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The Monon Trail: Indianapolis’ Green Artery

The Monon Trail in Indianapolis is the major artery of the Indy Greenways, which are quickly becoming famous. It is the very essence of the perfect urban greenway, a well-maintained and well-traveled trail big enough for four or five people to travel side-by-side.

The Monon Trail connects dozens of neighborhoods including the Carmel Monon Trail and the Westfield Monon Trail. It also connects to many commercial areas, as well as other trails and the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It moves straight and true through the city of Indianapolis, past Broad Ripple Village and the White River and along the west side of downtown Indianapolis.

Monon Trail in Broad Ripple Indianapolis Indiana

First conceived by nature-loving citizens in the 1980s, the Monon Trail did not become a formal entity until 1996. Since then, it has become a top Indianapolis attraction and has been used to improve public life drastically.

People use the trail for all kinds of purposes: jogging, walking, rollerblading, biking and simply enjoying the fresh air and beauty all around them. It’s a great way to beat the traffic and tone up at the same time.

Monon Trail on the River Broad Ripple Indianapolis Indiana

Connecting to the nearby suburb of Carmel, Indiana, the Monon Trail offers a sense of belonging to both communities. Measuring 10 and a half miles long, the trail joins the five-mile Carmel section at 96th and 10th.

For more information on the Monon Trail in Indianapolis, please visit the Indy Greenways homepage.

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