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How close is Monon Trail

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How close is Monon Trail


I'm staying at the Indianapolis East Marriott in a couple of weeks. How close is the Monon Trail to the hotel?


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1. Re: How close is Monon Trail

It's a little hard to give a direct answer as the trail is over 10 miles long. I think it's actually longer (at least it shows that way on Google Maps), but the City of Indy website says ~10 miles; I think that is because that's how long it is *in* Indy and the northern continuation is outside of the city limits. (Google maps shows it continuing all the way up past 169th Street in Westfiled where it links up with another trail.)

Thus, the exact portion of the trail you're going to will impact how far away it is.

The closest portion of the trail to your hotel is located in the downtown area (the trail ends at 10th and Massachusetts where it links up with the downtown Cultural Trail) and according to Google maps is 7.8 miles from your hotel. I suppose it might be *slightly* shorter to hit the trail a little further north, but the difference won't be significant. Also, just as an FYI, the northern end of the trail (in Indy) is at 96th Street and would be a little over 14 miles from your hotel; obviously the northern extension is farther.

Presuming you're going to be driving to get to the trail you need to consider parking and I believe the map on the city website shows parking ("trailhead") options.

Here's a link to the city's website on the Monon Trail:


and here's the wikipedia page for it (which does give its length as 16+ miles):


and for completeness, here's one for the Cultural Trail:


Hope this helps,


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2. Re: How close is Monon Trail

You may want to consider just walking over to the canal area in D.T. there are walking paths there and much closer to your location. Just look it up on google maps.

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3. Re: How close is Monon Trail

Don't think the Canal walk is closer, OP is staying at the EAST Marriott, not one of the downtown ones. The Canal walk is *not* closer to the hotel - on the other hand, it's really any farther either - but will require a drive. That said, the Canal Walk is certainly an option and isn't significantly farther than the Monon Trail (in the big picture) and there are some other walks as well the OP might want to consider.

The Canal walk is locate on the NW "corner" of downtown running along "Museum Row" and the Canal to the east/north.

A few other possibilities are the Canal walk in Broadripple (forget if it has a formal name or not & too lazy to check). Also, you might want to check out the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The have a trail that runs through the "100 Acres" an outdoor exhibition area. Also, if OP would prefer a more nature walk there is Eagle Creek Park. Don't know any specific on trails there, but I've got to think there are some.

That's all for now,


Edited: 10:57 am, April 04, 2013
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4. Re: How close is Monon Trail

Smoke n Mirrors,

Great answers and suggestions from the previous posters - are you coming back into town for the Mini Marathon again?

If you can let us know what you are looking to do on the Monon (bike ride? run?) we can help point you in the right direction re: best place to access it and park, other good options for the type of activity you are looking to do etc...

Let us know how we can help!


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Edited: 10:44 am, April 08, 2013
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5. Re: How close is Monon Trail

Good idea from previous poster about letting us know what, specifically, you're looking for in order to help point you in the right direction. But, to answer your specific question: not very. The southern-most entrance for the trail is just west of 10th & Massachusetts -- 5 to 7 miles west of the hotel. The Monon Trail does show up on Google Maps so you may want to look at it online and see if it meets your needs

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