The Monon Trail is one of the most popular outdoor amenities in central Indiana. This premier destination is a paved pedestrian pathway, perfect for biking, walking and running through the heart of Hamilton County, Indiana and connecting to Indianapolis. On any given day, you’ll see families with strollers, dogs on leashes, hardcore cyclists and runners or people simply strolling. Before you hit the trail, learn more about this unique outdoor experience in Indiana.
About the Monon Trail
A former railroad route, the Monon Trail was established in 1996 and transformed from railway to greenway, intended for commuter and recreational use. It now spans more than 25 miles in length, starting in the town of Sheridan and connecting south through Westfield and Carmel. From there, the Monon Trail continues into Indianapolis through the Broad Ripple neighborhood and meets up with the Cultural Trail near Massachusetts Avenue downtown.
Good to Know
In Hamilton County, there are a number of access points to the Monon Trail with free parking. Find trailheads at 96th Street as well as Rohrer Road, just south of 146th Street. Or, park along the street or in a parking garage and hop on the Monon Trail at Main Street in the Carmel Arts and Design District or at Carmel City Center and the Palladium.
The Monon Trail is open year-round, dawn to dusk. The trail is plowed in the winter, but best enjoyed spring through fall. It’s the perfect spot to pedal and see the leaves change in October.
Bring your own bike to pedal your way up and down the Monon. No bike? No problem. Find Zagster bike share stations in Carmel and Westfield and rent a bike for $3/hour using the Zagster app.
Things to Do Nearby
There are so many things to do just steps off the Monon Trail. Check out downtown Carmel’s Arts and Design District on Main Street. There are lots of dining options, including Bazbeaux Pizza, Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream and the Pint Room. Coming this spring, don’t miss the new 3UP cocktail bar and Anthony’s Chophouse as well as Sun King Spirits. On a Saturday in summer, visit the Carmel Farmers’ Market near the Center for the Performing Arts and Carmel City Center. Further south, hop off and explore The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center.