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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. As of fall 2022, the trail exists in two segments.
On the western outskirts of the capital, the paved pathway stretches 6.25 miles through Brownsburg, offering tree-lined routes through residential communities and rural countryside. The trail begins on County Road 500 E (Tilden) through Brownsburg and terminates at N Raceway Rd (Clermont). It includes a short tunnel under Ronald Reagan Parkway decorated with beautiful painted murals. Restrooms are available at Cardinal Bark Park (3432 Hornaday Rd), slightly north of the trail.
The eastern section of the trail stretches another 1.6 miles in Speedway, running between Eagle Creek and Allison Way. The western end of this section connects with the Eagle Creek Greenway.
Construction on new sections of the trail is underway. The project involves extending the existing B&O Trail in the town of Speedway, which will 2.6 miles of new asphalt trail. Specifically, the trail will continue east from the town of Speedway to Michigan Street in the city of Indianapolis. There are also plans to extend the trail west from Speedway towards the Hendricks County line, which would close the gap between the existing sections of the B&O Trail in Speedway and Hendricks County, including a bridge over Eagle Creek. The first part of this western trail extension that includes the bridge over Eagle Creek is scheduled to be substantially complete by December of 2022.
The public transportation system of Indianapolis, IndyGo, provides access to the trail at several points along the route. More information can be found on the IndyGo website.
For those who are arriving by car, parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. View the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.
Parking locations include the B&O Trailhead in Brownsburg (3575 IN-267), a paved lot at the dead-end of N Worth Avenue (Speedway) and paved linear lots on either side of N Main Street (Speedway). Both the N Worth Avenue and N Main Street lots have at least one accessible space.
Today was my first time on the B&O trail. I have always wanted to ride it since I was a teenager, the section of the trail that goes from Raceway to Tansel was right down the street from my grandmas house but back then a mountain bike would have been required and I don't think Gravel bikes were a thing yet. Ended up doing two end to end trips today and had an absolute blast, the squirrels were not to pleased with me though.
Great riding trail. The paved portion is actually about 6.2 miles end-to-end.
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!
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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