Monon Trail

Indianapolis, IN

This urban greenway passes through a series of diverse urban neighborhoods and promotes the physical connection of the city’s parks, schools, commercial centers, cultural sites, and wildlife habitats.

This 10-mile trail celebrates the Monon Railroad’s legacy and passes through several of Indianapolis’ urban neighborhoods. It connects city parks and cultural sites, and preserves the historic railroad through the adaptive reuse of the railbed landscape and its structures. As the city’s first rail-to-trail project, the Monon established a model of planning and design for the subsequent development of the Indy Greenways system.

The Monon has had a profound impact on the landscape of Indianapolis. Since the trail’s completion, a significant amount of private investment and redevelopment has occurred along the corridor. The project has also received numerous design awards, including the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Centennial Medallion, which recognizes the nation’s most significant landscapes.

Today, the Monon is one of the country’s premiere urban trails. It is used annually by more than one million individuals, with daily traffic counts exceeding 4,000.