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Monon Trail, Carmel
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The Monon Trail is a rail trail located entirely within the state of Indiana. The Monon Railroad was a popular railroad line connecting the cities of Chicago and Indianapolis, with stops at major settlements along its route. After the decline of railroad travel and the sale of the company in 1987, the portion of the line between Indianapolis and Delphi, Indiana was abandoned.In Northwest Indiana, the trail is only long, running through Lake County from Munster to Hammond. In the Indianapolis area, the trail consists of running through Hamilton and Marion counties, connecting Indianapolis, Carmel, and Westfield.The first portions of the trail were created in the late 1990s, but it has been consistently extended in both of its segments since then. Today, the trail is a shared use path, complete with trailheads, park amenities, and local attractions near it.Northwest Indiana segmentNorthwest Indiana's portion of the Monon covers, starting at the Pennsy Greenway near the Illinois–Indiana border in Munster, and running north to the Erie Lackawanna Trailhead in downtown Hammond.
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  • We took an enjoyable morning run down the Monon from around 80th Street to Broad Ripple. Route was straight, flat and scenic. Broad Ripple area changed the scenery and its was pretty enjoyable short d...  more »
  • Hamilton County has the best section of Monon Trail. Marion County has let the Trail fall down with very poor maintenance so far in 2016. 
  • From Downtown to Carmel you just can't beat this trail. We love starting in Indy and riding North. Love grabbing lunch along the way. Also great to park away from the fair grounds or broad ripple and ...  more »
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