Monon Trail

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Monon Trail
Carmel - Monon Trail.jpg
Part of the Carmel section of the Monon Greenway
Length 18.1 mi (29.1 km)
Location Indiana
Trailheads Indianapolis
Use Hiking, Biking, Rollerblading
Hiking details
Season Year round
Surface Asphalt (compacted stone north of 161st St.)
Right of way Monon Railroad
Website Indianapolis Monon Trail website;
Carmel Monon Greenway website;
Westfield Monon Trail website

The Monon Trail is a rail trail in Indiana. It uses a portion of the Chicago-Indianapolis main line of the former Monon Railroad, which was abandoned between Indianapolis and Delphi, Indiana in 1987. The section of the trail in Carmel is known as the Monon Greenway.

The trail serves both bicyclists and pedestrians. It runs from just north of downtown Indianapolis (passing through the Mapleton-Fall Creek, Meridian-Kessler, Broad Ripple, and Nora neighborhoods) into Carmel and Westfield, Indiana, a length of 18.1 miles (29.1 km). The 10.0 miles (16.1 km) in Indianapolis were completed in 1999 and the 5.2 miles (8.4 km) in Carmel were opened between 2001 and 2002. The trail was extended into Westfield starting in the fall of 2008, and since then has been extended north over the abandoned Monon right of way toward Sheridan, Indiana for a total of 2.9 miles (4.7 km) in Westfield.[1]

The Monon is used by more than 4,000 people each day. The first phases of the trail cost about $5.5 million to create.[2]

An approximate midpoint on the Monon Trail is located at 39°52′44″N 86°8′27″W / 39.87889°N 86.14083°W / 39.87889; -86.14083Coordinates: 39°52′44″N 86°8′27″W / 39.87889°N 86.14083°W / 39.87889; -86.14083.

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  1. ^ "Monon Greenway - Carmel". Indiana Trails. Greenways Foundation. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Price, Nelson (2004). Indianapolis Then & Now. San Diego, California: Thunder Bay Press. p. 131. ISBN 1-59223-208-6. 

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