Avoiding high gas prices, keeping the environment clean, and staying active are a few solid reasons people might choose to ride a bicycle rather than drive a car. But the high-quality trails in Carmel and Westfield provide more than that-these trails are lined with restaurants and attractions that draw cyclists from the community and beyond to Hamilton County, Indiana.
Whether someone owns a bike or not, the Carmel Cyclery is the perfect place for travelers to begin. This family-owned, service-oriented shop loves getting people out on the trails. They offer bike rentals for locals and out-of-towners alike. They have comfort, recumbent, or tandem bikes available for rent, and the kids can ride their own or tag along in a trailer. Rentals are extremely affordable based on the length of the ride, decreasing cost per hour as the time increases, and come with helmets, locks, and maps.
With the bike and safety materials all set, the trails are ready to be discovered. The most popular trail is the Monon, a 17-mile long (and ever-growing) path that stretches from Indianapolis to Westfield. Families looking for a safe, scenic afternoon can keep heading north into Westfield until they hit the Monon-Midland Outer Loop. This loop is all paved, and they will run across several parks along the way where they can rest or play.
The City Center Loop is the perfect option to be in the epicenter of Carmel and see what makes this city one of the fastest-growing cities in Indiana. It's a little less than seven miles long, but it could take an entire day with all the exciting stops that line the path. One of the first things the trail intersects is the Carmel Arts and Design District. Depending on the day and season, visitors have access to delicious fresh produce at the Farmer's Market, a production at the Center for the Performing Arts, and all sorts of shops and food, including famous Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream.
Bikers will want to walk around and peek in the various local boutiques, antique shops, and galleries in the area before heading back to the trail. One must-see location is the Old Towne Antique Mall, which has dozens of booths with antique toys, jewelry, books, and more.
After stopping back at the Carmel Cyclery, guests will find that the workers are more than willing to answer questions and give information on more of the trails in Hamilton County. There are trails for individuals or families, any range of experience, and plenty of sites to see!
Even if someone prefers to bike more for the sport, exercise, or practicality, they will be more than pleased with the Carmel and Westfield loops. But with all the surrounding community these trails have to offer, there is no other reason needed than the entertainment along the way!