Looking for a great outdoor activity that allows you to explore the Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington, Indiana, areas? Then, the Monon Trail is perfect for you!
The History of the Monon
The Monon Trail is named for the Monon Railroad, which was built on the land the trail inhabits now. In 1999, a 10-mile bike and pedestrian trail was erected to help visitors travel the area by bike or just enjoy a relaxing stroll in a picturesque area.
This trail quickly became the national model for rail-to-trail conversions and has even been named to the “Rail Trail Hall of Fame” by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
The popularity of the Monon has quickly grown it to be more than 25 miles spanning through Central Indiana. It connects downtown Indianapolis to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail for a unique and enjoyable outdoor ride.
What Makes the Monon Trail So Unique?
The Monon Trail is unlike most other bike trails in that it connects cities and neighborhoods and passes by arts, culture, and tourist attractions. Riding this trail is more than just a fun outdoor activity; it’s also a great way to explore all the sights of Central Indiana.
Some of the most popular stops along this trail include:
- Carmel Central Park
- Waterpark at the Commons
- West Commons Playground and Splashpad
- Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream
- Center for the Performing Arts
- Kawachinagano Japanese Gardens
- The Hotel Broad Ripple
- Locally Grown Gardens
- Angel of Hope
The Monon Trail also connects to other popular trails, such as the following, so there’s no limit to what you can explore:
- Midland Trace Trail
- Natalie Wheeler Trail
- Central Canal Towpath
- Fall Creek Trail
- Pogues Run Trail
- Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Round up Your Friends and Visit the Monon Trail Today
Grab your bike and get ready to visit the Monon Trail. If you don’t already have a bike, no problem! Check out the bikeshare program in the area or one of the many bike shops. Otherwise, hit the trail on foot with some friends or your dog.
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