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Indianapolis, IN: Monon Rail Trail

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Distance: 31.1 miles


It's a multi-use magnet! This 15.5-mile path through Indianapolis has a smooth, paved, and traffic-free surface perfect for an evening ride or family outing--just watch out for runaway rollerbladers!
  • 10th Street Trail
  • Bridge
  • Wide Path
  • Shaded Path
  • Central Park
  • Central Park
  • 116th Street
  • Extension
  • End

This popular urban trail is easily accessible along its entire length, and bisects several other Indianapolis Greenway paths. This mapped route begins at the Monon’s southernmost point—10th street just east of I-70—and heads north 15.5 miles through the city of Carmel.

In it’s southern reaches (below 38th Street) the trail has an industrial feel, passing warehouses before crossing Fall Creek and skirting the Indiana State Fairgrounds. As the trail continues north, it is increasingly tree-lined and passes several residential neighborhood parks and busy, retail hot-spots including Broad Ripple—be sure to stop by the Greenway Foundation Depot on 64th Street for a complete run-down of local bike routes. Continuing north, the Monon Trail passes the Nora Shopping center near mile 9 (use the pedestrian crossing signal at 86th Street) before reaching its official end at 96th Street.

The last five miles of this route follow the Monon Greenway of Carmel, a trail extension that leads into the northern suburb, passing through the town’s bustling Main Street business center to a tiny plaza at 146th Street where this out-and-back—and the paved path—ends. Plans are in motion to extend the trail for an even longer round-trip in the years to come.

-Mapped by Swati Gunale

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