The Monon Trail is a popular paved path that serves cyclist, pedestrians, and even the occasional rollerblader. A total of 18.1 miles, it runs from just north of downtown Indianapolis, up through Broad Ripple, and into Carmel and Westfield. It uses a portion of the former Monon Railroad.
The Monon links together neighborhoods, recreational facilities, commercial districts, schools and parks. The trail is for everyone and anyone, which makes for some great people watching. There are benches along the way if you want to take a stroll and sit, or if you need a workout, stick your ear buds in and get your run on.
The Monon Trail is open year round, but in the warmer months, many parts of the trail is covered by a canopy of greenery. The section of the trail in Carmel is even called the Monon Greenway.
Don’t worry if you don’t live (or work) within walking or biking distance to the Monon. There is free parking and access points to the Monon. The best access points are at the Indianapolis Art Center’s trailside lot (820 E. 67th St), and dedicated 96th Street lot (1451 E. 96th St).
See below for a map of the trail- go out and enjoy it!