Our Favorite Bike Paths in Indianapolis

Hopping on your bike is a great way to get some fresh air and get your body moving.

And we have many fabulous bike paths in Indianapolis available for you to do just that! So strap on your helmet, fill up your water bottle and explore Indy on two wheels this summer.

Our Favorite Bike Paths in Indianapolis:

The Big-4 Rail Trail 

Heritage Trail Park off CR 875 East and bridge over Eagle Creek south of Starkey Ave.

One day, this nearly 4-mile trail will stretch over 50 miles from Zionsville to Lafayette. For now, the trail connects to numerous Zionsville parks and takes riders through beautiful natural scenery. Hop off the path for a quick stop into downtown Zionsville before continuing on. 

Central Canal Towpath

Monon Trail between Guilford Ave. and Westfield Blvd. (Broad Ripple) and W. 30th St. and N. Harding St. near Riverside Park (Indianapolis)

Also known as the IWC Canal Greenway, this beautiful 5-mile trail hits Butler University’s campus, Holcomb Gardens and Newfields. Keep your eyes peeled for critters in the canal and along the path! 

White River Wapahani Trail

W. 38th St. and White River Pkwy. W Dr. at Riverside Regional Park and W. Raymond St. and S. White River Pkwy. W Dr.

This 7-mile trail picks up where the Central Canal Towpath leaves off. Leading into downtown, this path takes riders to White River State Park and the Indianapolis Zoo. Riders can also veer off and hop on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail at Washington Street. 

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

White River State Park at W. Washington St. and N. California St. and Monon Trail at E. 10th St. and Lewis St. (Indianapolis)

This 8-mile trail is a true pride and joy of the city. Connecting all 6 of Indy’s Cultural Districts, this paved path is one of the safest and most fun ways to explore Indianapolis. Seasonal tours are offered if you’re looking to learn more about the history of the trail, otherwise it’s always open for you to enjoy at your leisure.


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Eagle Creek Trail

Eagle Creek Pkwy & Falcon Talon Ln to W 56th St and Reed St and W Raymond St to Tip St north of I-70

This 7-mile paved trail weaves riders through beautiful land and gardens, with scenes of forests and wildlife. Eventually this path will stretch 50 miles and connect to many other trails around the city, but until then, pack a lunch and enjoy the ride. 

Fall Creek Trail

George E. Kessler Park to Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis

This trail mixes natural, wooded scenery with an urban setting. The 7 miles will take you along Fall Creek, ride past the Indiana State Fairgrounds, wind you through cool neighborhoods and connect you to the Monon Trail. 

Monon Rail Trail

Opel St. and E. 236th St. (Sheridan) and E. 10th St. and Lewis St. (Indianapolis)

Stretching 27 miles from the northern town of Sheridan to Mass Ave in downtown Indy with several access points, this historic trail is one of the best ways to get a comprehensive look at the city. Pick a few miles of trail each week and ride the whole thing by the end of summer!  

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Photo credit: www.facebook.com/IndyCulturalTrail

BONUS: Mountain Biking Trails We Love 

Town Run Trail Park

5325 E. 96th St., Indianapolis

With about 7 miles of packed dirt trails and skills areas within this 127-acre park, Town Run Trail is a mountain biker’s paradise. Beginner and intermediate level trails available, so riders can improve their skills in a safe environment. 

Southwestway Park

8400 S. Mann Rd., Indianapolis

This park is second in size only to Eagle Creek Park and offers about 4 miles of mountain biking trails. The northern loop has some trickier spots, while the southern loop contains no technical features and is great for kids and beginners. Don’t forget to mind the horses who share the trail! 

Schoen Creek Trail

Fort Harrison State Park, 6000 N. Post Rd., Indianapolis 

Located within Fort Harrison State Park, this path is just over 3 miles and is shared by bikers and hikers. Stay alert, enjoy the dips and try not to get too distracted by the beautiful surroundings.

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