Columbus People Trail


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Columbus People Trail Facts

States: Indiana
Counties: Bartholomew
Length: 15.7 miles
Trail end points: West Hill Shopping Center and River Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8594175

Columbus People Trail Description

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 bike lanes, and several miles of paved off-road trail connecting parks, the historic downtown, shopping areas, schools, and three rivers.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at several parks along the Columbus People Trail, including:

  • Lincoln Park (2501 Lincoln Park Dr.)
  • Blackwell Park (Westenedge and Parkside Dr.)
  • Mill Race Park (Fifth and Lindsey St.)
  • Noblitt Park (entrance at west end of 17th St just off Washington St.)

Columbus People Trail Reviews

Gentle Urban and Country Mix

This trail is lots of fun. I did the Southern section by starting at Noblitt Park and winding along the Flat Rock river and through Mill Race park. You end up at the Western edge of Columbus. The Northern section was even better. I started at the airport next to the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum and the newly installed C-119 ‘Flying Boxcar’ troop and cargo transport. First you navigate through a commercial section that leads to a short time on low-travelled city streets. Then you rejoin the well paved path that winds South along Haw Creek and the Greenbelt golf course. Very serene ride through a cityscape with a wonderful mixture of nature and neighborhoods.

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.

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.

Very frustrating and disappointing day

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.


Great peaceful ride around Columbus. When not on trail, the path is on quiet city streets. The only small issue is on the south end of trail because you need to cross some busy city streets.


Columbus People Trail

Very difficult to follow. Needs signage.

Explore Columbus

Well maintained and often used trail.

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