County Road 400 North.
At the eastern endpoint of the trail, parking is available in the center of the Wynbrooke subdivision on Northern Dancer Drive.
My wife and I moved to the area just three months ago, but this trail has quickly become one of my favorite places to get away, usually on my bicycle. As others have said, it's mostly quiet and well maintained. In fact, as I rode this morning a man was slowly riding his three-wheeler and blowing fallen leaves off the trail. Much appreciated!
We rode the B&O for the first time. I enjoyed it. My wife didn't like all the road crossings. She does not like to ride her bike around any traffic. That's why we do trails. Any way The trail is very well maintained 12.3 miles was the total round trip. I do like all the lights for crossing the roads We did not try the Regan trail. (Getting tired.) My only negative is there was no place to park. We parked in the church lot across the street. The person who told us about the trail said we could. (he goes to that church)
This trail is well-tended and clean with even pavement over most of it. There is a small portion where the trail crosses E County Rd 300 N that is gravel, but it is otherwise very clean. The trail is shielded from traffic by trees on both sides. The sides only open up a few times along its length. The trail is relatively flat and wide making it an easy path to walk and bike. This path is very quiet.
The trail is only 6 miles which is short if you want to run a long distance. The entrance to the trail at Raceway Rd is difficult to get to as there are no sidewalks leading to it, and it ends very close to a road that has no shoulder. I usually have to access the trail by parking in a local business and walking across grass to get to it. Another con is that, while the trail is well-groomed and trees are plenty, there are very few turns or hills that provide interest to the trail.
All-in-all, it's a fantastic,quiet path to run, walk, or bike, although it could use a little more interesting scenery and the east entrance is difficult to access.
We rode this yesterday for the first time. Beautiful...lots of shade, nice scenery, well maintained. It is now almost completed to 6 miles, so you can make a good 12 mile ride. They have almost completed the two segments. We walked our biked across the road that divided the two halves, over some gravel, but just a very short distance. The only down side is that there are no restrooms, only 2 benches for a rest stop in Brownsburg, and the parking at the trail head in Brownsburg only accommodates a few cars. But it was a beautiful experience...so many trees, quiet, not too crowded, you cross over a small river and creek. Overall a very good ride.
The B&O Trail will eventually cross the state of Indiana from Illinois to Ohio. For now, the trail consists of two short (roughly 2 miles each) paved sections separated by a little over a mile. The west section starts just south of Thornburg Parkway at SH 267 (N County Rd 700 E) in Brownsburg and travels southeast to E County Road 300 N. The eastern section starts at Ronald Reagan Parkway south of E Country Road 300 N and extends east to N. Raceway Road.
Volunteers recently cleared the link between the two open sections and it will be opening soon as an unpaved trail, perfect for walkers or folks on mountain bikes.
There are plans to connect the B&O Trail to the town of Speedway trail system and from there it will be possible to ride into downtown Indianapolis. When I-465 was recently rebuilt, a tunnel was placed under the road in anticipation of this expansion.
The paved sections of the trail are clean, safe and well-maintained. There are a lot of trees so you'll have to watch for fallen leaves and branches, especially in the fall or after summer storms.
Most users currently live in the Brownsburg area, where the trail is a nice local resource. If you go, there are no facilities or designated parking areas, but it's possible to park on O'Dell Street or Windham Court, just southeast of SH 267 and Thornburg.
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